‘Great British engineering’

Neil Fowell, Kliklok International’s managing director, predicts continued sound capital investment over the next 12 months, driving plant efficiency and cost gains.

‘Vision and clear plans’

Joanne Hubbard, public analyst at Public Analyst Scientific Services, hopes for greater focus on food authenticity, quality and standards to reduce risk and ensure compliance throughout the supply chain.

Easy glass bottle handling

Standard-Knapp has launched the EZ Picker, an economical new bottle handling tool. Designed with craft brewers, small wineries and distilleries in mind, the EZ Picker is engineered for quick and easy handling of glass bottles. Able to accommodate both full and empty glass bottles, it is available in a variety of sizes, from the standard […]

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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Fake alcohol crack down

Figures released this week reveal that nearly 2,500 litres of fake wine and spirits were seized in the UK as part of a pre-Christmas enforcement campaign. UK Trading Standards, working with international enforcement agencies, also closed down an illegal distillery that would have posed a real threat to public safety. The crackdown on fake alcohol […]

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100% cocoa bar

Madagascan bean to bar chocolate company Madécasse has extended its range of handcrafted bars with the addition of a 100% cocoa variant made using three of the country’s rare cocoa varieties – pure ancient criollo, amelonado and trinitario. Available in a 75g format, the bar is sugar-free and contains no artificial additives, preservatives or ingredients. Brett […]

UK distillers join alcohol duty cut campaign

Small distillers across Britain have joined forces to call on George Osborne to cut the rate of duty on alcohol to facilitate growth of the industry. Distillers from across the UK have come out in support of the Drop the Duty campaign which is being run by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), Wine and Spirit […]

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2015 will see end of UK wine recession

The downturn in UK wine drinking – which has seen a 10.5% per capita drop since 2008 – will end this year, forecasts Vinexpo, the wine and spirits exhibition. The data, prepared for Vinexpo by the IWSR, shows adult wine consumption will start to edge up over the next five years. However, wine drinking will […]

Craft and fusion are next steps for cider brands

While the cider market has undergone a revolution over the last two decades, consumers reportedly still see cider as a beverage they only turn to occasionally. As such, manufacturers need to do more to enhance the appeal of cider in the UK – and craft production and sensory fusion is believed to be the way […]

Canadean’s trends for 2015

As the end of 2014 draws near, Canadean has forecasted the top trends which it believes will influence consumer behaviour in 2015, along with an insight into how manufacturers and marketers can target these evolving consumer needs to drive sales over the next year. They are: From mass produced to personalised – Canadean predicts that the […]

Beverage stabilisation

Porvair Filtration Group has developed Stabifil, a polyphenol removal product that optimises beverage processes, lowers capital costs and offers fast flow rates. It also benefits from no loss of loose polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVPP) powder with its potential to create long-term maintenance and health and safety issues. The product uses Porvair’s patented technology of co-sintering PVPP powder […]

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