November 12, 2007
just-drinks.com editor's weekly highlights
My first week back after a few days recharging was, as expected, a fairly rammed one. Not only were there a stack of emails to plough through (always a killer after a holiday), but there was also the small matter of yet more third-quarter results to deal with.
The brewers continued to suffer from the lousy summer we had here in Western Europe this year, with both Molson Coors and InBev trotting out the 'unseasonal summer' chestnut. Carlsberg bucked the trend for brewers, however, posting healthy growth across the board.
As for the soft drinks contingent, it was a week of restructuring and strategic tinkering. PepsiCo announced it was to reorganise its global business structure and had a hand in a Ukrainian juice purchase. Cadbury Schweppes added to its water portfolio in the US whilst Coca-Cola Femsa sealed its joint purchase with The Coca-Cola Company of the, Mexican juice group Jugos del Valle.
We got a bit spirits-heavy on the features front meanwhile. First up was an interview with the chief of Central European Distribution Corporation, Bill Carey. The company might not have the most dynamic name in the world, but there's no denying that, as Poland's number one vodka producer, CEDC has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.
Meanwhile, the release of our review of the world's brandy and Cognac markets gave us an excuse to train our magnifying glass on the Cognac sector, specifically, what the future holds for the French spirit.
And speaking of French spirit, this weekly newsletter comes to you from the southern region of Armagnac. That's right, only one week back, and I'm already ligging – which is journalist-speak for learning more about a drinks sector, whilst being plied with enough of the spirit to pickle even the most hardened hack.
Naturally, as usual, I wish you were here.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
Having seen a healthy 7.2% rise in shipments in 2006, the global Cognac market is set for continued growth over the coming four years, according to a new report from just-drinks, with continued progress in key major markets such as the UK, the US and China and an increasing contribution from new and emerging markets such as South Africa and Mexico. Ben Cooper reports.
In this month's briefing we examine the development of online grocery shopping. We look specifically at the growing online wine market, and examine both the activities of major grocery chains and specialist drinks retailers in the online sector. As would be expected from a sector expanding from a small base, the online food and beverage market is showing strong year-on-year growth. We provide an overview of the key facilitators for this growth, and include chapters on innovation and development, the marketing of wine online and the importance of an online presence. Market share by retailer for the online grocery sector is also provided along with company profiles for Tesco, Sainsbury's, Ocado/Waitrose, Asda, Majestic Wine, Oddbins/Nicolas and Wine Cellar.
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