soft drinks report 2016

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10 Things You Need To Know About... Soft Drinks

30 Mar 2016

In the latest instalment of our series of digital features we reveal what consumers really think about the soft drinks tax and how concerns over sugar are already impacting the category

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More than half of Brits support sugar tax... but will it work?

30 Mar 2016

As the taxman chases soft drinks, a poll for The Grocer raises questions over how effective the sugar levy will be…

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Creative challenge: can sugar be a virtue for soft drinks?

30 Mar 2016 | By Amy North

Can energy drinks be advertised without boobs and extreme sports? Is there such as thing as a relaxation drink? And can sugar ever be a virtue? We’ve asked creative agency RPM to find out…

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Video: What are the challenges of replacing sugar with stevia?

30 Mar 2016 | By Rob Brown

Production of a lower sugar version of Coke Life began in March. So why, and how, has Coke changed the recipe just 18 months after launch? 

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Has the great sugar cull been enough to rescue kids drinks?

30 Mar 2016 | By Natalie Brown

Last year Tesco delisted a raft of added-sugar kids’ fruit juice drinks. So what impact has this had on sales?

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Spar buyer: 2015 was a 'wake-up call' to soft drinks industry

30 Mar 2016 | By Amy North

Nichola Borg expects full-sugar drink ranges to reduce earlier than expected following the Chancellor’s sugar tax announcement

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Top 10 global launches: algae drinks to high-caffeine cola

30 Mar 2016 | By Amy North

With the help of Mintel, we’ve scoured the globe to find the best soft drinks innovations. Here’s what we came up with…

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Pepsi Max Cherry sweetens sales in sugar-battered market

30 Mar 2016 | By Natalie Brown

No sugar Pepsi Max delivers 12.4% growth for Britvic as rival Coke’s sales go flat

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Craft pop sales sparkle as 'discerning' drinkers stock up

30 Mar 2016 | By Amy North

Small batch brands are cashing in as the craft scene spreads to soft drinks. But can mainstream players do craft? 

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Coke splashes the cash as ad spend soars to £30m

30 Mar 2016 | By Amy North

Soft drinks brands are pouring money into traditional advertising with spend up 51.4%


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CO2 shortage sees retailers cut fizzy drinks promotions Subscription

13 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Average shelf prices in the carbonates category are up 4% in the four weeks to 2 July 2018

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Pepsi Max running low as CO2 shortage leads to price rises Subscription

13 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarket out-of-stock levels for Pepsi drinks have surged since mid-June

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Bottle closure worries triggers Schweppes 1783 recall

12 Jul 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The issue is affecting bottles with a best before date of up to and including 31 March 2019…

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Highland Spring and McCain censured over on-pack competitions Subscription

11 Jul 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The ‘instant win’ promotions were misleading about the likelihood of a win, ruled the ASA

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Dirty Lemon direct-to-consumer drinks set for UK debut Subscription

05 Jul 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

In the States and Canada, the New York brand’s eight variants are sold via text message to its 100,000 customers


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It’s all over for England, but booze brands can celebrate a World Cup win Subscription

12 Jul 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

So that’s that, then. Back to reality. It was a lovely dream, wasn’t it?

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World Cup fever is delivering the summer the grocery industry has always dreamed of

11 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Nothing compares to football in terms of engaging the population and getting us together to drink beer and eat copious amounts of not so healthy snacks

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Charles Wilson: Get Well Soon

10 Jul 2018 | By Adam Leyland

News that Wilson has been forced to resign owing to throat cancer will be a devastating blow: for Tesco colleagues, for the City, but above all for Wilson himself

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Brexit shambles just means there’s less time to get the right deal Subscription

09 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

It’s hard to predict what will happen next, but no matter what happens, it’s yet another setback for the UK’s Brexit talks with the EU – which we can ill afford

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Tesco-Carrefour is a pioneering deal, but purchasing alliances face challenges Subscription

06 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The retailers said the motivation was to improve the quality and choice of products available to their customers

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