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Focus - Industry split on drink and drive partnership? 22 Oct 2009

Column: Focus

The decision by Pernod Ricard to rejoin the Century Council in the US followed the departure of both Brown-Forman and Jim Beam from NASCAR motor racing sponsorship. As Pernod Ricard’s decision to leave the organisation was linked to the motor racing issue, Ben Cooper finds out whether there was any connection between these events.


Focus - Any Port in a storm for Portuguese wine 13 Oct 2009

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Those who have visited the Douro valley in Portugal will agree that it is a unique place. But scratch beneath the surface of this beautiful region and that uniqueness runs deep. So deep, indeed, that the laws of market forces appear not to apply. Chris Losh takes a look at the beneficio system, and the hornets nest it has stirred up in the Douro.


Focus - A military approach to the drinks industry 12 Oct 2009

Column: Focus

McKinney Rogers UK partner Chris Hart works with global drinks brands to advise on improving market and competitive awareness and internal organisational structure. Here, he relates the top five pieces of advice the military can offer big business.


Focus - On the Rise - Internal executive recruiting 12 Oct 2009

Column: Focus

A well-run organisation has the ability to proactively anticipate and recruit leadership talent in order to meet the strategic goals of the business. The majority of organisations in the developed nations will need to recruit a record number of external leadership candidates in the years to come, due to the aging demographics. Marguerite Granat considers the options for those looking to recruit.


Focus - Back to school opens doors for soft drinks, water 6 Oct 2009

Column: Focus

Children returning to the classrooms this autumn are able to add to their RDA quotas of vitamins and minerals by drinking a range of school-compliant soft drinks. In response to consumer and government concerns about childhood obesity, health and wellness issues there has been a plethora of new beverage developments for the children's market. All the boxes are ticked: high juice content, use of all-natural ingredients, no artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives, and low or zero calories. Annette Farr reports.


Focus - A fight for FEMSA? 2 Oct 2009

Column: Focus

We can all breathe out again now. The economic downturn is over. What do we have as proof? Why, it's a reawakening of the mergers & acquisitions game.


Focus - Alcohol advertising safe in Tory hands 17 Sep 2009

Column: Focus

The call last week by the British Medical Association (BMA) for an outright ban on alcohol advertising appeared to have little support in political circles or the media. Most crucially for the industry, it was rejected out of hand by the Conservative Party. With the Tories a racing certainty to take power in the next General Election, Ben Cooper casts an eye over Conservative thinking on alcohol policy.


Focus – Energy drink shots: A shot bang on target 8 Sep 2009

Column: Focus

There's a new impulse buy opportunity for retailers and an energy/nutrition fix for consumers in the form of a niche, but growing category – the shot. Annette Farr considers the category, and takes a look at the rise in activity in the shot market in recent years.


Focus - Australian drinks industry braced for tighter alcohol policy 20 Aug 2009

Column: Focus

Industry advocates may have branded the recent tax rise for RTDs in Australia a “tax grab masquerading as health policy”, but it has shown the Government’s resolve when it comes to alcohol regulation. And, Ben Cooper writes, as the Government ponders the findings of its Preventative Health Taskforce, the industry may have to steel itself for further policy initiatives.


Focus - Drinks industry growth fuels sustainability row in India 11 Aug 2009

Column: Focus

Indian environmentalists and farmers’ groups are warning major drinks companies that, by transforming the country’s horticulture patterns and changing its existing fruit supply chain, they are playing with fire. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.


Focus - The rising demand for 'natural' soft drinks 28 Jul 2009

Column: Focus

This year, the words 'all-natural' have been appearing on more and more soft drinks labels, a reflection not only of the growing well-being trend, but also a sign that drinks producers are responding to consumers continuing to seek out wholesome, natural goodness, despite the difficult economic times we are living in. Annette Farr looks at the rising tide of natural products offered by the soft drinks industry.


Focus - Sweden puts alcohol in EU policy spotlight 21 Jul 2009

Column: Focus

Sweden assumed the Presidency of the EU at the beginning of this month. With the country’s history of control and high taxation of alcohol, the industry is expecting a tough six months. However, Ben Cooper writes, the Swedish presidency coincides with a hectic period of change for the EU which may reduce Sweden’s scope for moving alcohol policy up the agenda.


Focus - Bottled water producers pray for day in the sun 15 Jul 2009

Column: Focus

Today (15 July) is known as St Swithin's Day in the UK. According to folklore, if it rains on St Swithin's Day it will rain for the next 40 days in succession.* The British are, of course, fixated by weather, as evidenced by last month's heatwave. Whenever temperatures soar and the sun comes out, the nation goes into weather overdrive. “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” wrote Noel Coward, not without some justification. Annette Farr looks at the opportunities open to water companies from the heat of a summer.


Focus - Chinese consumers broaden their soft drinks horizons 14 Jul 2009

Column: Focus

The Chinese soft drinks sector has been showing consistent growth for a number of years, fuelled by broadening consumer tastes. Ray Rowlands of beverage research company Canadean takes a look at a large and rapidly developing soft drinks market.


Focus - Alcohol sales in developed markets hit hardest by downturn 10 Jul 2009

Column: Focus

As drinks companies look desperately for the elusive ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery, Spiros Malandrakis of Euromonitor International examines the varying impact the downturn has had across regional alcoholic drinks markets.


Focus - Time for wine on the internet? 7 Jul 2009

Column: Focus

Late last month, just-drinks reported that, according to the head of Vinexpo, the internet would never become an alternative to traditional sales circuits for wine. Try telling that to the e-commerce sector. Chris Losh considers the potential offered from e-tailing, going forward.


Focus - Baijiu still attractive despite downturn 23 Jun 2009

Column: Focus

Foreign investment has brought valuable marketing nous to China’s rice wine-based spirits category but, Mark Godfrey writes from Beijing, there has so far been little change in the balance of power in the market.


Focus - US soft drinks sector in policy dogfight 18 Jun 2009

Column: Focus

Campaigners are lobbying for the repeal of regulations prohibiting the use of federal funds for public health messages which focus on specific foods or drinks. As the US soft drinks industry campaigns against the introduction of a tax on soft drinks to pay for healthcare reform, it now faces further pressure. Ben Cooper reports.


Focus - UK soft drinks sector puts sustainability centre stage 16 Jun 2009

Column: Focus

Environmental concerns have climbed steadily up the agenda for soft drinks producers in recent years. However, Annette Farr writes, progress has been faster in the UK than in the US.


Focus - Trouble at the top but not a meltdown 9 Jun 2009

Column: Focus

The drinks sector boasts some big-ticket, luxury products, like very old single malts and the most exclusive Bordeaux wines, and some very wealthy, high end consumers to go with them. Chris Losh looks at how this end of the market is faring during the downturn, and to what degree the big spenders are cutting back.


Focus - Massive potential to be tapped in Indian soft drinks market 5 Jun 2009

Column: Focus

Much has been written about the rapidly developing alcoholic drinks market in India. But the potential in the comparatively undeveloped packaged soft drinks market is nothing short of immense. Ray Rowlands of market analysts Canadean looks at current consumption and growth potential across different soft drinks sectors, and asks why international beverage companies are not paying more attention to this sleeping giant.


Focus - Functionals continue to show enhanced performance 19 May 2009

Column: Focus

According to a new report from the British Soft Drinks Association, functional beverages are continuing to outperform all other soft drinks categories. Annette Farr reviews the latest innovations in a vibrant category.


Focus - Champagne looks beyond recession to long-term growth 14 May 2009

Column: Focus

The downturn has not surprisingly caused a dramatic slide in Champagne sales but the Champenois are less perturbed than some might expect, continuing to plan for long-term growth through the expansion of the vineyard area. But Chris Losh wonders whether extending the appellation is really the best way forward.


Focus - US wine producers look for export gain 12 May 2009

Column: Focus

With a depressed home market and a weakened currency, it is little wonder that US wine producers see opportunities to make headway in the UK and Europe, in spite of the soft market conditions. Ben Cooper reports on the US presence at this week’s London International Wine Fair and the conditions facing US wine producers at home.


Focus - Intoxicating prospects for low-alcohol beer 1 May 2009

Column: Focus

Concerns over health and drink-driving are fostering growth in the low- and non-alcohol beer categories. Spiros Malandrakis, drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, assesses the progress and potential of key markets for low- and non-alcohol beers in Europe and the Middle East.


Focus - Spirits industry calls for tougher action on counterfeiting 28 Apr 2009

Column: Focus

The growing problem of spirits counterfeiting not only results in loss of revenue for spirits companies but more alarmingly continues to cost lives. Keith Nuttall and Emma Jackson report on attempts by trade organisations and governments to address the issue.


Focus - New plastics offer boost to bottled water sector 21 Apr 2009

Column: Focus

Environmental concerns over PET packaging have hit the bottled water market, but technological advances in biodegradable plastics have given bottled water companies cause for optimism. Annette Farr reports.


Focus - Innovation mantra more than just bluster 16 Apr 2009

Column: Focus

It is easy for companies to say they are continuing to innovate in spite of the recession. But, Ben Cooper writes, the latest IRI New Product Pacesetters Report suggests branded goods manufacturers are walking the walk in terms of new product development, and taking a creative approach to fighting the downturn.


Focus - Nigeria offers growth out of stability 9 Apr 2009

Column: Focus

Stable government and an expanding economy have greatly improved the growth prospects for soft drinks producers in Nigeria. Moreover, writes Richard Corbett, strategic analyst at market analysts Canadean, there is significant potential for increasing per capita consumption of soft drinks.


Focus - Alcohol industry still faces online headache 31 Mar 2009

Column: Focus

New guidelines have just been introduced by the European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD) regarding online media. However, while the guidelines enhance the self-regulatory framework of the spirits industry, Ben Cooper writes, they do nothing to address the problems created by user-generated material.

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