April 21, 2008
just-drinks.com editor's weekly highlights
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Last week had quite a Scottish slant on it for yours truly.
On Monday (14 April), I headed on up to Glasgow for the World Whiskies Conference. This annual, two-day event has become quite a fixture on the just-drinks calendar, and this year’s proved to be the best yet. Tuesday morning’s first session alone proved worthy of the entrance fee, with Diageo’s CEO, Paul Walsh, and UB Group’s chairman, Vijay Mallya, both taking to the stage.
Colourful characters both, the two men had a great deal of interest to say, the majority of which you can find here. Drop in an exclusive one-to-one with the head of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Tom Flocco, and you get a wealth of column inches on just-drinks last week.
On the Wednesday, I flew over to Islay for a look at Laphroaig’s operations on the Scottish island. Keep your eyes peeled, then, for some A1 footage of how to cut peat, coming soon.
To check out these, and all the other top stories last week, click here.
Meanwhile, I need to get over my jetlag.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
How is the wine and spirits market performing globally? What are the growth opportunities in the BRIC economies?
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The drinks market in the Middle East continues to increase on the back of population growth, economic development, improvements in distribution and retail, and more aggressive advertising campaigns. But like much of the rest of the world, younger and better educated market segments within the region are shifting away from carbonated soft drinks (CSD) towards fruit juices and bottled water as people become increasingly health-conscious, according to independent industry analysts and the drinks sector. This month's briefing takes a look at the Middle Eastern beverage market, with chapters focusing on United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
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