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Charbrew looks to expand into US through crowdfunding

15 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Charbrew Tea is aiming to raise £150,000 through a crowdfunding campaign as it looks to expand into the US.

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WKD secures sponsorship deal with ITV2 sitcom Plebs

15 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Caligula wasn’t the only ancient Roman with a wicked side. But while the tyrannical emperor probably stuck to wine, historical sitcom Plebs has a taste for something vodka-based and blue - with its second series to be sponsored by RTD brand WKD.

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Greene King rolls out US-style East Coast IPA

15 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Greene King has launched a beer influenced by brews from both sides of the Atlantic.

Jeroboams

Jeroboams reports 45% surge in profits Subscription

13 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Don

Wines and spirits merchant Jeroboams has reported a 45% jump in pre-tax profits to £339,000 for the year to 31 March 2014…

Funkin

Funkin rolls out Piña Colada mixer with Malibu

12 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Funkin has extended its partnership with Malibu rum to launch a 750ml Piña Colada mixer for the off-trade…

Indie Beer can winners

Adnams Ghost Ship named best independent canned beer

12 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Adnams Ghost Ship has been named the UK’s best independent canned beer.

Dan Jago

Tesco expands role of wine director Jago

11 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tesco’s UK and group wine director Dan Jago is taking on a broader role that incorporates the business’s beer and spirits division.

Red Wine

Chapel Down plans 'vibrant' brewery attraction

11 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Chapel Down’s planned brewery will double up as a visitor attraction with guided tours and hospitality facilities…

Lager vs Cider

Cider sales cool this summer as World Cup promos boost lager Subscription

11 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Lager left cider in the shade this summer as deep discounts drove strong sales of beer…

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Highland Spring water gets new-look packaging

10 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Highland Spring has unveiled new-look packaging for its still and sparkling water.

Martin Thatcher and Dan Deluca

Thatchers Gold to enter US through Innis & Gunn tie-up

09 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Cider maker Thatchers has partnered with the US arm of brewer Innis & Gunn to launch Thatchers Gold in the American market.

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Fruit-flavoured lagers lose their sparkle as sales drop 10%

09 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Overall sales of fruit-flavoured lagers have fallen this summer – even though retailers are carrying more products.

Chapel Down Vineyard

English winemaker Chapel Down launches crowdfunding push

09 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

A crowdfunding campaign launched by English winemaker Chapel Down has raised more than half its £1.5m target in just 24 hours.

Fullers Pride in space

Lifting a pint: Fuller's London Pride makes it into space

08 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

In space, no-one can hear you order a pint. But that didn’t stop a pub sending one there.

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Jennifer Aniston to front CCE's Smartwater in UK

08 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Does water tastes better with Friends? Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) thinks so, and has recruited Jennifer Aniston to front the UK marketing push for bottled water brand Glacéau Smartwater.

Drambuie

William Grant & Sons buys Drambuie

08 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

William Grant & Sons has acquired Scottish liqueur business Drambuie from the MacKinnon family for an undisclosed sum.

Red Bull Editions

Red Bull blames economy and competition for falling turnover Subscription

06 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Don

The UK arm of Red Bull has laid the blame for a 2.5% drop in turnover last year on “difficult economic and competitive fac…

ColdBrew

Former Make Mine A Builders MD launches cold brew coffee company

06 Sep 2014 | By Simon Creasey

A cold brew coffee supplier has been launched by the former MD of tea brand Make Mine a Builders…

WKD TOWIE

WKD offers shoppers chance to appear on TOWIE show

05 Sep 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

WKD has launched an on-pack promotion giving a winner the chance to appear in an episode of The Only Way is Essex…

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SWA joins geographical protection organisation Origin

05 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has joined the Organisation for International Geographical Indications Network (Origin).

Coke traffic lights

Coca-Cola sees the light with hybrid front-of-pack label u-turn

05 Sep 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Coca-Cola is throwing its weight behind the Department of Health’s front-of-pack traffic light labelling system….

Kombucha

Organic soft drink Love Kombucha launches 250ml bottles Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Organic soft drink brand Love Kombucha is launching a new on-the-go format after securing investment to ramp up production…

Guiness craft beers

Guinness to go beyond stout with craft beer-inspired porters

04 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo is launching a range of craft beers under its Guinness brand…

Coca-Cola Life index

CCE unveils first marketing push for Coca-Cola Life

04 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Coca-Cola Enterprises has today launched the first marketing campaign for reduced-calorie drink Coca-Cola Life.

Andy Brown

Andy Brown, Liberty Wines, on parties, Blues Brothers and cork Subscription

14 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

“If you grit your teeth and show real determination, you always have a chance” – Charlie Brown…

Tea leaves

Sri Lankan tea prices continue to soar Subscription

11 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

High demand from Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Hong Kong and North America continues to push up Sri Lankan tea prices month on month…

Boost Sport Energy Drink

Simon Gray's Boost is an fmcg hit without mult listings Subscription

10 Sep 2014 | By Steve Parfett

Can you build a successful fmcg brand without doing business with the mults?…

PG tips

Why PG Tips is the embarrassing embodiment of Tesco's troubles

06 Sep 2014

Dear Dave, I am a box of PG Tips and, in your first week in the job, I embody what’s gone wrong at Tesco…

Pods Focus

Hot Beverages Category Report 2014

05 Sep 2014 | By Lorraine Mullaney

There’s trouble brewing for makers of Britain’s traditional cuppa, as Brits develop a taste for premium and speciality brands…

Pods

Focus on Hot Beverages Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Lorraine Mullaney

Coffee pod sales are soaring. Now tea pods want in. How big can pods get? And what do changing tastes mean for staple brew…

fizzy soft drink

Healthier is cheaper as low-sugar juices offer savings Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Consumers choosing low-sugar drinks in the juice aisles could be cutting spending as well as sugar consumption…

Tea crops

Sri Lankan tea prices rise as demand increases Subscription

04 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Hot beverages are hot stuff, with increased demand pushing up tea exports from Sri Lanka by 23.5% in June…

BEER PINT

Marston's show has One Ale of a Job to keep viewers interested

30 Aug 2014 | By James Halliwell

“We like to think of ourselves as the fourth emergency service,” said two cheery Marston’s drivers…

Tea

Tea faces climate of change in Sri Lanka Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

The future of the second biggest tea exporter in the world is threatened by climate change…

Orange juice

Orange juice market feels global squeeze Subscription

28 Aug 2014 | By Liliana Gonzalez

We might think of orange juice as an irreplaceable item on our breakfast table, but it may become a rarer item…

Coffee beans

Arabica coffee prices up due to fungus in Central America Subscription

22 Aug 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Arabica coffee is up year on year largely because of a fungus that has damaged coffee crops in key production regions…

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