Soft & Hot Drinks

Exciting new trade show - The Bar & Pub Show - launches

Events

Exciting new trade show - The Bar & Pub Show - launches

By Mike Berry

A new event dedicated to the bar and pub sector will run alongside this year's Restaurant Show at Olympia bringing together the best suppliers in the business with top operators that are transforming the UK’s on-trade.

Monster launches zero calorie energy drink

Monster launches zero calorie energy drink

By Jessica Mason

Monster Ultra, which will be available in 355ml embossed cans, will be “lighter tasting” and positioned as both a soft drink and a mixer that is suitable for any time of day to appeal to a broader range of people and not just fans of energy drinks.

Alcohol-free beer no longer a pint sized issue

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Alcohol-free beer no longer a pint sized issue

By Ben Winstanley

Alcohol-free beer is growing in popularity in Britain, according to new research released by AB InBev UK, and the largest beer company in the world is making steps towards growing its portfolio in response.

Hybrid & niche venues remind us pubs need to stand out

Could these new venues be killing pubs?

By Nigel Huddleston

From cafes serving beer through to niche outlets where standard pubs don't answer the need, The Publican's Morning Advertiser looks at differing business models - the threats as well as the lessons.

'Make child-sized versions of adult dishes,' says Harvester

Children’s menus

Big pub chains reveal top menu tips for kids

By Nicholas Robinson

Senior head office staff from Wetherspoons, Harvester and the Soil Association (SA) have revealed their top tips for creating a nutritious and cost-effective pub food menu for children.

Boost sales with winter warming hot drinks

Hot drinks

Hotting up: winter alternatives to coffee

By Noli Dinkovski

The temperature is dipping, collars are being turned up and customers are looking for something to warm the cockles of the hearts. The answer, says Noli Dinkovski, is a diverse coffee offer that is adaptable to the seasons.

Tom sets out his top tips for winning a gastropub award

Kerridge: how to win a gastropub gong

By Nicholas Robinson

Two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, of the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has revealed his top tips for winning at next year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.

One of this year's award winners transformed two vans to boost sales

Top 50 Gastropubs 2016

How to win a Top 50 Gastropubs Award

By Nicholas Robinson

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2016 is fast approaching and so is the opportunity to win one of three awards up for grabs at the event in January. Here are our top tips on how to gain one.

Chefs on the top 50 list create dishes that are second to none

Top 50 Gastropubs Awards 2016

Win a Top 50 Gastropubs Award

You and your pub could be immortalised as a winner of one of the three specialist awards categories open to entry at next year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards.

Life is too short to not indulge yourself in great drinks

Less isn't always more

By Jessica Mason

Honesty and transparency in drinks creation is important, but so is the skill of a good blend. It is something that has been overlooked for some time. Why? Because, these days, we’re a bit suspicious of anything rogue. Is there horse meat in it? Nuts?...

The Cracker Drinks Co premium range of adult soft drinks ‘Blended’

Adult soft drinks

New range of adult soft drinks launched

By Michelle Perrett

The Cracker Drinks Co has launched a new premium range of adult soft drinks called the ‘Blended’ range.

Find out how to win the competition by reading on

Competition

Nestlé offers chance to win coffee shop

By Nicholas Robinson

Nestlé Professional has launched a competition for one pub to create its own coffee shop, after research from the bakery chain Greggs and the University of Stirling showed 40% of consumers would prefer to drink coffee while chatting with friends.

August soft drink round-up

August soft drinks round-up

August soft drink round-up

By Laurie Macdonald

The essential round-up of soft drinks launches and news from August.

Orangina invests £4m in on-trade marketing

Orangina invests £4m in on-trade marketing

By Laurie Macdonald

Lucozade Ribena (LR) Suntory Ltd has announced details of its £4million marketing campaign into the Orangina brand, entitled ‘Life is Flat Unless You Shake It’.

Back bar bulletin

Back bar bulletin

By Laurie Macdonald

Spirits to softs and cocktails to cider, your essential round-up of what's hot on the back bar.

Pago investing in UK on-trade campaign

Pago investing in UK on-trade campaign

By Laurie Macdonald

Pago Fruit Juice has launched its ‘True Colours’ 2015 summer programme of support in the UK that includes a new flavour, a smaller 12 pack format, sponsorship of some outdoor events and customer sampling.

Qcumber with Ginger can be sold as a soft drink or as a mixer

Qcumber with Ginger launches

By Jessica Mason

Essential Health Products Ltd is expanding its Qcumber soft drinks line to include a new flavour – Qcumber with Ginger.

Orangina re-launched into pubs

Orangina re-launched into pubs

By Laurie Macdonald

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is re-launching Orangina into pubs and bars with an on-trade exclusive bottle.

The limited release will see eight million 250ml special-edition Disclosure Red Bull Energy cans stocked in 65,000 pubs, bars and clubs across the UK.

Red Bull launches Disclosure can

By Laurie Macdonald

Red Bull UK is set to launch its first ever on-trade exclusive can in conjunction with electronic music duo Disclosure. The limited release will see eight million 250ml special-edition Disclosure Red Bull Energy cans stocked in 65,000 pubs, bars and clubs...

The online course is available to all CCE customers

Coca-Cola & CPL Online launch soft drinks training

By Jessica Mason

Coca-Cola Enterprises [CCE] has partnered with e-learning specialists CPL Online to introduce a new animated online training programme to help licensees deliver the perfect soft drinks serve and boost sales.

Make the most of soft drinks

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Make the most of soft drinks

By Jessica Mason

With the raft of low-calorie drinks sweeping the pub trade, it’s a relief to see that health and wellbeing is being taken seriously among the soft drinks sector. 

Nichols Dispense signs Coca-Cola deal

SUPPLIER NEWS

Nichols Dispense signs Coca-Cola deal

By Jessica Mason

The new agreement makes Nichols Dispense the UK's largest independent supplier of dispensed soft drinks, as well as the first independent UK-wide bag-in-box supplier of the brand outside of Coca-Cola Enterprises itself.

Interview: Britvic's Nigel Paine

Pub sector profiles

Interview: Britvic's Nigel Paine

By Jessica Mason

Nigel Paine is a man who is always looking to the future. Which is just as well in an industry that is increasingly innovating and searching for the next big thing. Jessica Mason reports.

Future alcoholic drinks trends

What will we be drinking in 2020?

By Robyn Black

If kale, coconut water and craft beer were the tastes of 2014, what will we be drinking five years from now?

J2O Spritz launched

BRAND NEWS

J2O goes posh with a new sparkling variant

By Jessica Mason

Britvic is launching a lightly sparkling brand extension for its J₂O brand, named J₂O Spritz, in a bid to answer the demand for more excitement and choice in adult soft drinks.