Drinks Sector News

‘Alcopops’ should be subject to sugar levy

Health campaigners have criticised the government for omitting alcoholic drinks from the sugar levy after a survey revealed that some pre-mixed spirits and cocktails contain up to 12 teaspoons of sugar. Popular ‘ready to drink’ (RTD) pre-mixed spirits and cocktails sold in supermarkets are extremely high in hidden sugar and calories whilst lacking in on-pack…
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Pub-goers toast alcohol-free tipples

Low-or no-alcohol drinks are gaining popularity with British adults with two-thirds of midlife drinkers saying they have drunk, or would try, lower-strength alcoholic drinks – an increase of 15% in the past two years. The research, from alcohol education charity Drinkaware, also found that more than half (51%) of people aged 45 to 64 have…
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Coca-Cola European Partners invests £20m into its Edmonton operations

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has this week opened a new production line at its Edmonton factory in North London to increase production of its most sustainable products. This comes following a £20 million operational investment at the site, forming part of the business' broader £150 million investment programme into its operations in Great Britain (GB)…
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Boom time for beer (without the alcohol)

Thirty-two per cent of adults have now tried a no- or low-alcohol beer, wine or spirit in the last six months. New CGA data also showed that sales in the no- and low-alcohol category have increased by 48% in the last 12 months to more than £60m a year. Growth for completely alcohol-free options is…
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The Absolut Company joins forces with The Coca-Cola Company, Carlsberg and L’Oréal to advance sustainable progress in the bottling industry

The project is an initiative to build a global community of industry leaders united in the goal of creating a fully bio-based and recyclable paper bottle. To further sustainable innovation within the bottling industry, The Absolut Company is thrilled to be joining Paboco, the Paper Bottle Company, alongside leading industry names Coca-Cola, Carlsberg and L'Oréal. Paboco, which originally launched back…
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Children call for widespread alcohol advertising bans

Marketing of alcoholic drinks needs to be restricted, including at sporting events and on holiday, according to research conducted by children. Members of the Children’s Parliament in Scotland found that young people are being frequently exposed to alcohol through marketing, as well as in shops and at home. As a result, they feel “unsafe and…
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The drinks sector’s responsible business elite celebrated at Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards

Launching last night, the Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards brought together the great and good of the drinks supply chain to celebrate excellence in sustainable business practice. Hosted at RIBA The Royal Institute of British Architects in London, the newly-established awards are a barometer for sustainability and responsible business practice across the out-of-home drinks industry. With…
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Brewing sector cuts carbon and water use

Total CO2 emissions from the UK’s brewing industry fell 42% between 2008 and 2018 – a reduction of 202,952 tonnes – according to new research conducted by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).  In 2018, emissions were 284,194 tonnes, compared to 487,146 tonnes in 2008. In 1998, they were 698,543 tonnes. In the past…
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Molson Coors sets packaging carbon reduction target

Molson Coors has set a target to reduce carbon emissions from its packaging by 26% by 2025, against a 2016 baseline. “We’re working with our top 10 packaging suppliers to obtain packaging-specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data and improve our carbon footprint by packaging type and by material,” the brewer noted in its annual sustainability…
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CAMRA hits back at alcohol tax proposal

Calls for a 10% higher tax on alcohol products would “devastate the pubs industry”, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). A study published last week by the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute and the Institute of Alcohol Studies concluded that raising alcohol taxes could benefit the UK economy and society by…
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