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Britvic shows The Coca-Cola Co how to reset

As The Coca-Cola Co struggles against profit falls and investor insurrection, there has been talk that the company is in need of a “reset”....

Beer, soft drinks to stay separate - SABMiller CEO

SABMiller's CEO has said the company will continue to operate soft drinks separate to beer, despite its new tie-up with The Coca-Cola Co....

ISFAR Critique 152

It has long been known that genetic and other environmental factors modify the association between alcohol consumption and a variety of dise...

Britvic CEO heralds 2015 as "year of innovation"

Britvic's CEO has said that the company's Robinsons brand will be a “big focus” for next year as it ramps up innovations across a number of...

Analysis - SABMiller, the soft drinks company 28 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

It's not like we weren't warned. After all, it was only two weeks ago that SABMiller's CEO lauded the potential for soft drinks in emerging markets.

just the Facts - SABMiller, Coca-Cola Co, Coca-Cola Sabco form Coca-Cola Beverages Africa 28 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

Yesterday, SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Co and Gutsche Family Investments – the owner of Coca-Cola Sabco - announced their intention to combine their bottling operations in east and southern Africa. Here, we take a look at the finer detail of the arrangement.

Round-Up - The ICAP Digest - November 2014 26 Nov 2014

The ICAP editorial team

Once a month, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what's going on in-market to promote a responsible role for alcohol in society.

Focus - Britvic's FY Performance by Region 26 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

Earlier today, Britvic posted a rise in sales and profits in its full-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by region.

Analysis - Can Coca-Cola fuel SABMiller's soft drinks story? 25 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

In a meeting with journalists earlier this month, SABMiller CEO Alan Clark happily chatted about his soft drinks plans.

Analysis - MillerCoors to stay clear of craft but could it turn over new leaf? 25 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

This month, my just-drinks colleague James Wilmore took on the question of why MillerCoors has yet to join in the rush to snap up the US's best-performing craft brewers.

Research in Focus - Vodka Brands Look to Rediscover their Mojo 25 Nov 2014

Ben Cooper

After decades of rampaging growth, the vodka sector has more recently been enduring the unfamiliar experience of feeling a little left behind.

Research in Focus - Onwards and Upwards for the Premium Spirits Market 25 Nov 2014


The story of the next five years for spirits is the expected universal and significant trading-up and premiumisation, according to the recently-released IWSR Forecast Report 2014 – 2019.

Round-Up - NPD: Is “Craft” the Next Big Thing for Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices? 24 Nov 2014

Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director at Datamonitor

The success of craft beer may be one of the biggest success stories in packaged beverages in the last 50 years. Craft beer currently accounts for over 14% of the overall beer market in the US and craft beer production nearly doubled between 2011 and 2014, according to the country's Brewers Association.

Analysis - Why Chinese beverage brands won't conquer the world 21 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

China may be the world's second biggest economy but, when it comes to global brand-building, the country lags most top nations.

just Five Years Ago - The Birth of Accolade Wines 21 Nov 2014

James Wilmore

Five years ago this month, Constellation Brands spoke publicly about its plans for its Australian wine business.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 151: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Results from Multiple Maternal Factors during Pregnancy 21 Nov 2014

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

Excessive maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy (especially among women with alcohol dependency) is known to markedly increase the risk of the foetus showing a group of developmental disorders defined as foetal alcohol spectrum syndrome (FASD), with the most serious form being foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).

Analysis - Coca-Cola Co pressure builds as takeover rumours swirl 19 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co pocketed US$2.1bn in profits in its most recent quarter, but that hasn't stopped the soft drinks giant facing pressure from disgruntled shareholders this month, as well as fresh rumours of a possible takeover bid.

Research in Focus - Fading Recovery, Fresh Downside Risks and Hidden Potential 19 Nov 2014

Euromonitor International

Fresh geopolitical, macroeconomic and legislative headwinds are hitting emerging markets once hailed as the engine securing the global alcoholic drinks industry’s relative resilience. At the same time, western markets are battling lingering maturity while going through a transformational stage in terms of shifting drinking patterns, innovation initiatives and opportunities presented by the millennial generation coming of age. Euromonitor's senior alcoholic drinks analyst, Spiros Malandrakis, deconstructs the industry’s key regional narratives, highlighting key learning’s from across the globe.

just the Facts - Krombacher 18 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

Last month, just-drinks met Oliver Braun, the export and international sales director for Krombacher. Here's a closer look at the German brewer.

just the Facts - Australian wine in China 18 Nov 2014

James Wilmore

Yesterday it emerged that China is to drop duty on imports of Australian wine after the two countries signed a new free trade agreement. Here is a quick breakdown of how Australian wine fares in China:

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 150: The Relation of Alcohol Consumption to the Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease 17 Nov 2014

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

A recent meta-analysis was produced by authors who, in the past, have tended to argue that the demonstrated inverse association between moderate alcohol consumption and ischemic heart disease (IHD) shown in most studies is due to confounding by other lifestyle factors.

Analysis – SABMiller faces Colombia challenge 14 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

With markets as varied as SABMiller's, there's always going to be a few bad eggs in quarterly results. Yesterday's first-half statement was no different, with China and Australia marked out as the problem pupils. Latin America, in contrast, behaved impeccably with the region boosting sales by 4% and EBITDA by a healthy 7%.

just On Call - SABMiller putting weight behind soft drinks - CEO 13 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

The head of SABMiller has said the company has upped its focus on soft drinks in emerging markets in a bid to mirror beer's growth in the same regions.

Focus - SABMiller's H1 Performance by Region 13 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

Today, SABMiller reported a 15% rise in first-half profits but warned of challenges ahead. Here just-drinks takes a closer look at the numbers:

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