Soft Drink

Drinks Masterclass: how to make a Double Dutch Raspberry Repair cocktail (Credit:Getty/SolStock)


How to make a Double Dutch Raspberry Repair cocktail

By Rebecca Weller

This week's Drinks Masterclass showcases a recipe from soft drinks brand Double Dutch. Ready in less than three minutes, the Raspberry Repair is a "simple" and "versatile" cocktail that can help freshen your drinks menu, the brand...

New products: this week's round-up features Bombay Sapphire, Kopparberg and Greene King


Kopparberg announces limited-edition summer cider

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Kopparberg, Schweppes, Peroni, Salcombe Distilling Co, Greene King, Three Drinkers and Bombay Sapphire.

New products: this week's round up features new serves from Whitley Neill, Bacardi and Black Sheep Brewery


Bacardi announces new spiced rum

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Bacardi, Whitley Neill, Nirvana Brewery, Luscombe, Hogs Back Brewery and Black Sheep Brewery.

Event details: Low2NoBev 2022 will host a raft of products alongside insight

Why to attend Low2NoBev 2022

By The Morning Advertiser

Low and no-alcohol pioneers have outlined why Low2NoBev 2022 is a must attend event for the sector.

New products round up: this week features new serves from London Essence and Freixenet Copestick alongside three new cask ales


London Essence launches new mixer

By Rebecca Weller

This weeks new products round up includes new serves from London Essence and Freixenet Copestick as well as three new cask ales from Salcombe Brewery, Bruha and Hogs back.

Advice given: Molson Coors on-trade category controller Mark Bentley outlines the need for a good and varied drinks offer (image: Getty/GoodLifeStudio)


Whatever changes, the perfect range will always be a balancing act

By Mark Bentley, on-trade controller at Molson Coors

Mark Bentley, on-trade category controller at Molson Coors, reflected on how the hospitality sector is bouncing back after the challenges of the pandemic, and what outlets can do to anticipate behavioural change from customers.

Best selling alcohol brands 2020

The Drinks List

The Drinks List – Top Brands to Stock in 2021

By Nicholas Robinson

Despite being closed for four months, facing strict curfews, tier systems and enduring a second national lockdown, drinks sales in the on-trade were strong when the sector was open.

On the rocks: operators are turning to premium non-alcoholic serves as a way to entice Millennial drinkers

'Market for mocktails will only increase'

By Emily Hawkins

The popularity of mocktails shows no sign of stopping and will drive the premium drinks category, according to the founder of soft drinks supplier Peter Spanton Drinks.

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.

Evolution: Coca-Cola looks to new variants

New Coca-Cola Plus Coffee could be ripe for UK extension

By Nicholas Robinson

A newly launched coffee variant of Coca-Cola in nine other countries around the world could be rolled out to more, including the UK, soon as the Coca-Cola Company looks to seed it in 50 markets by next year.

Sober spaces: there is a growing market for venues offering a late night drinks in a zero-alcohol environment

Are sober bars growing in popularity?

By Emily Hawkins

Although many licensed venues have upped their game and stock more zero- and low-alcohol drinks, some customers want an alcohol-free environment too.

Straight on softs: Jamie Shipperly from Coca-Cola European Partners advises operators how to make the most of soft drinks


How to get your soft drinks offer right

By Nikkie Sutton

The soft drinks market is worth more than £14bn and operators need to ensure they are tapping into this with a strong offer, the MA500 crowd heard in Sheffield today (13 September).

Pressure: soft drinks businesses impacted by sugar levy

326 soft drinks makers hit by sugar tax

By Nikkie Sutton

HMRC has revealed that 326 soft drinks manufacturers have been affected by the ‘sugar tax’ according to research from a national accountancy group.

On the up: premium soft drinks sales value is growing almost 28% year on year

Key soft drinks trends for pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Technology, appealing to a broad range of ages and personalisation are just three of the trends operators need to ensure their soft drinks offer pulls in the punters.

Premium soft drinks still popular despite 'sugar levy'

Premium soft drinks still popular despite 'sugar levy'

By James Beeson

The looming sugar levy and changes to lifestyle choices are having a profound effect on the soft drinks market but with customers seeking to treat themselves on special occasions, premium options are still proving popular.

Perfect: new campaign to deliver a better serve

Coke launches profit-boosting perfect serve campaign

By Nicholas Robinson

Coca-Cola European Partners has invested a significant amount in the launch of its Perfect Serve Training and Reward programme, which is aimed at boosting operators' soft drinks profits.

Soft focus: more low- and no-sugar options are now available

In association with Britvic

Sweet truth about the soft-drinks industry levy

By Nikkie Sutton

Following five years focusing on reformulation, Britvic is ahead of the curve when it comes to the impending soft drinks tax. Nikkie Sutton reports.

Glass act: Schweppes' 'skittles' bottles were used in mainstream production

In Association with Schweppes

The first carbonated soft drink

By MA reports

Schweppes’ 234 years’ of history is potted with just as many twists and turns as an episode of Dynasty, featuring love affairs, treachery and the determination to succeed.

Confusion over sugar tax: consumers do not know which products the levy applies to

Consumers 'hugely misunderstand' sugar tax

By Michelle Perrett

The sugar tax has caused confusion among consumers with two thirds of those quizzed thinking it applies to sweets and confectionery rather than soft drinks, new research has revealed.

Turn up the heat on your summertime drinks offer

Turn up the heat on your summertime drinks offer

By Alison Baker

Visiting the pub during summer is a quintessential British trait. And whether your customers are driving or enjoying an alcoholic drink, there’s room for softs and spirits at your site. Alison Baker reports.

Health: consumer trends have helped soft drinks rise

Category update

Soft drinks are on the up

By Nikkie Sutton

The soft drinks category has seen a rise in volume and value according to statistics from CGA Strategy.

Nick Yates: Vimto ready to go big in the on-trade

Vimto poised to make big push into pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Soft-drinks maker and distributor Nichols is set to make a bigger push of its brands, including Vimto and Feel Good, into the pub trade.

Boom: craft soda sales 'set to explode'

Craft soda maker lands big Greene King deal

By Nicholas Robinson

Fledgling independent craft soda maker Dalston’s has landed a contract to supply 150 Greene King pubs in London, a sign the segment is primed to “blow up”.

'It's much like marathon training'

Designated Driver

Embrace the soft drink opportunities afforded by Christmas

By Guest Editor, CCEP's Paul Grace

Well it’s been quite a year, with Leicester City winning the Premier League, Trump’s election, the Referendum and the biggest upset of all, Danny Baker being the first out of the jungle.

People relied on soft drinks as herbal remedies at one point in our history

In association with CCEP

How soft drinks started

By Nicholas Robinson

Softs have played an important role in society for centuries, but their history and value is too often overlooked. There’s a lot more to soft drinks than first meets the eye.

Sugar tax 'won’t solve UK obesity crisis', new campaign urges

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.  

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

J2O Flamingo Fling drink

Soft drinks

J2O’s new limited edition Flamingo Fling

By Nicholas Robinson

Britvic-owned adult soft drink brand J2O is introducing a limited edition Flamingo Fling variant of its drinks range after showcasing it at the pub trade Oscars the Publican Awards last month.

Consumers want a better served premium soft drink, new research shows

Britvic soft drinks review

Premiumisation helps lift soft drink sales in the on-trade

By Nicholas Robinson

Soft drinks sales in the licensed and leisure channel grew by 3.2% in volume to 1.9bn litres last year, with trends such as all-day dining, premiumisation and food-led socialising driving the uplift, according to Britvic’s latest soft drinks review.