Left: OFI's Cascara made from coffee waste, Centre: Vegan Casein from Fooditive

Latest innovations in food and drink ingredients

By Gwen Ridler

From vegan proteins ‘genetically identical’ to the ones found in milk to the growth of microalgae in the pet food market, we run-down some of the latest innovations in food and drink ingredients.

What are the new drink flavours and trends in 2023? Credit: Getty/Maren Caruso

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The latest innovations in beverages

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture reports on the trends dominating the beverage sector, how leading brands are delivering to these demands with innovative new product development, and areas of interest for the future of drinks.

12 climate hazards threaten coffee supply. Credit: Getty / Bartosz Hadyniak


Climate change may "significantly" affect coffee production

By Michelle Perrett

Climate change may “significantly” impact the land where coffee plants are cultivated, a study published in PLOS Climate by Doug Richardson at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and colleagues has suggested.

UCC Coffee’s Kent factory was ablaze on Thursday (11 October). Picture credit: Kent Fire and Rescue Service

UCC Coffee vows to secure supply after blaze

By Noli Dinkovski

The coffee maker hit by a major fire at its Kent factory says it is “working hard” to secure supply, but will be supported by its European roasters if necessary.

Young's Seafood and Diageo launched new products in the past week

Young’s Seafood and Diageo launch new products

By Gwen Ridler

Premium breaded fish products from Young’s Seafood and a vegan variant of Diageo’s Baileys Irish Cream are two of the latest product launches by food and drink manufacturers in the past week.

Mindful Choices and Lighter Enjoyment were the top two of five key trends set to dominate consumer buying next year

Innova’s top 10 global food and drink trends for 2018

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink purchases in 2018 will be guided by ‘mindful’ choices over ingredients and lighter, healthier foods that don’t compromise on taste, according to the top two of 10 key trends identified by Innova Market Insights.

CanO Drinks has launched a sparkling and still water in black and white matt

Beverage cans see a push for premium quality

By Paul Gander

Metal packaging is increasingly being used in beverages for younger consumers, especially in smaller can sizes, thanks to a strong recycling story and eye-catching credentials.

Cott’s UK manufacturing business is to be sold as part of a £959M deal to Dutch beverage firm Refresco

Cott sells off drinks manufacturing businesses

By Gwen Ridler

Soft drink manufacturer Cott Beverages’ UK manufacturing business is to be sold by its US-headquartered owner Cott Corporation, as part of a deal worth almost £1bn.

Operations director Mark Bagwell: ‘The broad claim would be 5bn teabags’

Clipper sails forth with new teabag factory

By Noli Dinkovski

Beverage maker Clipper Teas will be able to produce 5bn teabags a year – a near five-fold increase on its current output – when its new factory opens this autumn, according to the man responsible for the development.

The iced drinks market grew by 18% in value last year, Allegra says

Iced beverages growth set to continue

By Noli Dinkovski

Iced and blended beverage sales in coffee shops grew by almost a fifth in 2016, helped by consumer demand for healthy indulgence, a report has found.

Heineken posted its full-year results for 2016

Drinks giant Heineken posts £238M sales rise

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks giant Heineken saw a £238M boost to sales last year, revealed in its full-year results for 2016, despite weaker performance in Africa and the Middle East.

AFI’s new whey protein is aimed at drinks that contain dairy

Product guide

HiE: Peptides and proteins

By Noli Dinkovski

This year’s Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) and Natural Ingredients (Ni) shows – taking place at Messe Frankfurt from November 29 to December 1 – will be a showcase for the latest innovation in healthy reformulation. Here, we detail some of the product...

Clipper Tea won the Beverage manufacturing company of the year title


Clipper Tea races home to win top beverage award

By Michael Stones

Clipper Tea has won the coveted Beverage manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Arla is to launch a new range of on-the-go beverages in a bid to triple its global sales

Arla taps into on-the-go drinks market

By Gwen Ridler

Milk processor Arla has launched a number of milk-based drinks in a bid to tap into the on-the-go market and triple its global beverage sales to £585M.

Nick Snow from Tchibo (left) with Gary Nicol from Matthew Algie

Coffee roaster Matthew Algie bought by Tchibo

By Michelle Perrett

Matthew Algie, the Glasgow-based independent coffee roaster, has been acquired by German coffee and foodservice business Tchibo for an undisclosed sum.

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

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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.

Multi-layer on-the-go cup from RPC Bebo Plastik.

Multi-layer on-the-go cup for iced coffee drink

By Rick Pendrous

RPC Bebo Plastik has developed a multi-layer on-the-go cup for a new ready-to-drink iced coffee sold by one of the fastest growing coffee shop brands in the world.

A containerised CHP installation, which is typically used in food factories (courtesy of Clarke Energy)

CHP finds favour in chilled operations

By Rick Pendrous

Manufacturers with a requirement to chill food should be looking at using combined heat and power (CHP) units to meet their needs now that the technology has improved and the economics are more favourable, a provider of ‘build, own and operate’ systems...

Business secretary Sajid Javid (centre left) praised Nestlé’s investment

Nestlé’s coffee plant opened by business secretary

By Michael Stones

Nestlé UK’s upgraded coffee factory at Tutbury in Staffordshire has been officially opened by business secretary Sajid Javid, who praised the £325M investment and additional 425 jobs created.

Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones will lead a trade mission of 40 food and drink firms to Ireland

Food and drink firms offered crack at Ireland

By Laurence Gibbons

Small food and drink manufacturers could boost sales and build key business connections thanks to a two-day trade mission to Ireland, arranged by Enterprise Nation.

Greggs said breakfast remains the “fastest growing part of the day”

Greggs ends ‘excellent year’ on a high

By Alice Foster

High street baker Greggs ended its “excellent year” on a high note, after strong sales growth in sandwiches and drinks including healthy options, claims the firm. 

Partington: an overall unhealthy diet and lack of exercise to blame

Heart failure link slammed by soft drinks boss

By Noli Dinkovski

The soft drinks sector has hit out at national media claims that a new study proves a clear link between sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in men.

Amazon may be succeeding in the US, but the model won't work in the UK, an analyst has warned

Amazon Fresh UK launch: the flaws

By John Wood

Amazon’s plan to dominate fresh food delivery in the UK could be flawed if it follows its US model too closely, a leading food chain consultant has warned.

Aimia Foods produces beverage and food brands under licence

Cott Corp snaps up Aimia Foods for £47M

By Rod Addy

Cott Corp’s UK business unit has clinched a deal to acquire Aimia Foods for £47M ($80M), the latest instance of a North American company investing in UK food and drink manufacturing.

Suntory's purchase of Lucozade and Ribena was the biggest food industry deal in 2013

Top 10 food industry deals in 2013

By Rod Addy

Interest in food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) should rise in 2014, according to a report shortly to be published by London-based Oghma Partners.

Wilkinson chaired last year's Business Leaders' Forum

Mergers and acquisitions set to rise in 2014

By Rick Pendrous

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector is set to rise in 2014 as business confidence rises, according to leading UK business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Clear benefits: Absolut’s Unique range featured innovative colour coating designs

Glass stands its ground against its plastic rivals

By Paul Gander

New research suggests that, although glass packaging will face fierce competition from other materials over the next decade, it is already retaking ground lost in some categories and showing stubborn resistance in others.

Greggs is now offering free WiFi access – if not apps with all its baps

Greggs to offer free WiFi

By Mike Stones

Retail baker Greggs plans to introduce WiFi at all its 1,571 shops around the UK after signing a deal with wireless broadband access provider The Cloud.

ROK Natural Energy Drink is using Fusion to access premium sales channels

Fusion targets gaps in beverage market

By Pauil Gander

Continental European applications of Rexam’s hybrid Fusion aluminium can-bottle in beers, wines and other key categories have, so far, not been matched by UK brand owners. But the pack is already in use in niche areas including energy and beauty drinks.


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