Beverage Industry Insights

Whisper it, but WTO tariffs could benefit the UK's soft drinks industry

The soft drinks opportunity from a hard Brexit

It's coming up to a year since the UK shocked itself - and Europe - by voting to leave the European Union. Article 50 has now been triggered...

The likelihood of Constellation Brands being keen on buying Brown-Forman is slim, argues just-drinks editor Olly Wehring

Brown-Forman keeps it in the family

Has someone got their cheeky hat on, or has Constellation Brands got a bit too big for its boots? Yesterday’s reports linking Constellation...

Do large volume sales make your brand dreadful?

Why craft owes much to multinational brands

In wanting to trumpet their credentials, craft spirits brands still owe much to the bigger, more-established brands in the segments. Richard...

Every month, the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking looks at responsible drinking measures around the world

Responsible drinking measures around the world

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at...

Wicked Weed Brewing joined Anheuser-Busch InBev earlier this month

Are big brewers buying craft to benefit big beer?

Amid all the furore each time another craft brewer joins the other side, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont explores the strategy behind the...

April's warm snap did nothing to ease the worries of Europe's winegrowers

Can Europe's wine industry weather the weather?

A recent warm spell has thrown wine commentator Chris Losh out of kilter. But, if you think he's got problems, consider what these weather b...


Is the UK not OK? - The just-drinks analyst 10 May 17

This month, our former beverage analyst, Ian Shackleton, is confined to base and has focused his attention on the tough trading outlook in the UK, which is also limiting M&A opportunities. For private beverages companies in the country, however, the outlook looks much rosier.


What does the changing face of socialising mean for drinks brands? – Consumer Trends 9 May 17

Having already revolutionised how we communicate remotely, digital technology is now transforming how we socialise physically, presenting new challenges for the companies that provide the lubrication for social occasions. Ben Cooper considers what the shifting nature of socialising means for drinks brands. 

Thought Leaders


Drinks Industry News

Brown-Forman breaks silence on Constellation talk

Olly Wehring | 25 May 17

Brown-Forman has stated that it "is not for sale", following reports suggesting Constellation Brands is mulling a takeover.


Constellation linked to Brown-Forman move

Olly Wehring | 23 May 17 Brown-Forman is rumoured to have rejected Constellation Brands' overtures

Brown-Forman has declined to comment on reports claiming Constellation Brands has made a takeover move.


Coca-Cola FEMSA steps away from US bottling deal

Lucy Britner | 17 May 17 Coca-Cola FEMSA is the largest public Coca-Cola bottler by volume

Coca-Cola FEMSA has decided not to pursue the acquisition of certain bottler territories in the US market. 

Recent News - (Updated: 11:20am 26 May 2017)

Freixenet Prosecco - NPD

Drink Doctor sees Facebook posts banned in UK 

Bacardi's Major Lazer Limited Edition Rum - NPD

Conviviality sees fiscal-2017 sales soar - results

UPS exec joins Brown-Forman board

Beam Suntory’s Cruzan Tropical Fruit - NPD

Brothers Rhubarb & Custard Cider - NPD

YTD sales stay strong at home and away for Britvic

Beverage Industry Interviews

"Highland Park was a brand that lacked emotion" - Interview, Edrington's Highland Park brand director, Jason Craig 3 May 17

Lucy BritnerJason Craig has been working on the new Highland Park position since May 2015

Last week, Edrington unveiled a new whisky range, new packaging and a new brand position for its Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky brand. The Orkney-based distillery has created a back-story for Highland Park around the islands' Viking heritage. just-drinks sat down with Highland Park brand director Jason Craig at the launch in Denmark to find out more about the thinking behind the re-launch.


"Launching a brand new gin now would be a tough ask" - Interview, Wemyss Malts MD William Wemyss 10 Apr 17

Lucy BritnerWemyss Malts MD William Wemyss with the new Darnley's gin bottle

Late last month, Wemyss Malts announced plans to move its Darnley's gin production to its own, newly-created facility in Scotland. The gin, which launched in 2010, is currently produced at Thames Distillers in London.  At the same time, the firm announced that it has dropped 'View' from the brand name and rolled out fresh packaging as well as a Navy Strength version of its Spiced Gin brand. just-drinks sat down with Wemyss Malts founder and managing director William Wemyss in Edinburgh to find out why being "made in Scotland" is important.


"Do you go and buy Chivas Regal at Lidl? I don't think so" - Interview, Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits' CEO, Jean-Noël Reynaud 5 Apr 17

Andy Morton

In 2013, Belvedere entered administration after falling into debt thanks to its purchase of the Marie Brizard liqueurs brand. Four years later, the French spirits company - renamed Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits - is debt free. What's more, its William Peel Scotch whisky has just become the top-selling spirits brand in France. Couple that with an entry into China and you have a company back on the up. just-drinks spoke to Marie Brizard's CEO since 2014, Jean-Noël Reynaud, about how he has turned the firm around by shunning premiumisation, as well as the benefits of Brexit. We also asked: Whatever happened to Bruce Willis?

just-drinks Blog

The (temporary) return of Paul Walsh to the drinks debate

Andy Morton, just-drinks editorial team Andy Morton | 27 Apr 17

Paul Walsh just can't stay away from the drinks industry.


Budweiser races to stock Mars bars

Lucy Britner, just-drinks editorial team Lucy Britner | 16 Mar 17

For those people looking to the Red Planet as shining utopia away from all things earth, look away now.


When life gives you lemons, make soap

Lucy Britner, just-drinks editorial team Lucy Britner | 9 Feb 17

Bacardi's 42 Below vodka brand has found a novel way to use the lemons left over from cocktail-making: Turn them into liquid soap.

Beverage Hot Issues

Diageo's Capital Markets Day 2017 - Round-up

Diageo's Capital Markets Day 2017 - Round-up

In mid-May, Diageo held its 2017 Capital Markets Day conference. Here is a round-up of just-drinks' content from the event.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Q1 2017 results - Round-up

Anheuser-Busch InBev Q1 2017 results - Round-up

In May, Anheuser-Busch InBev reported its results for the first three months of 2017. Here's a full round-up of just-drinks' coverage of the brewer's numbers.

just-drinks Exclusive Interview - Pernod Ricard CEO, Alex Ricard

just-drinks Exclusive Interview - Pernod Ricard CEO, Alex Ricard

In late-February, just-drinks spent an hour with the head of Pernod Ricard, Alex Ricard. Here's our exclusive, two-part interview.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Full-Year 2016 results - Round-up

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Full-Year 2016 results - Round-up

In February, Dr Pepper Snapple Group released its results for 2016. Here's a full round-up of just-drinks' coverage of the company's 12-month numbers.

Drinks Market Research

Champagne production, markets and companies

Champagne production, markets and companies

The uncertainties and turmoil of 2016 – from a geopolitical, social and even meteorological point of view – have all had their impact on Champagne. And if the region was hoping for a calmer 2017, reports of severe frosts hitting the vineyards as this report went to press in late April will have offered little respite. just-drinks' review of the Champagne sector focuses on production, markets and the brand owners involved. Throughout the report, interviews with key personnel illuminate the review of the production year... Read more

Published: May 2017 - ($1390.00)


Global Scotch Whisky Market 2017-2021

Published: April 2017 - ($3500.00)


Juice in the United Kingdom

Published: April 2017 - ($990.00)


Energy Drinks in the United Kingdom

Published: April 2017 - ($990.00)


Spirit Market in the Top 5 European Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts

Published: February 2017 - ($2019.98)


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