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Stella Artois lands official Ascot partnership

28 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

As well as seeing Stella’s lager and cider served at the racecourse, the partnership will be supported by outdoor, PR and digital activity

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Kopparberg to bring Sweden's favourite speciality beer to UK

28 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The 5.3% ABV beer is a blend of two parts lager with one part ale, and described as having a “full-bodied malty taste with elements of apricot, Swedish molasses bread and orange peel”

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England bowler James Anderson launches own beer

28 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

England bowler James Anderson has teamed up with Marston’s to produce 3.8% ABV pale ale King of Swing, which launches in Morrisons early next month

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Orangina redesign aims brand at premium market

27 Apr 2015 | By Lisa Riley

The brand will be hoping to reverse slipping sales, down 27.9% to £3.9m on volume down 40.7% 

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Jacob's Creek releases snack pairing guide, including pizza and cab sav

24 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Survey finds 59% like pizza with wine, 33% pitta and dips, 38% nachos

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Pinkster tackles food waste with new Boozy Berries dessert line Subscription

23 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Pinkster, distilled by G&J Distillers and launched in 2013, is made by steeping fresh fruit in its spirit, resulting in a drink with a light pink hue

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Capri-Sun gets Minions tie-in, new flavour

23 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The promo, which features on 10-packs of the juice drink, will give shoppers the chance to win a family trip to New York, as well as one of 2000 squishy Minions toys


Heineken impresses in Americas and Asia Pacific with strong growth Subscription

22 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The group’s total sales were up 8.1% to €4.83bn before currency exchange rates. In the Americas, that growth rate was 18%, while in Asia Pacific, it was 21%.

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Quintessentially English wheat beer listed by Tesco

17 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Cambridgeshire-based Elgood’s Brewery has won a listing in 21 Tesco stores in the East of England for its QE (Quintessentially English) Apple & Vanilla Wheat Beer (rsp: £1.89/330ml).


Diageo shares drop following sales decline in many markets Subscription

16 Apr 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo’s share price fell almost 3% today after the drinks giant reported declining sales in many regions.

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Currency issues drive 2% drop in SABMiller reported revenues Subscription

16 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

SABMiller’s group net producer revenue (NPR) grew 4% in the financial year from April 2014 to March 2015, the company announced in a trading update today.

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Less than 2% of Brits cutting down with lower-abv drinks

16 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

UK consumers have almost no interest in using lower-strength drinks to cut down on alcohol consumption, according to a major new study.


Concha y Toro sales surge 22.6% to break £1bn barrier Subscription

15 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Concha y Toro sales have passed $1bn for the first time following a 22.6% hike.

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C-store bottled ale sales could top £100m, says Marston's

15 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Premium bottled ale (PBA) represents a £104m opportunity for the convenience channel, a brewer’s report has claimed.

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EU wine producers get go-ahead to increase plantings

15 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Major European wine producers will be allowed to increase their wine growing areas by 1% annually from next January under new rules issued this week by the EC.

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Butterworth and Sons to revive tradition of picture cards with tea

14 Apr 2015 | By Vince Bamford

From this month until February 2016, every 40-bag pack of Butterworths’ Suffolk Special Blend and English Breakfast Blend will contain one of 25 cards

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Pernod Ricard launches summer drinks marketing push

13 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A Wimbledon-inspired Jacob’s Creek bottle and Havana Club Mojito tin cup are among a range of activity launched by Pernod Ricard to drive sales this summer

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Star Wars, Disney among licensed refreshments Dream Drinks bringing to UK market Subscription

13 Apr 2015 | By Lisa Riley

The fruit juices are “certified to the highest standards of food production”, said the business, and contain natural vitamins, minerals and at least 30% fruit juice content

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Rocks revamps range with revised RTDs

10 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The redesigned bottles feature a predominantly white label with colourful watercolour art, a new logo with a bolder typeface, and the message ‘100% squished’

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Carlsberg unveils beer-dispensing billboard

10 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Carrying the message ‘Probably the best poster in the world,’ it featured a Carlsberg dispenser from which members of the public were able to pour themselves a half-pint of the lager

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Johnnie Walker débuts glass that projects sounds into drinker's ear

10 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

‘The Boldest Glass’ contains a device that turns the surface of the glass into a speaker. Bone conduction is then used to carry sound to the user’s ear.

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Prosecco passes Champagne to become top seller at supermarkets

10 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

UK grocery shoppers splashed out £181.8m on the Italian sparkling wine in 2014 - almost twice that of the previous year

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Cross-Atlantic collaboration for like-minded brewers

09 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

York’s Rudgate Brewery has teamed up with Denver-based Hogshead Brewery to create Atlantic Crossing Best Bitter

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Bob Mortimer to be the new face of Bombardier

09 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The ex-Shooting Stars host will depict a new version of the Bombardier Bedford character in a TV ad that launches on 23 April – St George’s Day

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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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Making a lower sugar fruit juice, with Britvic (VIDEO) Video

21 Apr 2015 | By Rob Brown

Video: Britvic pt 1

Soft drinks digital

You can’t please everyone

04 Apr 2015

Adopting a market tier definition approach means brands don’t waste resources talking to 100% of the ‘market’ regardless of the business issues


Spot the difference: soft drinks boundaries are blurring

27 Mar 2015 | By Natalie Brown

Energy waters, juice & spring water blends, fortified drinks… things are being mixed up in bottled water. Here’s how…

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Health matters: Brits splash out on low and no cal drinks

27 Mar 2015 | By Amy North

Despite the battering soft drinks get in the press, the industry is cutting sugar. But how are no and low sugar variants doing? 

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Money can grow on trees (or inside them at least)

27 Mar 2015 | By Amy North

Tree waters such as birch and maple could be destined for big things. The Grocer heads to Latvia to find out more about these unusual products

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The alcohol industry should prepare for a bumpy election ride Subscription

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The furore over Responsibility Deal reports is threatening to push alcohol back to the front of the election campaign


Palcohol: will US powdered alcohol face PR minefield in UK? Subscription

21 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

“Palcohol would be very divisive as many consumers would not want it to be available,” suggests Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Expert


Focus on Wine & Champagne: 11 April

04 Mar 2015

Wine and Champagne is in strong growth, with value and volumes up. Look no further than the astounding growth of Prosecco.

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Walkers' ad mistake shows creative boundaries can be difficult

03 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The latest Lineker-heavy crisp ad had to be pulled due to complaints

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