Upbeat Drinks introduces new low-sugar flavored water line-up to UK market

UK - Upbeat Drinks, a leading beverage brand in the UK, has introduced its new low-sugar flavoured water line-up to the UK market, designed for health-conscious consumers. According to FoodBev, the new water is a low-sugar beverage that contains added protein and minerals. “Consumers are increasingly looking for healthy drinks that do not just offer…

Helene Gunnarson appointed new vice-chairman of Arla Foods

DENMARK - Arla Foods amba board of directors have appointed former chairman of the Swedish Area Council and the Organic Committee, Helene Gunnarson as new vice-chairman of the corporative. She succeeds Jan Toft Norgaard who was appointed new chairman of Arla Foods amba in May. Helene, who has been a farmer since 1997, served as…

UK government announces new measures to reduce childhood obesity by 2030

UK - The UK government has announced new measures aimed at halving childhood obesity rates by 2030, including efforts to prevent stores from displaying unhealthy food at checkouts and to ban the sale of caffeine-laden energy drinks to children. According to NutritionInsight, the industry and lobby groups have generally welcomed the announcement, as the UK…

FSA maintains safety guidance on acrylamide and furan

UK - UK’s Food Standards Agency has announced that following investigations on amount of acrylamide and furan present in a range of retail foods, the levels do not increase risk to human health. The agency said as a result, it does not change its advice to consumers on acrylamide and furan. FSA carried a survey…

Marston seals a five-year deal with US craft brewer Founders Brewing Company

USA - Marston’s, the British brewery and pub operator, has sealed a new five-year distribution deal with US craft brewer Founders Brewing Co., after a US$72.8 million acquisition of brewery and pub operator Charles Wells in May 2017. Established in 1997, Founders Brewing Co., based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the 16th largest brewery in…

Coca-Cola temporarily pauses production due to the shortage of CO2 gas

EUROPE - Coca-Cola, the world’s soft drinks producer, has said it has "temporarily paused" some production because of the shortage of CO2 gas, even though the shortage so far has not affected supplies. BBC reported that at least five CO2 producers in northern Europe are offline for maintenance, according to the publication Gasworld, which was…

Asda listed as Britain’s worst big four supermarkets in treatment of suppliers

UK – Asda, a British supermarket retailer, has been listed as the worst of Britain’s big four supermarket groups in its treatment of suppliers, according to the UK grocery regulator’s annual sector survey. According to Reuters, almost 8% of Asda’s suppliers said the British arm of Walmart “rarely” or “never complied” with the Grocery Supply…

2 Sisters Food Group’s Chief Financial Officer leaves the company

UK - 2 Sisters Food Group, a frozen retail poultry company, has announced that Richard Pike, Group CFO, has decided to leave the company to pursue opportunities outside the group following internal changes to the Finance function. The company has recently made changes to its programme, and the business had decided to split responsibility for…

Heineken announces plans to invest US$58.25m in UK pubs

UK - Heineken, the world’s second largest brewer, has announced plans to pour US$58.25 million into the UK’s struggling pubs to fund fund 140 projects and upgrades. According to the company, its British arm will invest the money into around 500 of the 2,900 pubs owned by its Star Pubs & Bars unit, with the…

UK’s aluminium packaging recycling rate increases to 72%

UK - The United Kingdom’s Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has said that the recycling rate of aluminium both in the British Isles and upon the European continent continues to make significant strides, achieving and surpassing goals that were set for the practice last year. According to Alupro, the recycling rate for aluminium drink cans…