Drinks Sector News

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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Shortlist for the Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards 2020 in association with Matthew Clark announced

The judging has concluded and we are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards, revealing the sustainability initiatives of the on-trade drinks sector's leading responsible businesses.     SHORTLIST 2020: ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY AWARD Barn Farm Drinks Collectiv Food FAIR.Drinks SUSTAINABLE USE OF RAW MATERIALS AWARD Foxhole Spirits Good Living Brew…
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Sales of no-and low-alcohol spirits in rude health

Sales of alcohol-free and low-alcohol spirits are up 19% year-on-year, according to new data from Nielsen. Supermarket shoppers have spent more than £5.4m on 170,500 litres of low- and no-alcohol spirits so far this year. Some £3.5m of that has come since the beginning of lockdown. In the past year there had been “a shift…
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Covid-19 boosts market for local, healthy drinks

Drinks manufactured locally are set to benefit from the covid-19 pandemic, gaining popularity as consumers “rally behind symbolic and job-sustaining producers”, according to IWSR. The latest analysis of how the crisis is shaping the alcohol industry also suggested that new drinking habits were forming. Regular drinking occasions are changing due to bar closures and restrictions,…
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£10m for ‘green distilleries’

The government has launched a new fund to help UK distilleries “go green and cut emissions” by switching to low carbon fuels such as hydrogen, biomass and re-purposed waste. The support will help cut emissions by half a million tonnes a year, said the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In 2019, the UK…
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Heineken’s Green Grip to eliminate plastic rings

Heineken UK said it was on track to eliminate plastic rings on supermarket packs of beer by the end of 2021 after announcing plans to roll out its 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers this summer. The topper, dubbed Green Grip, will feature on Heineken, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 multi-pack cans before…
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Calorie labelling for alcohol splits opinion

A government proposal to end the current exemption for alcohol products from calorie labelling requirements has received a mixed response from health campaigners and industry bodies. The Alcohol Health Alliance said the decision was “very welcome”, adding that the fact a large glass of white wine contains the same calories as a slice of pizza…
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Brewdog fuels reusable growth with new drive-thrus

Scottish brewer Brewdog has unveiled plans to open drive-thrus which will act as hubs for returning reusable drinks bottles and kegs. The brewer’s co-founder James Watt tweeted an artists’ impression of the drive-thrus which he said would act as beer collection points, hubs for electric vehicle deliveries and hubs for closed-loop, zero-waste packaging such as…
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