December 21, 2009
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Well, the lid is nearly on 2009. And, my goodness, what a year it's been. Our industry has had a rollercoaster 12 months, and I'm sure many of you will be looking forward to a soothing break over Christmas and New Year, before we look to hit the ground running in 2010.
Before we all head off, though, we've got a spot of deck-clearing to do here on just-drinks. We've already started running our reviews of the year, with beer and soft drinks and water available for your perusal. Coming up later this week, we'll be looking at the spirits and wine sectors, so keep your eyes peeled.
Before Christmas, we'll also be running through the top ten of this decade's top news stories, in celebration of just-drinks' ten years covering our industry.
Looking to next year, meanwhile, we're really excited about some of the other features we've got lined up for you. Among these, we'll still have regular commentary on the wine sector from the ever-opinionated Chris Losh, while Annette Farr of Soft Drinks International will continue to cast a watchful eye over the soft drinks and water categories. Also joining our regular commentators, we're delighted to welcome Larry Nelson, the editor of Brewer's Guardian, and freelancer and spirits expert Richard Woodard to our team in 2010.
But, hey, that's for next year. For now, may we all here at just-drinks wish our esteemed readers a very merry Christmas and peaceful New Year.
And a prosperous 2010, naturally. Goodness knows, we'll have deserved it.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
It would appear that, beyond the shadow of one major transaction, the soft drinks and water categories had a year of innovation and controversy. A colourful 12 months for the sector, then, as Ben Cooper reports.
There would be little point denying that the poor global economic climate was the major story of 2009 across all drinks sectors. In spirits, US market growth for the major players Diageo and Pernod Ricard had started to slow before 2008 had ended. In wine, we heard that Australian wine exports had fallen in value terms during 2008 for the first time in 15 years; and that US domestic wine sales saw the first annual fall since the last major recession in 1993. In beer, Diageo shelved plans to build a new brewery for its Guinness brand in Ireland, whilst in soft drinks, the story of the year has arguably been the takeover by PepsiCo of its two major bottlers. just-drinks' leading writers round-up a tumultuous year in this month's briefing.
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