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Soft drinks - Articles and news items

Coca-Cola launches new graphics as part of its “one Brand” strategy

Industry news  •  19 April 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

The new graphics use one visual identity system featuring Coca-Cola Red as a unifying colour across the Trademark…

Osborne announces sugar levy on the soft drinks industry

Industry news, Z Homepage Promo  •  16 March 2016  •  Victoria White

In the 2016 Budget, Chancellor George Osborne has announced that a sugar levy will be introduced in the UK on the soft drinks industry…

Princes invests again in its Bradford soft drinks factory

Industry news  •  19 January 2016  •  Victoria White

Princes, one of Europe’s fastest growing food and drink groups, has invested again in its Bradford soft drinks factory this year as part of an ongoing programme of investment in its manufacturing operations…

Consumers demanding more natural soft drink flavours, says Canadean

Industry news  •  6 January 2016  •  Victoria White

Canadean’s latest Quarterly Beverage Tracker reports illuminate a noticeable migration towards local fruits and natural flavours in the European soft drinks market…

Health Select Committee recommends sugary drinks tax

Industry news  •  30 November 2015  •  Victoria White

The House of Commons’ Health Select Committee has published a report supporting a sugary drinks tax and tighter controls on ‘unhealthy food and drink’…

Overhang hangover relief drink launches in the UK

Industry news  •  25 September 2015  •  Victoria White

The drink contains a host of vitamins and botanicals such as milk thistle for liver repair and raspberry leaf and ginger to settle the stomach…

Barr adds flexible buildings to its expanding soft drinks manufacturing facility

Industry news  •  20 July 2015  •  Victoria White

AG Barr has added two buildings to provide highly flexible office space inside its new manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes…

A.G. BARR releases final results: core brands grew in 2014

Industry news  •  27 March 2015  •  Victoria White

A.G. BARR, which produces some of the UK’s leading brands, including IRN-BRU, has announced its final results for the 12 months to 25 January 2015…

Finnish brewing industry loses 3,100 jobs in two years

Industry news  •  20 March 2015  •  Victoria White

Figures published in a report show that the Finnish brewing and soft drinks industry employed 3,100 fewer people in 2013 than two years previously…

European soft drinks industry rooted in European economy

Industry news  •  2 September 2014  •  UNESDA

Contributes €55.4 billion value-added impact, supports over 1 million jobs throughout the supply chain and delivers €22.3 billion in tax payments…

The impact of natural ingredients on the manufacture of soft drinks

Issue 6 2012  •  11 January 2013  •  Cheryl Walker, Analytical Development Technologist, Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd

The soft drinks industry used to be fairly straightforward – there was a core group of products that were traditionally made and they were generally coloured and flavoured with synthetic materials, contained a lot of sugar and were preserved with sodium benzoate and / or sulphur dioxide. They were bottled in either glass, PET, multilayer cartons or metal cans. Shelf lives were generally around 12 months and storage was at ambient temperatures. The development of the artificial sweeteners meant that Diet and No Added Sugar products could also be offered. Labelling was fairly straightforward, and naturally derived colours, flavours and sweeteners were for premium and niche products.

For the purposes of this article, I am looking at flavours, colours and sweeteners of natural origin, i.e., extracts of fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers. Surveys carried out by ingredient manufacturers and by research organisations have shown broadly similar data. The levels of preference for products perceived as natural is generally given as between 70 and 80 per cent, and there is a similar level of perception that natural foods are healthier.

The definition of ‘natural’ is problematic because the consumer perception of natural links ‘naturalness’ to ingredients and processes seen in their own homes, with a preference for simplicity in labelling. Various surveys have been carried out to explore this, particularly in regard to consumer opinions on natural foods and the concept of clean label products.

Britvic to grow take home carbonate sales with new smaller format

Industry news, News  •  31 August 2011  •  Britvic

Britvic introduce the first 250mL range of multipack cans across Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi…

 

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