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DPSG targets sparkling water with Peñafiel ramp-up

Dr Pepper Snapple Group's CEO has said that growing sparkling water trends are “here to stay” as the company expands Mexican brand Peñafiel...

Preview: Tax Free World Association Exhibition '14

There should be a celebratory atmosphere in Cannes when this year’s TFWA World Exhibition kicks off on Sunday (26 October). After all, it’s...

Time for Heineken to make a European break

While Netherlands-based Heineken has been busy snapping up assets in the likes of Latin America and Asia-Pacific in recent years, the compan...

Coca-Cola FEMSA cuts 1,300 jobs as soda tax bites

Coca-Cola FEMSA has had to cut around 1,300 jobs as its copes with Mexico's new soda tax, but volumes are not being as badly affected as pre...

just the Facts - Top Ten Wine Brands in UK 24 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Here, courtesy of Nielsen, is a list of the top ten wine brands in the UK off-trade for the year to 11 October.

Focus - Pernod Ricard's Q1 sales by brand 23 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Earlier today, Pernod Ricard announced a 1% rise in sales in the three months to the end of September. Here's a look at the performance of the company's 14 major Champagne and spirits brands in the quarter.

just on Call - Heineken to stay "active player" in beer M&A - CFO 22 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

Heineken will remain an “active player” in seeking acquisitions, despite having fended off an approach itself from SABMiller, according to the Dutch brewer's CFO.

Focus - Heineken's Q3 Performance by Region 22 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Earlier today, Heineken reported a 1.7% decrease in Q3 sales. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's performance by region in the three months to the end of September

just On Call - Coca-Cola Co ready for the "new normal" - CEO 21 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co is facing the “new normal” as global consumers confront mounting concerns over issues such as disease and economic uncertainty, according to the company's CEO.

Focus - Coca-Cola Co's YTD & Q3 Performance by Region 21 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

Earlier today, The Coca-Cola Co reported a drop in year-to-date profits and sales. Here, just-drinks takes a look at how each region has performed for the soft drinks group:

Research in Focus - Will Coca-Cola Life and Pepsi True Damage Perceptions of Stevia? 21 Oct 2014

Jonas Feliciano at Euromonitor International

Amidst the much-publicised decline of both regular and reduced sugar carbonates, The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo have confirmed plans to launch stevia-based cola carbonates (Coca Cola Life and Pepsi True) in the US.

Analysis - Remy Cointreau and the "dead-cat bounce" 20 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

An analyst has said that Cognac is headed for a “dead-cat bounce” in the next six months as the current downward trends reverse into a slight upward blip.

just The Preview - The Coca-Cola Co's Q3 & YTD 20 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co will report its year-to-date results tomorrow. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the company's highs and lows in the three months to the end of September:

Analysis - Diageo's future brighter than present suggests 16 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Diageo may feel comfortable with this morning's Q1 update, but many observers expressed alarm at the extent of the dip in sales. That said, analysts appear united in their longer-term optimism for the company.

Focus - Diageo's Q1 Results by Region 16 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Earlier today, Diageo issued a Q1 trading update that showed a 1.5% slip in sales on a 3.% fall in volumes. Here, just-drinks, takes a look at the figures for each of the group's regions.

Focus - Remy Cointreau's H1 Performance by Brand 16 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

Remy Cointreau today reported a drop in first-half sales after another weak showing in China. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by brand in the six months to the end of September.

Analysis - SABMiller's troubles reignite M&A rumour mill 15 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

SABMiller's weak half-year numbers have inevitably led to renewed speculation around possible M&A activity.

Research in Focus - Race to Innovate Blurs Drinks Category Lines 15 Oct 2014

Sophia Holliday, global innovations & trend consultant at The IWSR

The increasingly fast-paced rise and fall of trends is having a major impact on the global drinks market. Consumers have begun not only to expect, but also demand, the continued innovation of categories and products, according to the IWSR’s Global Trends Report 2014.

Focus - SABMiller's H1 sales, volumes by region 14 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

Earlier today, SABMiller reported a 5% rise in first-half sales, while its total volumes in the period were up by 1%. Here just-drinks takes closer look at the numbers:

Research in Focus - Liquid Water Enhancers: Unclear Positioning Causes Challenge for Manufacturers 14 Oct 2014

Michael Hughes, lead analyst at Canadean

Following its successful emergence in the US beverage market as a result of high levels of investment from major companies such as Kraft and The Coca-Cola Co, the liquid water enhancer category has been introduced in the UK.

Analysis - PepsiCo's beverages tell their own tale 10 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

Journalists love a good narrative; a super-imposed story arc that gives the reader invaluable context and meaning.

Focus - Five Steps for Success in Social Media Advertising 10 Oct 2014

Kim Giroux at ZOG Digital

Advertising on social media is both an effective and cost-controlled way for the drinks industry to grow brand awareness and increase sales.

Analysis - Stevia storms ahead as PureCircle is primed 9 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

With the high-profile launches of Coca-Cola Life and Pepsi True, the natural sweetener stevia is once again under the spotlight.

just On Call - PepsiCo playing waiting game in Russia - CEO 9 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has said the company is “watching and waiting” in Russia as it deals with political tensions and a devalued rouble.

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