Drinks Sector News

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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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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Gin made from waste grapes arrives in the UK

Gin produced using surplus table grapes will be launched in the UK on and off-trade next week. Fruit supplier Richard Hochfield imports around 500,000 tonnes of the fresh grapes from Africa and South America every year. However, 2.7% of them – or about 1.4 million punnets’ worth – are not suitable for sale. Rather than…
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Carlsberg cuts plastic with new Pilsner

Carlsberg UK has incorporated a duo of sustainable packaging innovations into the launch of its Carlsberg Danish Pilsner. A new Snap Pack bonds packs of beers together using an innovative glue technology that replaces the need for traditional, bulky plastic rings. The pack is held together with small pieces of a specially developed glue in…
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Heineken’s zero alcohol beer boost

Heineken’s new brand extension, Heineken 0.0, has been “very well received” and is now available in 38 markets worldwide, according to the company’s latest annual report. “The growth of the low- and no-alcohol segment is expected to continue 
and our ambition is to be the leader in this space,” the brewer noted. “We aim to…
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