Kingsland Drinks expands portfolio with RTD pre-mix cocktail range

Manchester-based Kingsland Drinks – one of the UK’s leading independent drinks companies – has launched a range of gin and vodka pre-mixed cocktails. read more

Coca-Cola FEMSA announces 4% drop in revenues for Q3

Coca-Cola FEMSA – the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in the world by sales volume – has announced results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2020. The Mexico-City-headquartered firm recorded a four-per-cent drop in its total revenues for Q3. read more

New Brixton micro-distillery launches Market Row Botanical Rum

Handcrafted by former Pernod Ricard execs in the heart of Brixton and infused with flavours from Brixton’s historic Market Row, the new super-premium ‘Market Row Botanical Rum’ is steeped in Caribbean soul yet with a distinctly London spirit. read more

Sorma Group introduces new eco-friendly pack with ‘breathable’ window

Sorma Group – a leading provider of packaging, packaging materials and packaging equipment for the fruit and vegetable sector – is to introduce 100-per-cent paper packs featuring a cellulose mesh window to enable the product inside to ‘breathe’, thus prolonging shelf-life and ensuring visibility. read more

New gin created during lockdown to raise funds for the UK hospitality industry

A new not-for-profit gin brand – Hospitality Gin – has been created to support the UK hospitality industry throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. read more

Innova Identifies top 10 food & bev trends set to drive innovation in 2021

Transparency emerges as a clear winner in Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2021, with brands upping their game to meet evolving ethical, environmental and clean label consumer demands. read more

Dorset Tea launches new fully-sustainable packaging

UK tea blender Dorset Tea has announced the launch of its new fully sustainable packaging – from removing the gold lettering on the outer packaging so that it is 100-per-cent recyclable, through to sift-proof outer packaging that does not require inner foil bags. read more

Doña Sofía launches new CBD soft drink range

Hailed for its great taste and affordability, start-up CBD brand Doña Sofía has this month launched its first CBD-infused non-alcoholic soft drinks, bringing consumers a flavoursome, versatile and accessible way to incorporate cannabinoids into their lifestyle. read more

Exclusive quality wines now available direct to consumers from Champagnes & Chateaux

Champagnes & Chateaux, a leading specialist wine merchant in the UK since 1989, is bringing its exclusive portfolio of quality wines direct to the consumer for the first time. read more

PEP Kitchen hits the sweet spot with new vegan cookie offering

PEP Kitchen, the London-based vegan ready meal business launched for delivery in 2020, has added a sweet new option to their range with the creation of their bake at home vegan chocolate chip cookies. read more

Applications open for HostMilano 2021’s Smart Label, Host Innovation Award

Dedicated to the most innovative products and companies in the HoReCa and Retail segments, the ‘Smart Label, Host Innovation Award’ returns next year as part of HostMilano – the world's leading event in the hotel sector. And applications are now open for the prestigious competition. read more

Besana spreads healthy message with new nut butter line

Italian company’s innovative range of natural nut butters answers the call for nutrient-rich, preservative-free and environmentally sustainable products. read more

Paradise Fruits to debut new indulgent flavours at Food Matters Live

Paradise Fruits Freeze Dried – the global supplier of naturally healthy and delicious food ingredients – has added a variety of new indulgent flavours to its ‘Crunchy’ range, which it will debut at this year’s Food Matter Live. read more

New BENEO innovation boosts taste, stability and shelf-life of probiotic supplements

To support the stability of the formulation and the viability of micro-organisms for a healthy gut, BENEO is presenting its galenIQ™ 721 innovation at the upcoming CPhI Festival of Pharma 2020. read more

Small Giants launch super-sustainable insect-based snacks

If you like your snacks a little unusual, highly sustainable and outrageously tasty, the Small Giants Crackers are for you. These bite-sized savoury crackers are made with cricket flour – a highly sustainable source of protein, and the UK founders of this new ‘brand-with-a-purpose’ range of products are touting their revolutionary snacks as a great way to eat insects “without the yuck-factor”. read more

Positive new trends drive change in distilling sector across Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted organisations across Africa to invest in distilling facilities for the first time, and has prompted existing distillers and brewers to innovate and diversify. This is according to Hendre Barnard, Training and Marketing Manager at Distillique – one of the partners of next year’s upcoming food & drink technology Africa trade exhibition (13–15 July 2021 in Johannesburg). read more

PLMA takes ‘World of Private Label’ event online in December

The Private Label Manufacturers Association is taking its ‘World of Private Label’ event online for four days – from 1-4 December. The prestigious international trade show will shift to a virtual platform in December in order provide private label manufacturers across Europe and beyond with the tools most urgently required for generating new business and bringing new products to the marketplace. read more

Shining a light on the F&B industry’s future: THAIFEX – Anuga Asia 2020 successfully concludes

Leading regional F&B trade show, THAIFEX – Anuga Asia, successfully concluded its 2020 event, becoming one of the first post-Covid-19 international trade exhibitions to open in Asia as Thailand gets back to business. read more

DolCas Biotech’s bergamot and wild artichoke complex found to reduce liver fat, weight in non-diabetics

A new study reveals that branded botanical ingredient Bergacyn FF® is effective not only in providing liver support but also in aiding weight loss. read more

Ella's Kitchen and Danone Yogurt launch collaborative recycling programme

B Corporations Ella’s Kitchen and Danone Yogurt are partnering with TerraCycle to provide a UK-wide recycling solution for all baby food and yogurt pouches. The scheme calls on other F&B brands to join the programme as co-sponsors and make it easier for consumers to recycle food packaging. read more

IRI’s latest FMCG markets report for Western Europe reveals key food-related trends

The latest ‘IRI Markets Dashboard - FMCG in Western Europe report’ – which reviews the FMCG trends to watch across European countries within a COVID-19 context, alongside the implications for the industry and recommendations – has revealed numerous key food & beverage industry related trends across the region. read more

Anuga 2021 earlybird offer extended to 31st October, digital features announced

Preparations for next year’s Anuga, which returns to Cologne from 9–13 October 2021, are in full swing. As the organisers they look to offer all trade fair participants an optimum event experience when the show returns next year, they have extended the show’s early bird campaign by one month – until 31st October 2020 – as well as announcing digital features. read more

ProSweets Cologne 2021 offers new digital methods of establishing contacts and product presentation

With extended functions for exhibitors, visitors and media representatives, Matchmaking 365+ will enable continuous communications at the next ProSweets Cologne trade fair, which returns from 31st January to 3rd February 2021. read more

Innovative start-up uses food waste to create durable packaging

Israeli start-up W-Cycle has used sugarcane waste to create a novel and durable form of packaging that’s both plastic-free and fully compostable, offering an environmentally friendly solution to the world’s pervasive plastic pollution challenge. read more

Latest issue – Vol 2/20
– Sustainability focus
– Shifting shelves, taking stock
– Export and digital: the passport to F&B growth 
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