June 9, 2008
just-drinks.com editor's weekly highlights
PROMITOR™ is a new range of dietary fibres that deliver health benefits consumers desire, with the great taste they want. PROMITOR™ Dietary Fibre is easy to integrate into your existing formulations – without compromising flavour or texture.
Considering the high number of 'Out of Office' replies we've been getting, it seems many of you were either on holiday or “away on business” last week. I'm plumping for the former, but either way, it's a shame as we had plenty to fill you in on while you've been away.
We started the week with a look at the smaller wine-producing regions of the world, and considered what the future holds for areas like India, Israel and the US Pacific north-west. With premiumisation still the buzz-word of the spirits industry, could there also be a window of opportunity opening up for niche wine producers in mysterious, glamorous locations?
Also on the site last week, we had a closer inspection of the World Health Organization's approach to alcohol. The global drinks industry needs to be inside the tent on this matter, especially with the WHO believing that alcohol abuse is the fifth biggest risk factor for death and disability in the world. If you're not up to speed on this, then get reading.
On the soft drinks front, we reported last week on Dr Pepper Snapple Group's first set of results since its separation from Cadbury Schweppes. The figures looked pretty healthy, despite some brands losing volume. Last month, we pondered the future of the drinks unit – click here to see how precise our forecasts were.
Finally, we highlighted the rapid growth of the curiously-named Central European Distribution Corporation. The US-based company (whose CEO, Bill Carey, talked to just-drinks late last year) has been growing markedly, yet quietly, of late, and its healthy share price must surely be pricking interests in those keen to spend. Post-Vin & Sprit, the spirits industry – widely believed to be nigh-on recession-proof – is a sector that will surely attract companies with money to spend. Are any of you considering CEDC as a stable addition?
Go on, you can tell us.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) may appear something of a misnomer for a company headquartered in the US and listed on the New York Stock Exchange but it is a name attracting considerable attention nonetheless. And it is little wonder.
This month's briefing is the 2008 edition of "The Power 100", published by leading consultancy Intangible Business, which looks at the key issues affecting the wines and spirits industry and identifies the brands which have performed well - and those that have experienced difficulties over the past year. This annual report, into the most powerful spirits and wine brands in the world, takes into account the consumer's perception of brand strength and its financial performance, using a robust methodology. A panel of leading international drinks experts are asked to score each brand on a variety of measures and these scores are combined with hard volume data to create a league table of the most powerful international drinks brands in the world.
We currently deliver just-drinks newsletters to : ##EMAIL##
To change the opt-in emails you receive, modify your address, or be removed completely, please use this link.
© just-drinks.com 2000-2008. All Rights Reserved.