Beverage Industry Insights

On average, pubs are open half an hour longer than before the Licensing Act

Whatever happened to binge Britain? - comment

Ten years ago today, when the new Licensing Act came into effect in the UK, I was a cub reporter on licensed-trade newspaper The Morning Adv...

Changing population demographics in the US give beer hope for growth in the coming years

The US beer market - A level playing field for all

In a developed market where the top two players account for over two-thirds of total volumes, smaller players would be forgiven for thinking...

Remy Cointreau will release full details of its Q2 and half-year performances later this week

Remy Cointreau's Q2 and H1 - preview

Remy Cointreau will issue its full first-half results on Thursday (23 July). Last month, in a trading update, the group reported a near-6% f...

The latest ad from Bacardi positions Oakheart Spiced Rum directly against Diageo's Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

The dangers of squaring up to your competitor

Do you remember the Pepsi Taste Challenge? Richard Woodard does, and he sees echoes of it in Bacardi's latest activation for its Oakheart sp...

Ballast Point brews the popular Sculpin IPA

Constellation and Ballast Point's "sticker shock"

Constellation Brands' beer ambitions took a giant leap forward in 2012 when it secured the US rights to Grupo Modelo's brands. Yesterday, it...

Avincis employed an architect to design their winery and visitor centre

Can Romania step up to the world wine stage?

The Romanian wine industry is at the start of its own revolution. Families who previously struggled to get their properties back following C...

Concha y Toro's third-quarter performance - Focus 16 Nov 15

Late last week, Concha y Toro reported year-to-date figures that were boosted by a healthy third quarter. Here, we take a closer look at the company's performance in the period.

Investors jump on Carlsberg stock but where's the growth? - analysis 12 Nov 15

The headlines for Carlsberg after its nine-month results release yesterday were bleak: brewery closures on the cards, 2,000 jobs to go in Europe and China and a financial jump into the red.

Thought Leaders

Drinks Industry News

Sidney Frank CEO to head Clooney's import co

Lucy Britner | 23 Nov 15

The CEO of Sidney Frank Importing is leaving the firm to head up George Clooney's new spirits import company. 

Heineken backs cider to take 5% of US beer

Andy Morton | 23 Nov 15 Heineken wants to invest more in its cider brands

Heineken has said US cider can grow to 5% of the beer market despite a recent slowdown.

Constellation chases US$400m for Ballast Point buy

Andy Morton | 23 Nov 15 Constellation said last week it has agreed to buy Ballast Point

Constellation Brands is to borrow US$400m to help finance its acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Recent News - (Updated: 7:25pm 24 Nov 2015)

Diageo sells off United Spirits' Bouvet Ladubay

Mast-Jaegermeister UK rolls out TV ad

Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale, Orange Cream Ale

Small Town unveils Not Your Father's Ginger Ale

Keurig cuts Kold price for Canada launch

Heaven Hill's Lunazul Double Barrel Reposado

Hiro Sake sets sights on Europe with Italy launch

Heineken lager "back in black" in US

Beverage Industry Interviews

The Lidl effect on the changing off-trade landscape - Interview, Lidl's UK head of beer, wine & spirits, part II 13 Nov 15

Olly Wehring

In part two of this week's just-drinks interview, Ben Hulme, Lidl's head of beer, wines & spirits in the UK, discusses how the company has worked to change its reputation with both its customers and its suppliers, the role that brands have played - and could continue to play - and Minimum Unit Pricing.

The Lidl effect on the changing off-trade landscape - Interview, Lidl's UK head of beer, wine & spirits, part I 10 Nov 15

Olly Wehring

As is often the case when meeting a person widely held to be “one of the most important people in the drinks industry”, Ben Hulme doesn't appear to live up to such superstar perceptions. Since joining Lidl in 2010, Hulme has progressed from its graduate trainee scheme to become the German-headquartered supermarket chain's head of beer, wines & spirits - a position he has held since June.

Digital marketing and the search for "brand warmth" - Interview, co-founder of Nation, Tom Kile-Hartshorn 3 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Two months ago, Tom Kile-Hartshorn's digital marketing agency, Nation, won the right to handle Grolsch's global digital content and social media platforms. 

just-drinks Blog

Are you fodmap-compliant? The latest health fad uncovered

Andy Morton, just-drinks editorial team Andy Morton | 23 Nov 15

Forget gluten-free. Fodmaps are the latest food trend, and if you work in the soft drinks industry it is important to know where you stand with them.

Baileys and the "bellwether of naffness"

Andy Morton, just-drinks editorial team Andy Morton | 18 Nov 15

Companies are very protective of their brand image. So it is refreshing to hear Diageo's Garbhan O’Bric, the global brand director for Baileys, speak the unvarnished truth when talking about the liqueur's recent past.

From pixels to pilsner - how video games are moving into alcohol

Andy Morton, just-drinks editorial team Andy Morton | 26 Oct 15

Alcohol companies love a good movie tie-in. A brush with Hollywood glamour seems to give marketers the warm and fuzzies, judging by the number of deals done over the past few years. The new James Bond movie, for example, has both Heineken and Moët Hennessy's Belvedere vodka on board.

Beverage Hot Issues

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller - The Endgame?

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller - The Endgame?

On 16 September, SABMiller confirmed it had received notification from Anheuser-Busch InBev that a takeover offer could be on its way. Here's the story as it unfolds.

Diageo Capital Markets Day 2015 - Round-Up

Diageo Capital Markets Day 2015 - Round-Up

In November, Diageo hosted its latest Capital Markets Day in New York. Topics covered included the future for Smirnoff, innovations in whisk(e)y, the US and beer in Africa

Tax Free World Association World Exhibition 2015

Tax Free World Association World Exhibition 2015

In October, the Tax Free World Association held its annual World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes, France. Here's a full round-up of just-drinks' coverage of the event.

Cape Wine 2015

Cape Wine 2015

In mid-September, South Africa's wine producers gathered in Cape Town for this year's Cape Wine exhibition and conference. Here's the full round-up of just-drinks coverage from the event.

Drinks Market Research

Global sparkling wine insights - market forecasts, product innovation and c

Global sparkling wine insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research

Based on primary research undertaken for this report, the non-Champagne sparkling wine sector is set for a period of "healthy growth" over the next five years following the category’s slowdown in 2014. This latest joint-report from just-drinks and The IWSR predicts consumption will rise by some 17.5m nine-litre cases over the coming five years to 2018. The forecast increase comes on the back of a fall of 0.9% in 2014 for the segment, to 212m cases. This report will help you and your company by delivering only the most important global strategic business information for the category.. Read more

Published: October 2015 - ($1500.00)

Future growth opportunities for global spirits

Published: September 2015 - ($1500.00)

DuPont Industrial Biosciences in Ingredients (World)

Published: October 2015 - ($572.00)

Global market review of Champagne – forecasts to 2018

Published: August 2014 - ($1790.00)

The State of Drinks Industry Social Media

Published: October 2015 - ($600.00)

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