Drinks Sector News

Alcohol labelling back on the menu

A row over calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks has heated up after reports claimed the government is planning to force large businesses to publish calorie information at the point of sale. Citing leaked Department of Health plans, The Sun claimed pub menus or even pump labels would have to carry the information where businesses employ…
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Industry Leaders Announced at the Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards

The 2020 Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards were presented on Thursday in front of a live virtual audience to rapturous applause. The Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards is the barometer for sustainability and responsible business practice for the drinks industry and represents the annual celebration of businesses and individuals making a difference to sustainability in the on-trade drinks sector and…
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What to do with 7m pints of unwanted beer?

Some 87m pints of beer have been thrown away since the pandemic started, the British Beer and Pub Association estimates. As Footrpint reported last month, many businesses have found enterprising ways to put this waste beer to good use: providing energy, animal feed or even a rich gravy for a takeaway pie. Heineken this week…
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Covid curbs alcohol consumption

People drank less in the early months of the covid-19 pandemic, when restrictions included the closure of pubs, bars and clubs, compared to the same months in previous years. Research published this week showed a 6% reduction in total alcohol sales in Scotland, England and Wales in the period from March 15th to July 11th.…
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Science-based climate targets deliver considerable reductions

Companies with science-based targets have reduced their combined scope 1 and 2 emissions by 25% since 2015, according to new research. To put that in context:there has been an increase of 3.4% in global emissions from energy and industrial processes over the same period. Commitments from companies in the food and beverage sector continue to…
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Vaccination offer

With the rollout of covid-19 vaccines taking on a fresh sense of urgency, hospitality businesses have offered to turn their unused premises into vaccination centres to support the government’s vaccination programme. Brewdog is in talks with the UK and Scottish governments over using its bars for deployment of the vaccine, while the #SaveNightclubs campaign, a…
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Calls for clear labelling in ‘No-Lo’ drinks category

When is a drink really alcohol-free? It’s a debate that has bubbled up now and again but with no- and low-alcohol (No-Lo) drinks in fashion this time it could get serious. “The misinformation and confusion created by inaccurate and misleading labelling of some no- and low-alcohol drinks threatens to undermine consumer confidence in the No-Lo…
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Carlsberg pins hopes on alcohol-free growth

Carlsberg is putting health at the heart of its growth strategy with plans to expand its range of non-alcoholic drinks and flavoured alcoholic sparkling waters. The brewer’s chief executive Cees ‘t Hart told the Financial Times Carlsberg was stepping up its efforts in alcohol-free beer, where annual sales in most countries were increasing by 20-25%.…
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Whisky aged in “days” could reduce waste, energy and costs

Imagine if you could age whisky in a few days rather than years: consumption of wood and energy would shrink, as would waste. Well, Bespoken Spirits reckons its new technology can do just that – and still go toe-to-toe with traditionally-aged spirits in taste tests. The Silicon Valley start-up, which made the front page of…
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Foodservice leaders demand rescue package for “imperilled sector”

Over 100 hospitality businesses have urged the government to rethink its controversial 10pm curfew or risk further decimating the sector. In an open letter to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, companies including JD Wetherspoon, Sodexo, Heineken UK, Greene King and Burger King said the latest government restrictions announced last week made the “fight to survive…
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