lower abv drinks, beer

SIBA launches accreditation scheme for UK breweries

29 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Trade body the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has launched a quality accreditation scheme and is hoping to sign up 500 of its 820 members within two years.


Coconut water-based vodka RTD Lovo rolls out to stores

29 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A coconut water and vodka brand has launched in Harvey Nichols and online retailer 31Dover.


Pogues and West Cork Distillers team up to launch spirit

29 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

It’s an Irish whiskey with the Body of an American: West Cork Distillers have teamed up with folk-punk legends The Pogues to launch…

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Lifetonics gets big push from healthy soft drinks Subscription

28 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The isotonic drink will go into 180 Waitrose stores from the start of August

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Robinsons Fruit Shoot Hydro gets revamp

27 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

The supplier has reformulated the no added sugar drinks to improve the fruit flavours while reducing the sweetness

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Victor's Drinks rolls out speedier homebrew ale/cider kits Subscription

27 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Homebrew kit supplier Victor’s Drinks has launched what it says is the world’s first 48-hour beer & cider kits…

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Ovio olive leaf health brand rolls out InFusion drink Subscription

25 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Olive leaf health supplement brand Ovio has expanded into the soft drinks market

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PLB takes on Hilltop Neszmély Hungarian wine in off-trade Subscription

25 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

PLB is to further tap growth in Hungarian wine by taking on exclusive off-trade distribution for Hilltop Neszmély

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Carlsberg's latest stunt gives holidaymakers a pick-me-up

24 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

The brewer livened up the baggage carousel at London City Airport last week by giving away crates of lager

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Golden ale is first John Smith's NPD in 22 years

24 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

John Smith’s Golden Ale will be available in a 500ml glass bottle, taking the brand into the PBA arena for the first time

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Foster's asks 'Why The Hell Not?' in new ad campaign

24 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

The push comes a month after Heineken announced it was taking Foster’s into the burgeoning ‘speers’ - spirit beers - category

pressd coffee

Press'd liquid concentrate offers coffee convenience format Subscription

24 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

A liquid coffee concentrate sold in a water enhancer-style format has secured its first retail listings…

children's drinks

Ribena, Capri-Sun and Rubicon hit by Tesco sugar cull Subscription

24 Jul 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco is to delist some of the biggest-selling children’s drinks brands in the UK when kids go back to school this autumn

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Strongbow targets older drinkers with Cloudy Apple variant Subscription

23 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Owner Heineken hopes the launch will help the brand retain 25 to 34-year-old drinkers

John Smith's constellation win a star competition

John Smith's to make stars of its customers

21 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The brewer has purchased rights to a pint-shaped constellation, and will run a contest giving away the constituent stars

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Heineken UK marketing chief to head brewer's China business

20 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden is moving to head up the company’s business in China

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International Wine Challenge names Morrisons wine supermarket of the year

20 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Morrisons was named Supermarket of the Year at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) for the first time.

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Craft beer fears as range rationalisation looms for brewers Subscription

17 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Beer is facing trouble on two fronts, with anti-booze campaigners and supermarket range rationalisation hitting…

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Caledonian Brewery opens new small-scale test site

17 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The 400l capacity pilot brewery is equipped to fill bottles, casks and kegs, allowing Caledonian to bring newly developed products to both the on and off trade

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Fruit cider tops alcohol NPD

16 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

NPD sales, excluding non-flavoured wine and Champagne, contributed £102m to the category in 2014, down from £133m the previous year

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Ribena moves away from health message in new ad

16 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A new campaign for the drink will introduce the slogan ‘You can’t get any more Ribenary’

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Birra Moretti refreshes look as sales rise Subscription

15 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

New branding is meant to better communicate the Heineken brand’s Italian heritage

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Spar turns to Malbec in expansion of own-label wine range

14 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Spar is the latest retailer to increase availability of Malbec, a grape that originated in France but has gained global popularity via Argentina


Craft beer suffering from high-strength alcohol crackdown

14 Jul 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Schemes aimed at low-price high-strength alcohol are also affecting premium products

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OC&C Global 50: Alcohol sales go flat but time not yet called on global potential Subscription

13 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

On the surface the global alcohol giants were amongst the worst performers in the 2015 OC&C Global 50, but the sector still looks well positioned for longer-term global growth.

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Focus on beer & cider 2015 Subscription

26 Jun 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A year ago cider was booming. Now, in absolute volume terms, it’s the sector’s worst performer. Why?…


Beer & cider category report 2015

26 Jun 2015 | Updated: 13 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Is cider’s slight slide over the past year just a blip or a sign of things to come?


Focus on energy drinks 2015

22 Jun 2015 | By Natalie Brown

Critics say sugar and caffeine levels in energy drinks are dangerous and addictive. What are brands doing to allay fears?


Energy drinks category report 2015

19 Jun 2015 | Updated: 13 Jul 2015 | By Natalie Brown

How are sales holding up? And what are energy drinks players doing to counter the criticisms?

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Surreal, anarchic ad fits Tango tradition Subscription

18 Jun 2015 | By Mark Dishman

There’s something of the anarchic spirit of fellow orange drink Irn-Bru in Tango’s new ad…

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Is a sale or break-up on the cards for Diageo? Subscription

08 Jun 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

It’s Diageo’s turn as the latest international fmcg company that acquisition-hungry 3G Capital has its eyes on

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High-strength alcohol bans could breach competition law Subscription

28 May 2015

Public authorities are increasingly asking retailers to help deliver social, health and other policy objectives

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Calorie labelling threat from EU looms for alcoholic drinks Subscription

08 May 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Three cheers for Champagne was probably not the message MEPs had in mind when they overwhelmingly backed plans last week f…

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Soft drinks category report 2015

24 Apr 2015

How do the calorie reduction efforts of UK soft drinks players compare with those of their counterparts overseas? And how are the steps being taken affecting sales?

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Britvic MD: Stevia taste is a challenge Video

24 Apr 2015

In the final part of our video series, features editor Rob Brown tackles the sweetener taste problems soft drinks companies face

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Inside Britvic's testing lab (VIDEO) Video

22 Apr 2015 | By Rob Brown

We take a peek inside Britvic’s testing lab as part of our sugar and stevia comparison series

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