Alcoholic Beverage

GEA acquires the drinks firm Vipoll

GEA acquires the drinks firm Vipoll

By Rick Pendrous

Engineering equipment specialist GEA has strengthened its market position as provider of kit to the beverage processing sector with the acquisition of the Slovenian machine manufacturer Vipoll, which makes a range of filling equipment for soft drinks,...

Contract powder packer has blending expertise

Spotlight on mixing and blending

Contract powder packer has blending expertise

By Rick Pendrous

German contract retail pack manufacturer SternMaid demonstrated its expertise in blending powdered foods at the recent Food Ingredients Europe show in Frankfurt. The focus this year was on a new option for filling products into stand-up pouches.

Döhler believes wine-flavoured ciders will soon be hitting the UK market

Hop and wine flavours are the next big thing for cider

By Paul Gander

Hop and wine flavours look set to become the new major trend in the UK cider market, following developments already seen in other countries, according to an ingredients supplier to the sector.

Activist investors want to drive efficiencies in underperforming food firms

Danone targeted by activist investors

By Rick Pendrous

Danone, the French food company best known for its Activia yogurt and Evian water, experienced a share price rise last month following suggestions that it could be facing renewed pressure from investors to improve its profitability and shareholder value.

The Heineken Dash Button allows users to instantly order beer at the touch of a button

Heineken Dash Button launched by Amazon

By James Ridler

Alcoholic drinks giant Heineken is the latest company to sign up to Amazon’s Dash Button programme in the UK, allowing customers to instantly order its beer with a touch of a button.

Global Brands's VK Facebook add has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority

Facebook vodka ad banned by ASA

By James Ridler

An advert for Global Brands’s pre-mixed vodka drink VK that appeared on social media site Facebook has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for promoting excessive drinking.

View our photogallery of the top seven food and drink trends for 2017, according to the BBC Food and Farming Awards' judges

Food and Farming Awards’ top seven trends

By James Ridler

The BBC Food and Farming Awards identified seven top trends – including a focus on alcoholic drinks and ethnic flavours – based on the hundreds of entries in this year’s awards.

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget is a ‘major blow’ to the drinks industry. Image: Flickr user See Li

Budget 2017

Drinks industry slams Spring Budget

By James Ridler

The 2017 Spring Budget is as a “major blow” to the UK drinks industry, as tax on alcoholic beverages is to increase to the highest levels in Europe, warn industry representatives.

The ASA has banned three adverts from Pure Milk Vodka

Advertising watchdog bans vodka adverts

By James Ridler

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned three advertisements from vodka producer Pure Milk Vodka, for promoting excessive drinking and linking alcohol to sex.

Food flavour trends in 2017 are being led by the ‘refreshing’ cucumber

Cucumber named 2017 ‘flavour of the year’

By Noli Dinkovski

Cucumber is expected to be ‘flavour of the year’ in 2017, based on growing demand for refreshing, clean and healthy food and beverages, a Swiss fragrance and flavour company has claimed.


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