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Isle of Man puts sugar tax back to 2019

By Rachel Arthur

The Isle of Man is postponing the introducing of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy by one year, with introduction now planned for April 1, 2019.

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NHS England move to ban 'sugary drinks' in hospitals

By Will Chu

Plans by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to ban sales of sugar-sweetened drinks in hospitals in England have been backed by the British Soft Drink Association (BSDA), who praised the decision to include all sugar-added drinks.

‘Sale of illicit alcohol costs UK around £1.3bn per year’ - HMRC

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HMRC operation seizes alcohol in Wales

By Staff Reporter

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal products across north Wales has uncovered 2,700 litres of alcohol.

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UK Scotch sales fall

By Rachel Arthur

UK sales of Scotch whisky in the UK decreased by 1 million bottles in the first six months of 2017, with the industry attributing the fall to an increased spirits tax.

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Innovation watch: Customising wine with Vinfusion

By Rachel Arthur

Exhibiting at drinktec, Cambridge Consultants presented its ‘Vinfusion’ technology: which lets consumers customize their wine at the point of dispense based on three parameters.

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UK wine organizations create unified body

By Rachel Arthur

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers will merge to become one single industry body: UK Wine Producers Ltd (UKWP).

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Diageo to cut 100 jobs in Scotland

By Rachel Arthur

Diageo will make redundancies at its Leven and Shieldhall sites in Scotland as it moves some production to Italy and the US. In response, union GMB Scotland has accused the UK government of ‘gross betrayal’ of workers, having previously called on the...

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Number of distilleries in the UK rises

By Rachel Arthur

The UK saw a 17% increase in the number of distilleries in 2016, bringing the total to an estimated 273 distilleries. 

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Slingsby Gin gains recognition in China

By Jenny Eagle

Slingsby Navy Strength Gin distributed by Spirit of Harrogate has been recognized by the China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) for Best Value 2017.

Sales of packaged foods have declined in UK over the past decade

Study finds UK packaged food sales have declined steadily throughout past decade

Has UK packaged food gone past its sell-by date?

By Louis Gore-Langton

Packaged food sales in the UK have reached their lowest growth rate in a decade due to an increase in discounter stores, innovation fatigue, and an increase in eating out due to economic improvements, according to Euromonitor.

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Brexit bites, or the price of a low pound

By Mark Jones, food and drink solicitor

What will the impact of rising food prices in post-Brexit Britain be on manufacturers, retailers and consumers? Food and drink solicitor at Gordons law firm Mark Jones takes a closer look. 

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Tesco reduces sugar in own brand soft drinks

By Rachel Arthur

UK supermarket giant Tesco has reduced the sugar content in its own brand soft drink portfolio, with the reformulated beverages hitting the shelves this week. 

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Ireland ponders sugary drinks tax

By Niamh Michail

A tax on sugary drinks is being considered by the Irish government as part of the upcoming budget, a measure condemned by the Irish Beverage Council (IBC) as “costly political posturing”.

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UK wine and spirits companies back EU membership

By Rachel Arthur

The UK’s Prime Minister says that jobs and investment in the wine and spirits industry could be at risk if the UK leaves the EU. Meanwhile, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association has announced that 90% of its members want to stay in the EU. 

ACE UK joins OPRL as a co-owner with BRC

ACE UK joins OPRL as a co-owner with BRC

By Jenny Eagle

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK, which represents Tetra Pak, Elopak, and SIG Combibloc, has announced it will become a joint owner of OPRL, which runs the UK’s on-pack recycling label scheme.

New breweries boost European beer sector

New breweries boost European beer sector

By Rachel Arthur

The number of active breweries in the EU has doubled since 2008 – reaching more than 6,500 today – according to figures released by industry association The Brewers of Europe. 

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Brewery boss backs EU membership campaign

By Michael Stones

The boss of Adnams brewery has joined food industry executives and other business leaders in backing the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) campaign in support of Britain’s EU membership.

API Foils to expand across Europe

API Foils to expand across Europe

By Jenny Eagle

API which makes foils, laminates and holographs for brand enhancement and packaging protection for the snacks, beverage and confectionery industry, has expanded its management team in the UK and Poland.

A petition started by Oliver could force a parliamentary sugar debate

Jamie wins 100k signatures to force sugar tax debate

By Laurence Gibbons

The government will be forced to consider debating whether to tax sugary drinks after a petition calling for the move by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver gained more than 100,000 signatures.

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