Beverage Industry Insights

This week in beer and cider

This week in beer and cider

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global beer & cider categories. We also have similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled...

This week in soft drinks & bottled water

This week in soft drinks & bottled water

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer &...

The week in spirits & wine

This week in spirits & wine

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drin...

Britvic will roll out its US Fruit Shoot multi-packs next year

Britvic hits make-or-break time for US Fruit Shoot

Britvic's Fruit Shoot adventures in the US have long interested analysts....

Mahou San Miguel is a result of Mahou's purchase of the Spanish San Miguel company in 2000

Mahou San Miguel - just the Facts

just-drinks is in Madrid today as a guest of Mahou San Miguel. Here's a look at how the company has grown to become Spain's beer market lead...

Remy Cointreau reported its H1 results yesterday

A game of two halves for Remy Cointreau - Analysis

Whether you're a brewer, a distiller or a winemaker, the watchword for results announcements this season is: strategic plan....

Britvic's FY Performance by Region - Focus 25 Nov 15

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 performance by category and region in the 52-weeks to 27 September. 

Alcohol's association with breast cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 174 25 Nov 15

Most observational epidemiologic studies have shown a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer for women who consume alcohol; the degree of increase is usually small for light-to-moderate drinkers (between 5% and 15% increase for consumers of no more than one drink/day), but the risk may be higher for women consuming greater amounts of alcohol.

Thought Leaders

Drinks Industry News

UK soft drinks shoulder lion's share of sugar cut

Andy Morton | 27 Nov 15 Soft drinks have dropped back on the list of leading sugar suppliers to UK diets

The soft drinks industry has cut its share of sugar in UK diets by more than one-tenth in the past four years as other food-and-beverage shares increased, new figures have shown.

India's Bihar state readies alcohol ban

Olly Wehring | 27 Nov 15

Bihar is the latest state in India that will ban the consumption of alcohol, fulfilling an election pledge by the state's Chief Minister.

Brown-Forman's Middle East head to retire

Andy Morton | 26 Nov 15 McIver has been with Brown-Forman for 20 years

Brown-Forman's long-serving Middle East head is to retire after 20 years with the company.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:27pm 27 Nov 2015)

Groupe Danone to sink GBP2m into Volvic range

Bacardi's Aberfeldy 16 Year Old - NPD

US Bartenders said to drive Italian spirits surge

New generation of consumers to drive China growth

Slush Puppie launches edible bubble drink

Stevia cleared for use in India

Remy Cointreau sees H1 sales, profits rise

Chase Distillery's Sloe and Mulberry Gin - NPD

Beverage Industry Interviews

How to turn a domestic spirit into a global brand - Interview, Montenegro Group CEO Marco Ferrari 26 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Last year, Marco Ferrari left his post as CMO of SPI Group to lead Italian spirits and aperitif maker Montenegro Group. just-drinks spoke to him at the TFWA exhibition in Cannes in October to find out what it is like to go from managing a global brand such as Stolichnaya to a company with strong domestic brands and a global outlook. Ferrari also spoke about his ambitions for Amaro Montenegro, a herbal liqueur that is finding traction in the US.

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.

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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