Soft drinks calories cut 7%

Calories across the soft drinks category are down by 7.3% over the last three years, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. The data shows that calories and sugars from soft drinks are falling faster than in any other food and drink category, with calories down 7.3% and sugar down 8.3% since April 2012. The […]

Wheatgrass gaining ground

Wheatgrass is rapidly emerging as a health ingredient in the mainstream food and drinks market, finds Innova Market Insights. It has long been available in health food stores and specialist outlets, but is now increasingly being used in supplements and food and drink products. This is often occurring in combination with other components with a […]


Steady growth predicted for juice market

The global juice market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.96% from 2015-2019, according to a new report from research firm Technavio. The report highlights the many new varieties of juices that have been introduced to the market to cater for the needs of consumers. These days, cross-sectional varieties of juice that are […]


Russian drinks market decline predicted

Due to persistent international tensions and the rising cost of raw materials, the drinks market in Russia is forecast to suffer a decline in 2015. However, the hot drinks market presents an opportunity, finds a new report by Canadean. According to the report, the Russian drinks market will lose nearly 1.5 billion litres of volume […]

2015 beverage outlook optimistic

According to Canadean’s latest Quarterly Beverage Tracker, the final quarter of 2014 brought some welcome news to the west European beverage industry, with full-year consumption only declining by a marginal 0.3% due to mild winter weather. Beer saw the first uplift for some years with an increase of nearly 1%, while the rate of decline for soft drinks […]


Turkish delight

A new addition to its growing list of ready meals ingredients has been unveiled by Snowbird foods. Its Lamb Koftes are irregularly shaped pieces, which are fully cooked and frozen as part of the production process so they can easily be incorporated within prepared ready meals. They contain in excess of 90% lamb and the […]

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ROUND-UP: Packaging

Here is your weekly round-up of Packaging news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at carly@bellpublishing.com. CS Labels has launched its new wraparound style peel and reveal labels. The research and development team at TCL Packaging has developed new micro-perforated printed lidding […]

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Looking healthy

Clear PET bottles in 250ml and 500ml sizes from RPC Containers Llantrisant are helping to convey the health and wellness values of The Juice Well, a new range of organic, cold pressed juices, super food smoothies and cleanses. In cold pressed juices, the plants’ cells are crushed slowly to release the nutrients without altering, heating […]


Britvic overhaul

I was recently invited to a Britvic Soft Drinks press event, which introduced us to several innovations from the drinks company including new packaging and products across its brands in the UK. Identifying key trends in consumer behaviour, commercial director at Britvic Soft Drinks, Nigel Paine, explained that the dynamics of adult socialising are changing, […]

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Popcorn collaborations

In addition to its low calorie, own label brand Love Popcorn, the Consett Popcorn Company also produces popcorn for a number of retailers. The company recently worked with snack and hot sauce producer Psycho Juice to create the hottest popcorn in the UK – Dr Burnörium’s Psycho Corn – for its Psycho Snacks range. The […]

Surprize treats

Bon Bon Buddies has launched a new kids’ collectable confectionery onto the market. The building block shaped Surprize Qubes offer children a sweet treat, which can be consumed, collected and played with. The Qubes are available with Barbie, Super Mario and Despicable Me 2 branding. Each individual block contains a 10g pack of strawberry flavoured […]

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UK juice exports up 40% since 2010

Overseas sales of UK fruit and vegetable juices reached a record £65 million last year. UK juices are now shipped to 96 countries including Spain, Italy, Brazil and America. Apple and orange juice are among the biggest international sellers with £35 million in sales. The demand for UK fruit and vegetable drinks has soared by […]


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