Drinks

The change will remove 850t of plastic from a range of brands annually

Budweiser to pull plastic rings from UK beer

By Dan Colombini

Britain’s best-selling beer brands Budweiser and Stella Artois have announced a multi-million pound investment to eliminate plastic rings from can packaging across their entire UK-produced range by the end of 2020.

Manufacturers and retailers reduced sugar by 2.9% across 10 categories between 2015–2018

‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report

By Noli Dinkovski

Breakfast cereal and yogurt manufacturers are leading the way in sugar reduction, but progress in confectionery, biscuits and puddings has stalled, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) second-year report on the food industry’s attempt to voluntarily...

Use of unapproved scales can land breweries with hefty fines

Breweries found lacking on scales

By Rod Addy

A quarter of breweries are not using Trade Approved scales, despite potentially risking fines of more than £1,000 and even imprisonment for not doing so, according to a survey by the Marsden Weighing Group.

Foods high in fat, sugar or salt are being targeted by the Scottish Government

HFSS promotions in Scotland to be restricted

By Noli Dinkovski

Sales of confectionery, cakes, crisps and sugary drinks north of the border are to be curbed after the Scottish Government announced plans to restricting the promotion of food high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS).

ABF still in a strong position claim experts, despite poor performance from sugar division

ABF still a strong bet despite sugar profit drop

By Gwen Ridler

Associated British Foods (ABF) continues to be a safe bet within the food and drink manufacturing industry, despite taking a hit from dwindling sugar profits, according to industry experts.

Echeverría (pictured) replaces Ron Lewis as chief customer service and supply chain officer

New supply chain boss at CCEP

By Helen Gilbert

Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP’s) José Antonio Echeverría has replaced Ron Lewis as chief customer service and supply chain officer.

The range is composed of three functional products: Focus, Amplify and Balance, each with a unique flavour profile

Former Danone R&D director helps launch CBD shots

By Rod Addy

Former Danone research and development director Dr Ketan Joshi has worked on the development and launch of a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) shots infused with cannabidiol (CBD).

The sale of Greene King to  CK Asset Holdings has put more than 250 jobs at risk

Brewery takeover puts 250 jobs at risk

By Gwen Ridler

Union bosses are seeking assurances for more than 250 jobs at brewer and pub estate owner Greene King, after a £2.7bn takeover of the company by CK Asset Holdings (CKA) was announced earlier this week.

John Farrer & Co has chosen aluminium over bioplastics for packaging

Coffee pod firm opts for aluminium packaging

By Paul Gander

Coffee and tea merchant John Farrer & Co has chosen all-aluminium capsules for its first range of coffee pods after finding compostable bioplastics had failed to offer the necessary barrier while generating more complexity.

Encirc's Industry 4.0 ready production line will feature a number of 'smart' elements

Glass maker prepared for Industry 4.0

By Paul Gander

UK glass manufacturer and filler Encirc has disclosed more details about the ‘world’s first’ Industry 4.0-ready production line it plans to build on its Elton site in Cheshire.

The Hemp plant is the most common sauce of CBD oil used in food and drink production

All you need to know about CBD

By Gwen Ridler

From its perceived medical benefits to the growth in the market, we run down the things you need to know about cannabidiol (CBD) and its use in food and drink production.

QR code scanning technology is being increasingly adopted by the drink industry

QR code label growth led by drinks firms

By Ellie Woollven

Seafood and drinks firms are leading a food manufacturing trend in QR code labels, a report from Future Market Insights (FMI) has found.

Howard: ‘We’re looking forward to continue to grow on a national scale’

Sales and jobs boost for Clearly Drinks

By Noli Dinkovski

A north-east soft drinks manufacturer says investing in people and processes has enabled it to grow revenue by 20% and staff by 50% in the last 12 months.

Food and drink product launches

Diverse snacks launched in latest NPD round

By Gwen Ridler

Fruit crisps, chocolate-covered pretzels and healthy snack launches all feature in this month’s photo gallery of new product developments by food and drink manufacturers.

Operating in the Outer Hebrides is both challenging and rewarding for the Isle of Harris Distillers

Me and my team

Distilling island life: Isle of Harris Distillers

By Simon Erlanger

Running a spirits business in the Outer Hebrides brings challenges, but it also offers an opportunity to tell a unique story, says Isle of Harris Distillers managing director Simon Erlanger.

MOre and more suppliers are steering away from using plastics in their packaging

Glass and can boost in beverages

By Paul Gander

Beverage brand-owners and contract packers are steering away from new launches in plastics, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), as investment in equipment for can and glass filling grows, suppliers claim.

AMC Group has created 100 jobs at its new factory

AMC Group creates 100 jobs at new juicing factory

By Gwen Ridler

International fresh juice processor AMC Group has created 100 jobs at a new purpose-built factory for freshly-squeezed juice and plant-based and free-from products in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

Creating a tasty, healthy product with a good mouthfeel is a difficult balancing act for manufacturers

Beverage innovation

A matter of taste: striking a balance in healthy drinks

By Noli Dinkovski

With the trend for naturally sweetened and reduced-sugar drinks continuing, manufacturers are striving to find a good balance of taste and mouthfeel while supplying healthier products.

AG Barr produces brands including energy drink Rockstar, Irn Bru, Rubicon and Snapple in the UK

AG Barr invests in non-alcoholic spirits business

By Rod Addy

AG Barr has invested £1m in non-alcoholic spirits in the form of start-up business Elegantly Spirited, signalling its interest in an emerging drinks category that is generating significant interest.

Food and drink innovation at Food Tech Week

Innovation at London Food Tech Week

By Gwen Ridler

From new uses of hemp and cannabidiol in food and drink to the growing trend of fermented beverages, YFoods’ London Food Tech Week showcased some of the latest innovations from across the industry, featured in this photo gallery.

Supplies of alcoholic and soft drinks could be disrupted if strike action goes ahead

Drinks supplies at risk as workers threaten strike action

By Helen Gilbert

Supplies of alcoholic and soft drinks under the Britvic, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Carlsberg and Coors brands could run short in some parts of the UK this summer if strike action at a drinks logistics business goes ahead.

Britvic's Pepsi Max, 7-Up Free, Tango, R Whites and Purdey's brands delivered some of the strongest growth in its total portfolio

Britvic outlines consolidation progress

By Rod Addy

Britvic is close to completing the transfer of production of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot from its Norwich factory to its Rugby plant, having incorporated several new lines into the latter.

Pearce covers the challenges of creating new flavours and the rise of non-alcoholic spirits in this podcast

Omega Ingredients and flavour trends: Podcast

By Gwen Ridler

Non-alcoholic spirits, alternative proteins and future operations within the EU were all on the mind of Omega Ingredients’ founder and chief executive Steve Pearce.

Van Bockel: 'We are keen to source our key ingredients from the UK'

Tenzing to launch new energy drink flavour

By Helen Gilbert

Plant-based energy drink brand Tenzing is gearing up to debut a new flavour this summer following its first round of investment after two years of being entirely self-funded.

Le Roux: The future of non-alcoholic adult drinks will be led be startups, not existing brands

Growing thirst for alcohol-free ‘alternative’ spirits

By Gwen Ridler

Growing consumer demand for alcohol-free, adult soft drinks has sparked a wave of new start-ups hoping to capitalise on the expanding category, as evidenced in Wednesday’s (15 May) UK Soft Drinks Conference.

Agostini: calling for more chemical recycling facilities for PET

Nestlé UK boss calls for more plastics recycling

By Rick Pendrous

Nestlé UK’s chief executive Stefano Agostini has called for the UK plastics recycling infrastructure to be dramatically improved to help food and drink brand owners meet challenging new recycling targets.

Snowdon (pictured): 'The most obvious intangible cost is the unpaid labour to make the whole system work'

Hidden £1.7bn cost of deposit return schemes

By Gwen Ridler

Deposit return schemes for plastic drinks bottles could cost the UK economy £1.7bn in unpaid labour, outweighing the yearly fee for running the scheme, an industry expert has claimed.

Heineken owners top food and drink Rich List

Rich List 2019

Heineken owners top food and drink Rich List

By Gwen Ridler

Heineken owners Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho have once again topped the list of the wealthiest people in UK food and drink manufacturing, featured in this photo gallery.