February 18, 2008
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The battalions of drinks industry critics have lined up their slings and arrows again, and this time they have the bottled water industry in their sights.
Following on from attacks in the US last year for “environmentally damaging” business practices, the UK is the latest battlefield, with government ministers criticising the water industry for what they believe to be a “daft” supply chain. Why ship water from all around the world – indeed, from some places where water supply domestically is an issue – to a country like our own, which, believe me, has enough water to not only satiate but saturate demand?
The question is directed to the very core of the global water industry and, considering the lucrativity (is that a word? It is now) of the sector, it’s also a question that demands the most comprehensive of answers, because the man in the (wet) street of the UK is yet to grasp the counter-argument.
We’ll hopefully be talking to a representative of the UK bottled water industry at some point this week, to find out how companies are going to handle this crucial question.
Meanwhile, on the site last week, we considered the effect of Diageo’s withdrawal from the Absolut race, as well as considering how sports drinks can exploit greater health awareness among consumers.
And, if you’re pushed for time, take a look here for a round-up of what kept our presses hot in the last week.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
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In acquiring 50%-ownership and global distribution rights to premium vodka brand Ketel One Diageo confirmed its withdrawal from the auction for Absolut. Moreover, writes Ben Cooper, the move for Ketel One suggests the global market leader plans to give whichever company eventually wins Absolut a true run for its money in the premium vodka category.
The current issues affecting the Port industry are rooted in the success of the past. As consumers moved across from sectors like Sherry and vermouth in the 1990s, the market for Port expanded - and production had to follow suit. This month we analyse Port's current performance in its key international markets and include comment from Paul Symington, joint managing director of Symington Family Estates,and Adrian Bridge, managing director The Fladgate Partnership. We also include an overview of the companies in the sector,and take a look at production, with a focus on the growers and vineyards. In the final chapter with discuss the beneficio and the issues with table wine.
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