April 6, 2010
just-drinks.com editor's weekly highlights
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I'm back at the helm, so you can all relax.
After our honeymoon in India (many thanks for all your kind emails), I return to my desk today, if not relaxed (India is many things, but it is not relaxing), then certainly raring to get back on the news hunt.
My thanks also go to deputy editor Chris Mercer for holding the tiller in my absence – and he's had quite a lively two weeks to navigate.
First up last week was proof that the soft drinks sector has emerged a clear consumer goods winner in the recession here in the UK. While consumers have traded down to cheaper spirits, wines and beer, sales of soft drinks rose by 2% in volume and value in the UK last year, according to the latest Britvic Soft Drinks Report, released last week.
Consumers have gravitated towards key well-known brands, such as Pepsi, Irn-Bru, Vimto and Robinsons, while soft drinks have taken share off alcohol in the on-trade market, the report showed.
There was, however, one big loser in soft drinks, and that was the smoothie category, which has seen value sales slide in the economic downturn. Questions need to be asked as to where that category is heading over the longer term.
In other news last week, alcoholic drinks spend fell by 5% in the UK last year, according to the Office of National Statistics.
In beer, a relatively quiet week was punctuated by news that Mexican authorities have cleared Heineken to acquire FEMSA Cerveza.
Now, who'd like to see my tan?
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
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