Soft & Hot Drinks

Opposing the sugar tax: Kate Nicholls, ALMR chief executive

Sugar tax

Why the ALMR is opposing the sugar tax

By Chief executive of the ALMR, Kate Nicholls

With rising levels of obesity, particularly among children, so strong in the public consciousness, it’s no surprise the Government wants to appear firm on health concerns. The Government is keen to be seen to tackle health problems and demonstrate that...

ALMR's Nicholls: tax set to increase cost burden for pubs

Sugar tax 'won’t solve UK obesity crisis'

By Daniel Woolfson

A coalition representing thousands of small businesses has called on the Government with a new campaign to ditch former Chancellor George Osborne’s tax on soft drinks.  

From zero to cofee hero: Your guide to coffee in pubs

Your guide to coffee

What’s hot, black and sells well in pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

More than 3.6 million cups are sold in pubs every week and coffee sales in the boozer are growing faster than in branded coffee shops. Find out how to go from zero to coffee hero ALISON BAKER REPORTS

Smooth not crunchy: Tailgate launches Peanut Butter Milk Stout in the UK

New Products

Peanut Butter Milk Stout lands in the UK

By Nicholas Robinson

TOP SHELF:This smooth (not crunchy) 5.8% ABV Peanut Butter Milk Stout has been imported into the UK for the first time by global drinks importer Heathwick from American craft brewery Tailgate Beer.

What are premium soft drinks?

Premium soft drinks

Hello Softie… you’re all grown up

By Nicholas Robinson

For many years children were the only connoisseurs of soft drinks, but the category is now more sophisticated than ever. Treat Softie with respect and in return you could be treated to margins as high as those available from alcohol

How is your premium soft drinks offer?

Premium soft drinks

10 things you need to know about premium soft drinks

By Nicholas Robinson

Soft drinks are no longer the preserve of children, adults are turning to the category in their thousands. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about premium soft drinks in pubs.

Hartridge: 'Consumers are going to the pub to drink soft drinks'

Premium soft drinks

Soft drinks in pubs are getting sexy

By Nicholas Robinson

Soft drinks have arrived late to the premium and craft party, but operators must try to tap into better quality products now if they are to take better advantage of consumer demand for new and exciting non-alcoholic drinks.

World's first: Diageo backs Seedlip alcohol-free spirit


First non-alcoholic distilled spirit wins Diageo cash

By Nicholas Robinson

Diageo-backed Distill Ventures is to invest in the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit made by Seedlip, which is expected to be added to the spirit giant’s alcohol-free drinks portfolio.

Survey: Soft options outdo coffee


Survey: Soft options outdo coffee

By James Wallin

Soft drink consumption during eating-out occasions saw a significant spike in the first quarter of 2016 — just as the debate over the sugar tax peaked.

Do you add water to your whisky?

World Whisky Day

Exclusive: Franklin & Sons launches whisky water

By Nicholas Robinson

Premium soft drinks maker Franklin & Sons has launched a new line of Scottish artesian waters – sourced from the Scottish Highlands – for the on-trade to mix with whisky.

New Schweppes mixers

Soft drinks

New-look mixers range for Schweppes

By Nicholas Robinson

Schweppes has revealed a new-look range of mixers, including tonic, bitter lemon and soda water, in a bid to make the brands stand out more as mixed drinks ingredients.