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product news: Strathmore Water increases athletics involvement

Strathmore Water has followed up this summer’s activity as national water supplier to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London 2017, by being appointed national supplier of bottled water for the European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019.

product news: Yazoo introduces one litre PMP

Milk drink brand Yazoo has launched a price-marked version of its 1 litre bottle.

product news: Lamb & Watt adds Ginger Ale to range

Tonic brand Lamb & Watt has diversified its range with a new, full-bodied Ginger Ale addition.

product news: AG Barr introduces San Benedetto

AG Barr is introducing San Benedetto – a premium Italian soft drinks brand – to the UK.

product news: Coca-Cola launches Fuze Tea in UK

Coca-Cola European Partners has announced the launch of its premium iced tea brand Fuze Tea in Great Britain.

product news: Fentimans invests in rebrand

Drinks maker Fentimans has overhauled its image with a rebrand costing £1.2m.

product news: Volvic starts new campaign and revamps bottle

Danone’s water brand Volvic is kicking off the new year with a digitally led marketing campaign.

product news: Coca-Cola renews First Taste advertising

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is bringing back a renewed version of the First Taste advert for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, featuring Mr Hadley, encouraging consumers to try the drink for the first time.

Product news: Shake-up for milk drink brand Yazoo

Yazoo, the milk drink brand, has given its vanilla recipe a shake-up.

Product news: New sugar-free Volvic variants

Volvic, the popular water brand from Danone, has added two new sugar-free flavours across its Touch Of Fruit range in the run-up to Christmas. Summer Fruit Sugar Free is now available in 50cl and 1.5L formats, while the special-edition Watermelon Sugar Free will hit shelves in a 50cl format in late January.

Product news: Win a night in Coke's Christmas truck

Coca-Cola is opening the doors to the iconic red Coca-Cola Christmas truck for the first time, to offer a pair of festive fans, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the ultimate Christmas sleepover – and stay inside the truck for one night only, on Friday 15th December 2017, in a secret London venue.

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Product news: Festive return for Starbucks RTD latte

Chilled ready-to-drink coffee specialist Starbucks is aiming to bring back the magic and excitement of the festive season to the grocery aisle with a limited-edition cup design for the popular chilled coffee drink, the Caffè Latte.

Product news: Sparkling campaign for Christmas

Highland Spring has unveiled a festive campaign titled ‘Escape to a Sparkling Moment’. Forming part of Highland Spring’s programme of investment to drive continued growth in the category, the campaign focuses on the role of the brand’s 'sparkling' offering in elevating the relevance of bottled water for occasions, at the weekend or just for something a little bit special.

product news: Britvic highlights soft drinks opportunity

New research from Britvic reveals that almost half of consumers (45%) are set to buy more soft drinks at Christmas as over a fifth (21%) plan to drink less alcohol.

product news: Fentimans unveils botanically brewed mixer cans

Soft drink producer Fentimans has launched what it claims is the world’s first range of botanically brewed mixer cans.

The Christmas rush

For many people, their first sight of the 'Coke's Holidays are Coming' ad on TV is a clear sign that Christmas is nearly here. This year the iconic commercial will run from the middle of November. And the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck will then begin touring Great Britain, visiting 53 locations nationwide, helping to support retailers by building consumer excitement around the festive season.

product news: Volvic joins forces with new Star Wars film

Volvic, the water brand from Danone, is joining forces with one of this year’s most anticipated films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

product news: Nestlé offers chance to win hydration station visit

Nestlé Pure Life Hydration Station was recently situated at the Spar, Chester Court, near Regent’s Park where store owner, Dilip Patel, and his team welcomed customers and commuters to the store, encouraging them to stay hydrated.

product news: Drinks duo launch mixer

Scottish gin producer NB Distillery and Bon Accord soft drinks are aiming to revitalise the mixer category by launching a co-branded premium tonic.

Product news: Yazoo claims UK first with sugar and sweetener-free chocolate flavour

Milk brand Yazoo is introducing chocolate to its 'no added sugar' range, and the claims that it's the UK’s first chocolate milk drink with no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners.

Product news: CCE's Christmas Truck Tour returns as festive campaign gets under way

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is gearing up to spread some festive cheer, as it reveals its Christmas 2017 campaign, which includes the return of the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour, ‘Holidays Are Coming’ TV advert, limited-edition Christmas packs, and sponsorship of Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball.

product news: Tropicana stages flavour vote

Juice brand Tropicana is introducing its first juice flavour campaign.

product news: Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats expands range

Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats has launched a new frozen dessert and two new hot chocolate products.

product news: Ribena revamps cartons

Ribena is disrupting the cartons segment with the launch of an exclusive new flavour, Pineapple & Passion Fruit.

product news: New water category gets Actiph

Actiph Water is making claim to the launch of the first alkaline ionised bottled water in the UK. The new product focuses on balance and hydration, and has been through a three-stage process which includes purifying spring water, adding electrolytes and supercharging by ionisation.

product news: Britvic introduces on the go Purdey's can

Britvic is set to extend its range for multivitamin drink brand, Purdey’s, with the launch of a 250ml can format.

product news: Grace Foods launches slim can Coconut Water

Caribbean food and drink supplier Grace Foods UK has launched a new slim can Coconut Water range.

product news: Schweppes makes major investment

The mixer brand Schweppes has announced what it describes as its biggest GB investment in more than 200 years.

product news: Strathmore water increases athletics involvement

Strathmore water has been announced as the national supplier of bottled water for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018. 

product news: Monster Energy teams up with Assassin's Creed

Monster Energy is teaming up with Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, to launch an on-pack promotion offering fans exclusive in-game content and special prizes.

product news: Britvic launches £2m J₂O campaign

J₂O is giving shoppers the chance to win glittering prizes this Christmas with a multisensory, festive quiz to challenge friends and family.

product news: Nurishment recruits Sturridge as brand ambassador

Liverpool and England footballer, Daniel Sturridge, is teaming up with Nurishment, the nutritionally enriched milk drink, as its first brand ambassador.

product news: Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats adds to range

Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats has announced a new addition to its growing chocolate spread range - Galaxy Spread - available now in a 200g jar with an RRP of £2.

product news: on-pack promotion on Diet Coke

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled Diet Coke’s latest on-pack promotion and stand-out limited edition designs, offering consumers the chance to win £5,000 every day.

product news: Delamere Dairies unveils Nutty Drinks

Delamere Dairies is launching Nutty Drinks, a range of nut-based drinks with added fruit and vegetables that offer customers ‘on the go’ refreshment that’s delicious and healthy.

product news: Fanta reveals Halloween plans

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is planning its biggest Halloween campaign from Fanta, including exclusively designed packaging, smaller 150ml can multipacks and an advertising and experiential marketing campaign.

product news: Vimto teams up with Millions

Soft drink brand Vimto is teaming up with Millions, the tiny chewy sweets, to create Vimto Millions.

product news: Pomegreat launches new recipe

Pomegreat pomegranate juice drink, now part of Wonderful Brands, is launching a new recipe with added vitamins and no added sugar to meet this consumer demand for healthier, low sugar options.

product news: Juiceburst adds new variants

Juiceburst has added two new variants to its range of ‘Schools Approved’ juice drinks: Sour Cherry and Strawberry & Apple.

product news: Coldpress launches juice with "zing"

Coldpress juices is about to launch its latest low calorie fruit and veg mix, which aims to complement customers’ snacks.

product news: Rubicon celebrates Diwali

AG Barr is encouraging wholesalers and retailers to make the most of the Diwali opportunity by stocking up on special celebration packs of Rubicon.

product news: Lucozade Sport launches new flavour

Lucozade Sport is launching a new flavour, Lucozade Sport Lemon & Lime, offered exclusively to wholesale. Available now, the flavour comes in 500ml £1 price-marked packs.

The no/low sugar push

Sugar or rather the drive to remove it may be front of mind with soft drinks' manufacturers, but they've a long way to go to convince some consumers that low or no sugar is what they want.

Packing a punch

Everyone knows that energy drinks are a big seller in forecourt stores but is your store getting all the sales it can? Red Bull is keen to help retailers get the basics right and maximise sales and, to this end, has identified four key things needed to achieve a sale. These Category Foundations are: range, fixture, price and promotion. Rich Fisher, category development manager at Red Bull UK, says retailers need to ensure they have the right range, to generate the most sales. "Within energy, sizes are driving category growth, with core lines continuing to contribute significantly to share," he explains.

In full flow

Not a week seems to go by without another soft drink being launched onto the market as manufacturers are keen to cash in on the latest trends.

Sugar's beat

You can't talk about soft drinks at the moment without mentioning the sugar levy, which was announced in March's Budget. In his speech, Chancellor George Osborne announced the new tax as the "right thing for the next generation". He said it would not come into force until 2018 to give companies time to make changes to their ranges and there would be two bands covering drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and more than 8g sugar per 100ml. It is expected the levy will add 18p per litre and 24p per litre respectively.

Positive energy

It seems that Red Bull really does have wings. Last year, the brand grew at a rate of 5.7%, while the sports and energy category remained flat at 0.4% (IRI data), but even that latter figure was ahead of the total soft drinks category. And growth in the forecourt sector was better. According to IRI, sales of sports and energy drinks were up 2% in forecourts last year and Red Bull's sales through this sector were up 5.8%.

On the go

Two-thirds of on-the-go soft drinks sales occur between March and October so it's a crucial time for the category. And although it's obviously too early to comment on this year's sales, Britvic reports a couple of good years last year its sales of on-the-go drinks were up 14%. And forecourts are doing well too. Indeed IRI total forecourts value data to August 2 (MAT versus last year) has sales of on-the-go drinks up 11.6%.

Drinking up

While sales of tea and instant coffee dropped by 2.2% and 3.5% respectively last year, soft drinks sales through grocery and convenience outlets actually grew by 0.4%. However, if you drill down further, you find that the convenience sector experienced stronger value growth in 2014 (+2.8%) than the grocery multiples (-0.4). That 0.4% overall growth might not sound like much, but when you consider soft drinks is a multi-billion pound category, that 0.4% adds up to quite a sum. In all, according to Britvic Soft Drinks Review, UK consumers spent £11.8bn, on soft drinks last year, £7.6bn of which was through the grocery and convenience sectors.

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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands124.34132.31121.54
North East123.94133.63121.07
North West124.1658.50132.51121.18
Northern Ireland123.4169.90128.40120.85
South East125.1561.40132.52122.48
South West124.73130.24121.91
West Midlands123.7465.23132.27121.20
Yorkshire & Humber123.9161.90132.74121.12

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