Beverage Industry Insights

Can Australia's wine industry find a solution to its failure to capitalise on its GBP10 to GBP12 offerings?

Aus wine industry pays price for past failures

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to the Australian wine industry, and finds a country struggling with scant opportunities and stru...

Beyonce will star in PepsiCo's half-time show

What's in store for Super Bowl 5 - Focus

Sunday's Super Bowl is fast approaching, which back in the pre-YouTube days meant growing excitement over the TV cast's ads. These days, how...

The latest joint-report from just-drinks and The IWSR, which looks at the Travel Retail channel, is published this week

Will value-sharing in Travel Retail become reality

There is future growth aplenty on offer in the Travel Retail channel, but a new report suggests a reappraisal of the traditional relationshi...

American whiskey was among 2015's star performers, according to DISCUS

Ten things to know about spirits in the US

US spirits trade organisation the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) held its annual spirits briefing in New York yesterday. Here, just-drin...

What does 2016 have in store for the alcohol industry?

Six key trends for alcoholic drinks in 2016

Here, Spiros Malandrakis, alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, shares his forecasts of the trends that will shape the alco...

Islay whisky is booming, says Ian Buxton

What's so special about Islay anyway? - Comment

The news that Hunter Laing & Co has committed GBP8m (US$11.4m) to move from independent bottler to full-blown distiller by building its own,...


What do American whiskey and craft beer have in common? - Analysis 2 Feb 16

A shift towards fuller-flavoured spirits should drive continued growth in imported and craft beer in the US, an analyst has said. 


Diageo gets 2016 off to a strong start - Analysis 29 Jan 16

After a difficult 2015, Diageo has roared into 2016 with a solid set of numbers, analysts have said.

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Drinks Industry News

Cognac sales soar in US - figures

Lucy Britner | 3 Feb 16

Cognac sales and volumes in the US have experienced double-digit growth in 2015, according to data released by the Distilled Industry Spirits Council this week. 


American rye whiskey sales leap 600% in five years

Lucy Britner | 3 Feb 16 Sales of rye whiskey have risen by more than 600% over five years

Rye has shown the highest growth rate among American whiskies, according to figures released this week, thanks to increased consumer interest in classic cocktails and "authenticity".


Moet Hennessy sees China rebound in strong FY

Andy Morton | 3 Feb 16 LVMH has seen its full-year sales and profits rise

LVMH's wines & spirits unit, Moet Hennessy, has posted a healthy leap in full-year profits as sales in China rebounded in the second half of last year.

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William Grant & Sons restructures US team

Casella Family Brands launches Yellow Tail beer

Diageo nears wine exit with Acacia sale to Peju

Craft Brew Alliance FY sales inch up in 2015

Beverage Industry Interviews

How Germany's rock stars help the wine industry - Interview, ProWein head Michael Degan 21 Jan 16

Andy Morton

With just seven weeks left until the start of ProWein, just-drinks sat down with lead organiser Michael Degan to ask what makes the wine and spirits show one of the biggest draws on the alcohol calendar. Along the way, Degan reveals why the show is unlikely to get much bigger, discusses the possibility of adding beer to the mix and why German rock bands know their Riesling from their Spatburgunder.


Craft brings spirits sector full circle - Interview, William Grant & Sons' chief commercial officer, Simon Hunt, Part II 4 Dec 15

Olly Wehring

In the second part of this week's just-drinks interview, William Grant & Sons' chief commercial officer, Simon Hunt, discusses the growing role played by craft spirits, the group's core markets and future targets, and the thinking that allowed The Glenlivet to overtake Glenfiddich as the world's biggest-selling single malt Scotch whisky brand.


How to spot a trend, how to create a trend - Interview, William Grant & Sons' chief commercial officer, Simon Hunt, Part I 2 Dec 15

Olly Wehring

Earlier this year, just-drinks sat down with Simon Hunt, the chief commercial officer at William Grant & Sons, in a restaurant just around the corner from the company's global headquarters in west London. Before looking at the group's footprint, strategy, brands, what-have-you, editor Olly Wehring has one question he is desperate to ask.

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Make way craft, here come the indie brewers

Andy Morton, just-drinks editorial team Andy Morton | 2 Feb 16

Could it happen? According to this report, a section of the beer community wants to ditch the word craft. They prefer instead the term “Indie” for brewers they believe follow the enlightened path of the artisanal producer. In other words, they are sick of the big boys moving into what they consider their hallowed turf.


Kent's dire warning puts Coca-Cola woes in the shade

Andy Morton, just-drinks editorial team Andy Morton | 25 Jan 16

The global elite were in Switzerland last week for the World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual corporate huddle for the rich and powerful. The CEO of The Coca-Cola Co, Muhtar Kent, was there too, despite his company arguably being slightly less rich and powerful this year after some bruising quarters in the marketplace. 


PepsiCo wakes up and smells the latte

Andy Morton, just-drinks editorial team Andy Morton | 20 Jan 16

With The Coca-Cola Co stealing yesterday's limelight with its new united marketing strategy for brand Coke yesterday, a Forbes interview with PepsiCo North America Beverages' new CMO, Seth Kaufman, slipped under the radar.

Beverage Hot Issues

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016

In January, the World Economic Forum released its latest global risks report. just-drinks considers the report, which quantifies and compares the economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks facing businesses around the world.

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 - The winners

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 - The winners

Here is the full list of gold and gold outstanding medals and trophy winners from the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015.

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.

Drinks Market Research

The IWSR Baijiu Report

The IWSR Baijiu Report

Baijiu is the world’s largest spirits category with an estimated 38% share of global spirits consumption, and an even higher share of the ultra-premium market. It is the principal mealtime and ceremonial drink in China and as such commands a near monopoly of the Chinese spirits market with a 99.6% share. This unique report from the IWSR will give you an overview of the baijiu industry and the challenges and opportunities facing the category... Read more

Published: January 2016 - ($2242.39)


Global travel retail insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Published: February 2016 - ($1500.00)


The IWSR Forecast Report 2015-2020 Global Review

Published: October 2015 - ($3712.31)


Emerging Drinks Industry Trends

Published: January 2016 - ($600.00)


The State of Drinks Industry Social Media

Published: October 2015 - ($600.00)


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