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 Gwen 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.

New drinks and seasonal donuts feature in this summer's new product launches

Canned water leads summer product launches

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks firms CanO Water and Orchard Twist hoped to quench consumers’ thirsts this summer with their new beverage product launches, featured in this photogallery.

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

Facebook vodka ad banned by ASA

By Gwen 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 Gwen 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.

The ASA has banned three adverts from Pure Milk Vodka

Advertising watchdog bans vodka adverts

By Gwen 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.

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 Gwen 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.

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.

It's a deal: food and drink sector M&As rose by 11% in the first quarter

Brexit debate

Food firm mergers and acquisitions rise 11%

By Michael Stones

Food and drink sector mergers and acquisitions (M&A) climbed by 11% in the first quarter of this year, with 51 deals completed, according to business consultancy Grant Thornton.

Food and drink industry people on the move

People on the move in food and drink

By Laurence Gibbons

Young’s Seafood, Müller Wiseman Dairies and Wyke Farms all feature in our latest roundup of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

FiE attendees have been tweeting about the latest trends and innovations

FiE reports

Top trends tweeted from FiE

By Laurence Gibbons

More than 1,400 international food and drink exhibitors descended on Paris for the Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) show this week, with many tweeting the latest trends and innovations.

Here for the illegal beer? Dover was Britain's beer smuggling hub

Britain’s beer smuggling hub is Port of Dover

By Rick Pendrous

The main source of alcohol duty tax losses to the UK treasury – estimated at £500M to £700M annually – is from “diversion smuggled” beer channelled through the Port of Dover, the head of regulatory affairs at the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA)...

All age groups agreed there should be clearer labeling of alcohol content

Give us clearer alcohol labels: drinkers

By Michael Stones

Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research.

Calorie labelling should be made mandatory on alcohol: RSPH

Calorie labelling of booze needed to cut obesity

By Rick Pendrous

Calorie labelling on alcohol should be introduced urgently to help stem the soaring rise in levels of obesity, according to the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), which launched a campaign last year to see it enshrined in law.

Demand for new beverage flavours is on the rise

Treatt raises flavours game

By Nicholas Robinson

lavour specialist Treatt has launched a new beverage applications centre at its Bury St Edmunds headquarters, following increased demand from drinks firms for new flavour combinations.

Clark: we are likely to see tougher regulation to stem rising levels of obesity in the UK

Food Vision

Tougher rules likely to curb UK obesity levels

By Laurence Gibbons

UK food and drink manufacturers could be hit by more stringent regulation in a bid to curb rising obesity levels and reduce the burden on the National Health Service, experts have said.

Judy Buttriss, director general, British Nutrition Foundation

Boozy calorie counting

By Judy Buttriss

The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.

Snake Venom is just one of Brewmeister's brands – others include Black Hawk and Neon Blonde

Brewmeister’s Snake Venom beer marketing blasted

By Rod Addy

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an online beer advert for misleading consumers over its alcohol content and placing “undue emphasis on the alcoholic strength” of the product.

Football supporters have helped increase retailers' alcohol sales

Retailers score extra £28M in sales from World Cup

By Laurence Gibbons

World Cup fever and warm weather spurred thirsty consumers to spend an extra £28M on beer and cider in the first week of the global football tournament, compared with the same week last year.

Chancellor George Osborne's Budget drew mainly bouquets from business leaders

Budget 2014

Budget greeted mainly with bouquets but one brickbat

By Michael Stones

Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget has been greeted mainly with bouquets, as business leaders praised action on energy prices and exports, while some expressed disappointment about his failure to cut fuel duty.

Not so yo ho ho for Captain Morgan, after the ASA banned a TV advert for the rum

Diageo’s Captain Morgan TV advert made to walk plank

By Michael Stones

A TV advert for drinks giant Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after complaints that it linked alcohol consumption with adventure.

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