August 18, 2008
just-drinks.com editor's weekly highlights
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Top story on just-drinks last week was the announcement of a 'merger' in the US drinks distribution sector. The creation of a new national distribution venture between Southern Wine & Spirits of America and Glazer's Distributors acts as a sign that the consolidation wave will spare no sectors of our industry. While some observers voiced concerns of a possible monopoly in US distribution, we managed to grab an exclusive chat with Southern's president and COO, Wayne Chaplin, who played down those fears.
Whether the move is good or bad, the main point is that consolidation is here to stay. Already this year, we've seen Scottish & Newcastle broken up between Carlsberg and Heineken, Vin & Sprit snapped up by Pernod Ricard and InBev swooping for Anheuser-Busch. Feel free to argue all you wish – indeed, we positively encourage it here at just-drinks – but it doesn't look like the consolidation train will come off the rails any time soon.
Elsewhere on the site last week, we saw InBev proclaim itself “far from satisfied” with its performance so far this year, while Diageo stood up to the wrath of Ireland's barley farmers.
Quiet it may be this August, but colourful it all remains. A lot like some of your press releases, which continue to jolly us along. Do, please, keep them coming.
Despite next to no sunshine in the UK last week, however, I'm getting a lovely tan, basking in the glory of a namecheck in The Times. It would appear I have arrived, people – finally.
At least, that's what my father believes.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
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Yesterday's announcement that Southern Wine & Spirits of America is to merge with Glazer's Distributors in the US signifies the spread of consolidation throughout the drinks industry. In this month's 'just the answer', Olly Wehring talks to Southern's president & COO - and soon to be CEO of the new venture - Wayne Chaplin.
This month, we are offering our subscribers the opportunity to sample another of just-drinks market research reports: the 2007 edition of The international spirits market in China forecasts to 2012. This takes the place of a management briefing - we hope you find it interesting and informative. If you like what you read and would like to find out more about just-drinks' latest reports, feel free to drop Holly an email at email@example.com.
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