Drinks Sector News

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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Less but better beer

The next generation will be “drinking less, but better”, choosing local independent craft beers over mass-produced brews, according to a new report by the Society of Independent Brewers. The Craft Beer Report 2019 showed a 0.8% increase in the volume of beer being produced by SIBA members to 2.86 million hectolitres. However, craft beer has…
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2019 FOOTPRINT DRINKS SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS SHORTLIST OF SUSTAINABILITY ELITE ANNOUNCED

The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards, revealing the sustainability initiatives of the on-trade drinks sector’s leading responsible businesses. Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards is the only initiative to honour the achievements of companies in specific areas of sustainability and responsible business practice in the out of home sector and its…
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Plastic found in beer and bottled water

The average person is consuming a credit card’s worth of plastic every week in products such as shellfish, beer and salt, new research has found. People are consuming up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year, equivalent to around 250 grams a year or 5 grams each week, according to the study commissioned by…
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Energy drinks ban in Scottish hospitals

Shops within hospitals will not be permitted to sell energy drinks to anyone under the age of 16. The new restriction, which will apply to drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg/litre, will also be matched by all NHS-run catering sites. The change is the latest update to the Healthcare Retail Standard,…
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Climate change could leave Scotch drinkers thirsty

Scottish distilleries have warned that global warming could endanger whisky production. Last year, some whisky makers were forced to close down for a month, according to a report in the Observer, and there is every chance the same could happen this year. At some points last summer The Spey was running 97% lower than its…
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Sugar tax is “working”

Sales of sugar-free drinks are up, whilst those with full sugar are in decline. What’s more, new sugar-free variants of popular drinks have gained distribution in major retailers. “The soft drinks industry levy is working,” wrote Jack Winkler and Tam Fry, emeritus professor of nutrition policy at London Metropolitan University and National Obesity Forum chair…
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