Soft & Hot Drinks

Gerber Juice Company plans revival for the juice brand

Um Bongo gets a bit of Heston Blumenthal’s magic

By Robyn Black

The company behind 1980s kid’s favourite, Um Bongo, is preparing to revive the juice drink following its starring role in Heston Blumenthal’s Channel 4 show, Heston’s Fantastical Food, on Tuesday night (11 December).

Who’s up for the Pepsi challenge?

Who’s up for the Pepsi challenge?

By Robyn Black

We are fast approaching what is becoming known in marketing circles as “empty 2013”. With no royal wedding, Diamond Jubilee or Olympics to rely on, marketing departments are radically re-thinking the way they’ll promote products and services next year....

Thor soft drinks to be trialled in pubs

Thor soft drinks to be trialled in pubs

By Robyn Black

Thor Drinks, a new UK company, is trialling an eponymous brand of soft drinks in UK pubs and bars in the hope of driving the adult soft-drinks category.

The new combined company would include a range on brands such as Pepsi, 7Up and Robinson's

Britvic and AG Barr agree merger deal

By M&C Report

Soft drinks suppliers Britvic and AG Barr have announced that they have reached an agreement to merge to create a new company called Barr Britvic Soft Drinks.

Britvic's Fruit Shoot makes comeback in pubs

Britvic's Fruit Shoot makes comeback in pubs

By Noli Dinkovski

Britvic has made available its Fruit Shoot kids soft drink range again after three variants were taken out of the market in July following a packaging safety concern.

Fruit Shoot restock to take six weeks

Fruit Shoot restock to take six weeks

By Adam Pescod

Britvic claims it will be able to restock pubs with its popular Fruit Shoot drink in six weeks, after being forced to recall thousands of bottles last week for safety reasons.

The Big Interview: Colm O'Dwyer, Coca-Cola Enterprises

The Big Interview: Colm O'Dwyer, Coca-Cola Enterprises

An industry made up of lots of independent retailers tied in to buying their main products from big companies, and many of them struggling to cope with change and going out of business. It’s surprising that parallels are not drawn more often between petrol...

Pub Mentors: Optimising soft drinks service

Pub Mentors: Optimising soft drinks service

Martin Sampson, out-of-home shopper marketing controller at Coca-Cola Enterprises, reviews progress on improving soft-drink visibility at the Great Lyde in Yeovil, Somerset.

Soft drinks giants back regeneration

Soft drinks giants back regeneration

By Noli Dinkovski

Britvic and PepsiCo UK are to help pubs forge closer links with their local communities in a nationwide cross-brand initiative to transform neglected green spaces.

Red Bull ploughs £1.5m into sugarfree campaign

Red Bull ploughs £1.5m into sugarfree campaign

By Matthew Moggridge

Red Bull have ploughed £1.5 million into a promotional campaign for its Sugarfree variant as it looks to drive awareness of the product's low calorific value among calorie-conscious customers in the on-trade.

Spring relaunch for healthier J2O

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Spring relaunch for healthier J2O

By Noli Dinkovski

Soft drink J2O is to under-go a major relaunch and healthier reformulation next spring, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser can exclusively reveal.

Coca-Cola launches designated driver scheme

Coca-Cola launches designated driver scheme

By Gurjit Degun

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Great Britain will once again be offering free soft drinks to designated drivers, in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT), over the upcoming festive period.

Hot ideas for the chilly days of winter

Hot ideas for the chilly days of winter

By Steve Haslam

So summer has ebbed away and despite the dreams of all those who fantasised about 16 weeks of cracking weather — me included — once again it didn’t happen.

Britvic in line with full-year expectations

Britvic in line with full-year expectations

Britvic, the soft drinks maker, said this morning that its trading was in line with full-year expectations as it reported a slight increase in fourth-quarter sales.

Diageo's Litherland joins Britvic

Diageo's Litherland joins Britvic

By Ewan Turney

Britvic has appointed former Diageo GB managing director Simon Litherland as its new managing director in Great Britain.

Britvic launches Glitter Berry

Britvic launches Glitter Berry

Britvic has launched a limited edition variant, named J20 Glitter Berry, in an effort to boost sales over the festive season.

Britvic: GB and Ireland markets contracted sharply

Poor June weather hits Britvic volumes

By Ewan Turney

Britvic has reported a 5.3% decline in soft drinks volumes in Great Britain for its third quarter on last year blaming the poor June weather.

Cocoa-Cola ACE: accrediting high standards

Coca-Cola's ace post-mix push

By Robyn Black

Coca-Cola Enterprises is attempting to improve the perception of post-mix fizzy drinks among consumers.

Lavazza: coffee of Wimbledon

Lavazza is coffee of Wimbledon

By Lesley Foottit

Lavazza Coffee is the official coffee of the Wimbledon Championship for three years from 2011. The All England Tennis and Croquet Club announced the...

David Miliband: attended campaign launch

Coke teams up with DfT

By Robyn Black

Coca-Cola has joined forces with the Department for Transport (DfT) to run its Designated Driver campaign for the third Christmas running.

Britvic: profit up

Britvic profit up against tough pub market

By Mark Stretton, M&C Report

Britvic, the soft drinks maker, has spoken of the ongoing challenges in the UK on-trade market. The group, led by Paul Moody, yesterday posted...

Last orders: soft drinks only?

Glasgow: soft drinks for last orders

By Lesley Foottit

Glaswegian pubs and clubs could be forced to serve soft drinks only in the last hour of service under new recommendations by the Health and Social...

J2O: TV ads air this week

Britvic launches £1m J2O TV ads

By Lesley Foottit

Britvic is launching a £1m campaign for J20 starting this week, which aims to drive people into pubs.

Rapidz: new to market

Fruity fizz hits the mark

By Robyn Black

A new kid-friendly fizzy drink from Calypso Soft Drinks, which is "school-compliant", is about to hit the market.

Britvic: challenging quarter

Still volumes down at Britvic

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

Britvic this morning blamed a 0.7% third quarter stills volume decline in the UK on a fall in trade in licensed on-trade premises.

Kick Ultra: £1 a shot

Ultra-energetic Kick

By Robyn Black

Global Brands has launched a new concept under its Kick Energy range for those who find energy drinks a bit overpowering.

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