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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Tetra Pak unveils ‘latest innovation’

Tetra Pak has unveiled what it’s calling its ‘latest innovation in carton packaging’. The Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Mid LightCap 24 builds on the success of the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Base perforation carton packaging, says the firm, and features its lowest cost screw cap. “The package has a two-step opening with barrier protection for […]

BSDA appoints new director general

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has been appointed Gavin Partington as its new director general. Gavin joins BSDA from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, where he was communications director and interim chief executive. communications consultant and former political journalist. “I am delighted to be joining the BSDA team and I look forward to […]

Bringing a taste of Spain to Yorkshire

A UK-based businessman is stepping into the world of food retail for the first time with the launch of a premium Spanish food business that he hopes will rival Brindisa. Spanish-born Javier De La Hormaza is bringing the best of his home country to British shores with the launch of Grey’s Fine Foods, a retail […]

Scientists discover natural preservative

Scientists have discovered a natural preservative that they say is capable of destroying bacteria, including E.coli and listeria, and could spell the end for rotting food. There would also be no need to refrigerate produce treated with the preservative, called bisin. Ready meals, opened wine and fresh salad dressing could also be safely consumed long […]


JF Hillebrand drinks to logistics award

Global specialist logistics provider to the wines and spirits industry, JF Hillebrand, has again been declared Logistics Company of the Year in the annual Drinks Business Awards 2011 ceremony held in London last week. JF Hillebrand, winner of the prestigious award in 2010 and in five of the past seven years, was recognised for the […]

Linde partners with Wikeeps to extend wine quality from vine to glass

Preserving wine quality by preventing oxidation is the aim of a new partnership between Linde Gases and French company Wikeeps. “Linde Gases has historically been a leading provider of oenological gases to help wine growers maintain from the vine to the bottle,” says Linde’s Steve Finley. “This innovative and important partnership with Wikeeps now allows […]


JF Hillebrand wins new Waitrose wine contract

JF Hillebrand, logistics provider to the global beverage market, has been awarded a new contract to manage all wine imports for Waitrose. Th three-year contract builds upon an relationship the two companies have maintained and developed for more than 10 years. JF Hillebrand is now the strategic solus partner for Waitrose and will provide full […]

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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Time called on Aussie wine boom

Lovers of cheap and cheerful Australian wine will soon have to find themselves a new drink of choice. Grape prices in the country have fallen by more than 30 per cent this year to the lowest in living memory, and an oversupply of grapes due to drought-breaking rains have left 95 million cases of wine sitting […]

Wine and dine

A wine flour set to enter the US market can deliver a healthy profile to baked goods, through the addition of antioxidants, fibre and fatty acids, while also extending shelf-life, according to its manufacturer Northern Light Food Processing. It claims the ingredients has a distinct advantage over competitor products as it does not contain grape […]


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