Beverage Industry Insights

Britvic released its FY results today

Britvic's FY Performance by Region - Focus

Today, Britvic posted a 3% dip in sales in its full-year results as profits rose. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's per...

The latest critique from the ISFAR looks at recent research into the link between alcohol consumption and the development of breast cancer

Alcohol's association with breast cancer - ISFAR

Most observational epidemiologic studies have shown a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer for women who consume alcohol; the degree...

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...

Constellation Brands and Ballast Point "sticker shock" - analysis 17 Nov 15

Constellation Brands' beer ambitions took a giant leap forward in 2012 when it secured the US rights to Grupo Modelo's brands. Yesterday, it took another big stride with the US$1bn acquisition of craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Can Romania step up to the world wine stage? - analysis 17 Nov 15

The Romanian wine industry is at the start of its own revolution. Families who previously struggled to get their properties back following Communist-era ownership are recovering, and funds from the European Union, given in 2009 for the replanting of vines, are starting to bear fruit. The industry, which stands at 243,000 hectares at the last count, is now in a position to move forward.

Thought Leaders

Drinks Industry News

Sazerac sues Brown-Forman over Tennessee Fire

Lucy Britner | 25 Nov 15

Brown-Forman has said it will "vigorously" contest a lawsuit issued by Sazerac over advertising practices for Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire.

Craft, imports near 50% share in US on-trade

Andy Morton | 25 Nov 15

Craft and imported beers continue to take volume share from regular and light in the US on-trade and are quickly moving towards accounting for half of the market, new figures show.

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. 

Recent News - (Updated: 4:57pm 25 Nov 2015)

Coca-Cola Co's science chief retires

Britvic's full-sugar cull hits Robinsons sales

Captain Morgan distillation trial queried by USVI

Britvic banks on innovation to beat consumer blues

Distell teams up with Terlato in US spirits JV

Britvic targets 2016 Brazilian bounce

Beam Suntory's Laphroaig Brodir - NPD

New Zealand propels premium wine sales in UK

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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