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MPs have called for the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to be extended

Government defends plans to tackle obesity

By Noli Dinkovski

The government has defended its plans to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis after it came under fire from a Commons Health Select Committee for removing “several key areas” that could have made its childhood obesity plan more effective.

Innovation from Sidel on display at Drinktec show

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Innovation from Sidel on display at Drinktec show

By Rick Pendrous

A number of innovative launches are promised by beverage packaging kit supplier Sidel Group at next month’s Drinktec show, which takes place in Munich, Germany from September 11–15.

Vimto producer Nichols has posted sales and profit growth in its half-year results

Nichols posts sales growth and acquisition

By Gwen Ridler

Soft drinks manufacturer Nichols has posted continued sales and profit growth in its half-year results yesterday (July 20), as it announced the acquisition of dispensed soft drink distributor DJ Drink Solutions.

IGD's workshops are designed to help manufacturers looking to reformulate their products, including cutting sugar

IGD launches free reformulation workshops

By Gwen Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers looking to reformulate their products are set to receive a helping hand, thanks to new workshops organised by grocery think-tank IGD.

Vimto owner Nichols has posted revenue growth in its trading update

Vimto owner posts revenue growth

By Gwen Ridler

Vimto owner Nichols has reported its revenue was up by 7.3% in a trading update released on Tuesday (January 10), for the year ending December 31 2016.

Coca-Cola European Partners is planning new products to join its recently launched organic herbal tea brand

Coca-Cola plans launches in new soft drinks categories

By Rick Pendrous

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to develop more soft drinks such – as its new Honest organic herbal tea brand recently launched in the UK – in categories outside those it has traditionally served, its UK boss Leendert den Hollander has revealed.

The tax on sugary drinks is not enought to curb obesity in the UK: Susan Jebb

Sugar tax ‘not enough’ to solve obesity crisis

By Gwen Ridler

The UK soft drinks levy could prevent thousands of people becoming overweight, but it alone is not enough to solve Britain’s obesity crisis, a study by health journal The Lancet Public Health has claimed.

New draft legislation for the UK sugar tax was slammed for being 'complex'. Image: Petr Kratochvil

‘Complex’ sugar tax draft slammed

By Gwen Ridler

Draft legislation for the Soft Drink Industry Levy has been described as “complex” and raises “serious questions” if a sugar tax would work, said law firm DWF.

Seven top trends will shape consumer spending next year, predicts Mintel

2017 trend predictions

Top seven Euro trends for 2017 includes sugar tax

By Michael Stones

The impact of sugar taxes leads Mintel’s list of top seven trends likely to shape European consumers spending in 2017, predicts the market reserach firm.

Top food manufacturers' reported dip in growth for first time in 15 years

Food and drink producers’ revenue falls to 15-year low

By Matt Atherton

The UK’s top 150 food and soft drink manufacturers saw revenue fall last year for the first time in 15 years, due to deflation and investor uncertainty, according to a report from OC&C Strategy Consultants.

Bottle filling flexibility has been highlighted by Sidel

Carbonated drinks get filling flexibility

By Rick Pendrous

Bottle filling accuracy, along with production flexibility and sustainability are crucial for the packaging of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) in polyethylene terephthalate (PET), claims equipment supplier Sidel.

The Queen's Speech sets out the government's plans for the year ahead

Food and drink firms welcome Queen’s Speech – mostly

By Michael Stones

Government plans to support business, education and the economy – set out in the Queen’s Speech – have been welcomed by food and drink manufacturers. But plans to introduce a sugar tax continued to draw criticism from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The sugar shock budget announcement has dismayed and delighted in equal measure

Sugar tax

Budget shock: sugar tax on soft drinks

By Michael Stones

A surprise tax on sugary soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, has dismayed manufacturers but delighted campaigners, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Taxing sugary drinks would cut obesity, according to a new, disputed report

Sugary drink obesity claims slammed by industry

By Michael Stones

The soft drink industry has slammed claims that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would cut UK obesity rates by 5% within nine years – resulting in 3.7M fewer obese people.

A worker suffered chemical burns at Princes' site in Bradford

Princes fined £13k over chemical burns

By Alice Foster

Food and drink manufacturer Princes has been fined £13,000 after a worker suffered chemical burns to his arms and face, leaving him temporarily blinded.

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.

Drinks deal feels good for Nichols

Nichols acquires Feel Good Drinks

By Laurence Gibbons

Vimto brand owner Nichols Plc has acquired Feel Good Drinks from German drinks supplier MBG International Premium Brands for an undisclosed amount.

Around 60% of soft drinks sold have no added sugar, claims the BSDA

Soft drinks firms engage as election nears

By Rick Pendrous

Soft drinks makers are preparing to fight off mounting attacks they expect from health groups and other critics in the run-up to next year’s general election, the president of the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has signalled.

AG Barr's Born to support Commonwealth Games campaign helped boost brand sales this summer

AG Barr builds on growth with Snapple deal

By Rod Addy

AG Barr’s Strathmore Water brand proved a powerhouse of growth for the maker of soft drinks brands including Irn-Bru, Rockstar and Rubicon in the first half of its financial year.

Princes started work at its Bradford site in 2012

Princes completes £40M Bradford redevelopment

By Nicholas Robinson

Princes food and drink group has completed a £40M redevelopment project at its Bradford-based soft drinks factory to increase capacity and improve its production capabilities, after work began in Autumn 2012.

Coca-Cola life contains just 89 Kcal

CCE to boost sparkling soft drinks category

By Nicholas Robinson

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will launch its first Stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola drink in a bid to grow the sparkling soft drinks market, attract new customers and tackle obesity, the company has revealed.  

Latvian answer to sleep

Don’t Sleep offers alternative to sleep

The Institute of Innovative Biomedical Technology (IBT) has launched a caffeine- and sugar-free energy drink called Don’t Sleep. The Latvian company revealed the product at Vitafoods in Geneva last month. It is made from concentrated apple juice, the...

Millard: 'sales uplift'

Nichols hails sugar reduction in soft drinks

By Rod Addy

Nichols highlighted sugar reduction measures for its soft drinks as it posted strong annual sales, driven by balmy summer weather, innovation in brands such as Levi Roots and overseas success.

A selection of Britvic brands

Britvic: Fruit Shoot market share recovers

By Rod Addy

Fruit Shoot has finally regained the market share it had before the recall that dented brand owner Britvic, with one analyst claiming overall financial performance heralded ‘a new chapter’ .

Brewers offered more end-of-line flexibility

More flexibility, less downtime

Contract packer Thomas Hardy Brewing and Packaging, which packs beers, ciders and soft drinks, as well as offering brewing, blending and contract filling for many leading household brands, has upgraded its end-of-line facilities to provide customers with...

Digby Jones slammed the 'mindless culture' of red tape that threatened to blunt our ability to compete with China and India

UK business stifled by obsession with ‘mindless’ red tape

By Gary Scattergood

Businesses and government need to break down a regulatory culture where people “mindlessly follow” processes that don’t improve customer services or create wealth if the UK is to compete with India and China in the years to come, warns former trade minister...

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