New counterfeit booze-busting test

With reports of counterfeit alcohol increasing in parts of Europe, demand for testing for dangerous and illegal alcohol additives such as methanol is on the up too. Although methanol, a potent toxicant in humans, can occur naturally in very low levels in some alcoholic beverages, dangerous amounts of methanol may occur in or be added […]

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Scot a lot of wins

Border Biscuits has scooped the prestigious title of Business of the Year at the 2012 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The success completed a double for the Lanarkshire company, which was also recognised for its commitment to developing its employees with the Profiting Through Skills Development award. The night’s second big winner was Katy […]


Thirst for soft drinks continues, says latest Britvic report

In tough economic times, sales of soft drinks have demonstrated their continued resilience – grow to £9.7 billion (€11.6bn), according to the 2012 Britvic Soft Drinks Report. Key findings from the report, based on independent Nielsen and CGA market data, reveal that take-home sales were up seven per cent in value and one per cent […]


Scotch in a can? That’s the spirit

Beer has traditionally been the outdoor and sporting event adult beverage of choice, partly due to convenient packaging. Now, however, whisky is getting in on the act, with Scottish Spirits Scotch Whisky in a can. New in the US, the can is equipped with a resealable latex lid that enables the product to stay fresh, […]

Otter sustainability rewarded

The UK-based Otter Brewery in Luppitt, near Honiton, has scooped a prestigious industry award for its ‘market leading green ethos and unrivalled environmental commitment to producing quality beer’. The company won the ‘Best Sustainability’ category at the 2011 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards in London, having been praised for a range of green […]

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Kalsec capitalises on China brewing industry

Capitalising on the rapidly expanding brewing industry in China, Kalsec has announced an expansion plan for its hop product offerings in the country. The multi-million pound investment will focus on expanding Kalsec applications and sales efforts in the world’s largest beer producing nation. “After a comprehensive evaluation of the China brewing industry, we determined that it was […]

Beer market bounces back

The international beer market staged something of a recovery last year, with global beer consumption increasing by 2.4%, according to Canadean’s new Global Beer Trends report. It’s an improvement on the 0.5 per cent growth seen in 2009, but is still well below the 5 per cent-plus growth rates seen earlier in the decade. However, […]

Big plans for Rhymney Brewery

After seven years of brewing in Merthyr Tydfil, family-run Rhymney Brewery has announced plans to relocate to Blaenavon, where it will to open a new 15,000sq ft purpose-built brewery and visitor centre – the first of its kind in Wales. The new brewery, which is expected to open in October, will be twice the size […]

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Rules relaxed on beer, wine and bread sales

The UK government has confirmed that it’s to scrap regulations banning the sale of small measures of beer and wine as well as different unwrapped bread sizes. Existing laws limit licensed premises to selling alcoholic drinks in certain measures, while bakers may produce loaves of unpackaged bread in set sizes only. But science minister David […]

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Innovation in brewing ‘no one thought possible’

A collaboration by the world’s oldest brewery, Weihenstephan, and specialist US brewer Samuel Adams has led to what the pair are calling a ‘unique champagne beer’. The brewers say they have shattered industry preconceptions of the limits of the German purity laws with the launch of Infinium – a beer with a ‘remarkably light colour, […]

A thirst for the eccentric

Following the launch of the world’s most expensive beer – The End of History – BrewDog co-founder James Watt has announced that all 12 bottles of the 55%ABV beer, priced at £500-£700 each and served inside stuffed dead animals, were sold within four hours. The blond Belgian ale, brewed in Fraserburgh, Scotland, is infused with […]


Brewer’s whoop!

SABMiller, the brewer behind big name brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Miller light, has reported a 4% rise in revenue despite falling sales in Europe and flat sales in the US. The world’s second largest brewer saw European lager sales drop 5%, while remaining static in the States, with the company revealing that it […]

Marks & Spencer breaks 85-year habit

Following a successful trial in 54 stores in the north-east and south-east of England, Marks & Spencer is to stock branded products – bringing an end to its 85-year own brand rule. Items from brands including Heinz, Fairy, Persil, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s will now sit alongside M&S’s own products on its shelves. No M&S products […]

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