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A crafty approach to private label alcohol

Opportunistic retailers are striving to add credibility to private label (PL) alcohol by pushing the boundaries of quality, value, and consumer expectations. This is timely news given Datamonitor Consumer’s recent research showing that this sector has the lowest level of consumer sentiment in the FMCG space. Only a third of consumers say that PL alcoholic […]


UK food and drink exports climb

This week, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has reported that UK food and non-alcoholic drink exports have continued to grow in 2014, rising to £6.5bn in the first six months of the year – an increase of 4.8% on the same period in 2013. Exports performed well in both non-EU markets (+12%) and in […]

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Beverage flavoured confectionery

The taste of cola, ice tea, tonic and ginger ale is popular around the world – and not only in beverages. Trends from the beverage industry are increasingly spilling over into other segments of the food industry such as confectionery. To meet this trend, Doehler has developed a range of natural flavours and colours as […]

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FDF Awards winners revealed

On Thursday 18 September, outstanding individuals, ambitious initiatives and growing food and drink businesses were recognised for their contribution to the economy, community and environment at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards. TV and radio newscaster Katie Derham presented winners with their trophies at an award held at London’s The Brewery in the UK. […]

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Coca-Cola Life campaign

Coca-Cola Enterprises has announced a huge marketing support campaign which includes OOH, print, digital and experiential to support the launch of Coca-Cola Life as it seeks to build consumer awareness of its new brand. The lower calorie cola gives people another option when choosing a Coke to fit their lifestyle, whether that is Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Life […]

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Glasgow’s first distillery in 100 years

The Glasgow Distillery Company has announced the opening of Glasgow’s first gin and single malt whisky distillery in more than 100 years. Drawing on the spirit of Scotland’s first licensed distillers, The Glasgow Distillery Company takes its name from Glasgow’s original distillery. Founded at Dundashill in 1770, the distillery was known, for a time, as […]

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Food businesses to go head to head

Food and drink businesses across the UK supply chain are anxiously waiting to discover whether they have beaten off the competition to be named best in class at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards ceremony to be held on 18 September. At a black-tie event to be hosted by BBC presenter Katie Derham at […]

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Inspiring women into engineering

Today, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) announces a new partnership with youth skills initiative MyKindaCrowd and three of the UK’s largest food and drink manufacturers to promote careers for women interested in engineering in food and drink. In this new collaboration, FDF members Cargill, Mars UK and PepsiCo UK will work with FDF and […]

Peach collection for beverages

Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe’s new peach collection captures the authentic profiles of four popular varieties of peach: Yellow Peach, characterised by its fleshy and juicy notes and offering a taste profile with balanced sweetness and acidity; White Peach, which has subtle floral notes; White Donut Peach, which offers a fruity and ripe flavour with a […]

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English firms plan to create 66,000 new jobs

Firms in England’s food and drink sector are planning to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the next five years, according to a new study by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The report Global Ambitions found an industry with soaring confidence and plans to invest, innovate, create new jobs and expand across the globe. […]

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UK prepared meals market

Research and Markets has announced the addition of Canadean Ltd’s new report Consumer Trends Analysis: Understanding Consumer Trends and Drivers of Behavior in the UK Prepared Meals Market to its offering. The report provides an overview of the market analysing market data demographic consumption patterns within the category and the key consumer trends driving consumption. […]


New bakery ingredients division

G.R Wright & Sons has unveiled its new multi-million pound manufacturing site at Delta Park, Enfield in the UK and created a new division called Wright’s Bakery Ingredients. Located a mile from Wright’s flour mill in Ponders End, the purpose built 50,000ft2 facility allows Wright’s to further build on its expertise in producing pre-mixes, concentrates and […]

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