Soft & Hot Drinks

Perfect partnership: the new range aims to pair up with dark spirits

Coca-Cola launches premium mixers range

By Nikkie Sutton

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled a range of four specially crafted drinks, designed to be mixed primarily with premium dark spirits.

Caffeine fix: one operator compared specialist coffee to the rise of craft beer

How important is it for pubs to offer specialist coffee?

By Emily Hawkins

With figures showing that two pubs have closed for every coffee shop that has opened in the past five years, industry experts and operators shared their thoughts on how pubs can draw coffee lovers into pubs for a caffeine fix.

Get a thirst on: a new podcast called MA Drinks features one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the drinks trade

MA Drinks podcast – in association with Diageo

How have drinking habits changed in 10 years?

By Nicholas Robinson

The future of alcohol consumption has never been more in focus, with habits changing on an almost daily basis driven by lifestyle choices that, in turn, determine innovation. But what’s next for alcohol?

Trends: customers want to know more about what is in their cocktail

The latest mixers trends

By Emily Hawkins

The mixers market is rapidly diversifying to match the changing preferences of modern drinkers. Here are some of the trends you should be aware of.

You're hired: Lord Alan Sugar, right, has invested in a honey-based tonic water brand

Lord Sugar invests in tonic water company

By Emily Hawkins

Alan Sugar's investment company Amsvest will invest in a brand of tonic waters that use natural honey as a sweetener and are aimed at health-conscious consumers.

In a fizz: Kola 40 is launching a new low-sugar classic cola variant

40 Kola releases new low-sugar variant

By Robert Mann

In an effort to give customers greater choice, the 40 Kola brand has added to its growing craft soft drinks range with the launch of a low-sugar variant.

High demand: a cannabis drinks producer claims he has seen orders soar by 8,000% as customers fear product ban

Demand for cannabis-infused drinks ‘soars by 8,000%’

By Robert Mann

Consumers are ‘panic buying’ cannabis-infused drinks after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) ruled they should be removed from shops and bars as the EU reclassified the products as ‘novel’, a drinks maker has warned.

Smell the coffee: licensees are urged to have the right hot beverage equipment available to attract new punters

Give customers a hot hit in winter

By Robert Mann

As coffee shops continue to pop up on our high streets – is now the time to rethink your hot beverage offer to cater for the punter of the future?