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Coca-Cola Life US launch fails to ignite

The Coca-Cola Co's stevia-based Coca-Cola Life has been with us for more than a year now, with launches in South America and Europe. But rec...

The decline of Russia's beer market

Five years ago, Heineken announced it was cutting 140 jobs in Russia, with the suspension of brewing at one of its sites. The news came just...

Will low-alcohol wines wither on the vine?

Why have lower-alcohol wine brands struggled to establish themselves? And, what regions offer the biggest potential for growth for the segme...

just The Preview - Constellation Brands' Q2 & H1

Constellation Brands is due to report its first-half numbers on Thursday (2 October). Here, just-drinks examines how the US-based beer, wine...

Research in Focus - NPD in Alcoholic Drinks: Themes, Examples and Glimpses of the Future 1 Oct 2014

Euromonitor International

New product developments are evolving and gaining prominence in an era of fierce competition for share of throat and wallet, against the backdrop of a rapidly depleting acquisition pool. Identifying the key themes driving innovation, realising their cross-category relevance and moving beyond trade taboos and stereotypes is essential for securing success as the ripple effects of the recession and fresh emerging-market volatility are transforming drinking habits and rituals.

Sustainability in Drinks - Scoring Points 30 Sep 2014

Ben Cooper

This month, Ben Cooper considers the need for healthy competition among drinks companies when it comes to driving industry-wide sustainability.

just On Call - Private-equity bids "over", says Treasury Wine Estates CEO 29 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

The head of Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), which announced earlier today the end of takeover talks with two private-equity groups, has said he doesn't expect the bidders to return to the negotiating table.

Round-Up - NPD: Craft Cocktail Revolution Spurs At-Home Innovation 25 Sep 2014

Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director at Datamonitor

The craft cocktail trend that has been percolating in pubs, bars and restaurants worldwide is finally coming home. Craft cocktails are making house calls today, thanks to a fresh generation of innovative mixers that help consumers create new mixed drinks at home.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 148: Alcohol and Liver Cancer 24 Sep 2014

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

Hepatic cirrhosis frequently precedes the development of liver cancer, and excessive alcohol consumption is known to be one cause of cirrhosis.

Research in Focus - How Can 100% Juice Stay Strong in the Gulf States? 23 Sep 2014

Euromonitor International

Last year, the Middle East and Africa (MENA) accounted for just 8% of total juice volumes. Yet, this unremarkable position in the global juice category belies a very strong regional growth story, with high single-digit growth in the region’s most important national markets.

Analysis - Whisk(e)y wins US battle with vodka, but for how long? 19 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

The whisk(e)y category in the US – particularly Bourbon - has been stealing a significant march on vodka in recent months, but can this be sustained?

Focus - Government, Industry want Minimum Alcohol Pricing in Scotland 16 Sep 2014


Although the Scottish Government's initiative to put a minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol has been referred to the European Court of Justice, some members of Scotland's alcohol industry are backing the initiative to tackle alcohol harm in the country.

Analysis - Irish whiskey eyes a slice of Scotch's global pie 15 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

We've had a reminder this month of the high levels of investment being ploughed into the renaissance of Irish whiskey by emerging players.

Analysis - SABMiller spurned by Heineken: The start of the endgame? 15 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

To many observers, the endgame for 'Mega Merger' began today. With SABMiller being outed for approaching Heineken about a takeover, the overwhelming feeling among analysts is that, with Heineken pooh-poohing SAB's overtures, Anheuser-Busch InBev has started the engines on its plan to buy the world's second largest brewer.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 147: Association of Alcohol Intake with Different Types of Breast Cancer 11 Sep 2014

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

The study concerned is based on a large number of women participating in a clinical trial (enhanced screening for certain cancers versus routine care) focusing on prostate, lung, colorectal, and ovarian cancer.

Analysis - Will Remy Cointreau come off worse in China Cognac recovery? 9 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

China remains a source of much concern for high-end spirits producers, none more so than Remy Cointreau.

Analysis - Will Coca-Cola Life be Short-Lived? 8 Sep 2014

Stuart Whitwell at Intangible Business

This month sees The Coca-Cola Co introduce Coca-Cola Life, a new variant of its namesake CSD brand in the UK. Stuart Whitwell from Intangible Business considers the chances of success for the extension.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 146: Alcohol and the Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm 4 Sep 2014

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

The large majority of prospective epidemiologic studies on the effects of alcohol consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke have shown a significant reduction in risk for moderate drinkers.

Analysis - No shopping spree for Pernod Ricard 3 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

It looks like the days of transformational acquisitions are behind Pernod Ricard. These days, the company is keener to maintain its investment grade rating than embark on a shopping spree.

just On Call - Pernod Ricard believes China potential still “huge” 3 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

Pernod Ricard has quantified its claim that China is showing signs of improvement, but conceded that growth will be driven by the more “affordable” SKUs in its spirits portfolio.

Focus - Pernod Ricard's Allegro cost-saving programme 1 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

As promised, Pernod Ricard provided further details behind its 'Allegro' cost-saving programme last week. The concept was first given an airing in February this year, and all we were given at the time were two numbers: EUR150m, three years.

Analysis - Allegro: The shape of things to come at Pernod Ricard? 29 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

When a company announces a cost-savings programme, you can guarantee it will get its own headline. When the programme is given a name by the company, the headline gets that little bit louder. But when the company announcing the programme is French, then start polishing those lightbulbs.

just Five Years Ago - Monster Beverage eyes international expansion 28 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Monster Beverage Corp is set to boost its global standing on a significant scale after agreeing a deal with the Coca-Cola Co earlier this month.

Analysis - Brown-Forman's whiskey success adds to Southern Comfort's woes 28 Aug 2014

Andy Morton

Speaking after the release of Brown-Forman's first-quarter results yesterday, CEO Paul Varga was typically upbeat over the performance of fledgling flavoured whiskey Tennessee Fire.

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