United Kingdom: Latest beverage news & analysis
Cocktail mixers and syrups firm Funkin is now part of the AG Barr portfolio after the closure of a multi-million deal last month. Here, Funkin CEO Andrew King explains how he can help Barr grow its on-trade presence, why Angola is a new focus for cocktails and what he has planned for Irn Bru.
Yesterday afternoon, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his Budget for the UK. From Monday (23 March), the following duty changes will come into effect on alcoholic products sold in the country:
Nick Miller spent 25 years working for big brewers - most recently with SABMiller - before deciding to take the role of CEO at London's Meantime Brewing Co in 2011. Here, Surrey-born Miller explains who he regards as competition, the future for UK craft brewers and the firm's plans for this year.
Britvic announced flat sales in Q1 results today, as competition in the UK remained strong. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by region.
The starting gun on the UK General Election campaign has been fired and, once again, alcohol looks set to be a political football.
Price increases in the UK off-trade have slowed in the past year, with the cost of beer declining, according to recent figures.
William Grant & Sons is upping the UK exposure for Grant's Signature through a new GBP1.2m (US$1.8m) sponsorship deal with Sky Sports.
UK drinks trade groups have hit back at doubts raised over the industry's successful bid to cut 1bn units from alcoholic products in the country.
Westons Cider is launching three new lower-strength seasonal variants of its Old Rosie brand to capitalise on continuing growth in the UK's flavoured cider market.
Stowford Press is to remain the official cider of England cricket for the next two years after brand owner Westons agreed a new deal.
The team behind Swedish cider Rekorderlig has said it wants the brand's new Dry Apple variant to be the cider version of Peroni and Corona.
The head of Pernod Ricard's 'Our/Vodka' division has claimed that craft is an “abused” term in the spirits industry and causes confusion among consumers.
Molson Coors has bought contract brewer Thomas Hardy's brewing and kegging facilities at the UK's Burtonwood Brewery.
Kopparberg has rolled out its Fagerhult beer brand to the UK.
AG Barr has posted a steady increase in full-year sales and profits as strong bottled water sales helped it outperform the overall soft drinks market.
A bit of football fun for a Friday. Anheuser-Busch InBev has released the ad that will accompany its new Budweiser 'Dream Goal' campaign, that seeks to find the UK's best amateur goal.
Perhaps because it's a Friday and I'm a bit hungry, but Pernod Ricard's idea to launch a 'London Steak Awards' backed by its Argentinian wine brand Graffigna seems like clever marketing.
Heineken is betting big on the long-term opportunity around soccer in the US.
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