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Focus - Pressure on soft drinks set to ramp up in 2010
7 Jan 2010
While the economy dominated the news agenda in 2009, the coming year will see renewed pressure on soft drinks companies in areas such as sugar content, advertising and functional ingredients. Ben Cooper looks ahead to see which issues are set to come to the fore during the coming year.
Focus - Pressure to grow for global approach to soft drinks in schools
11 Dec 2009
Coca-Cola has been criticised for making a misleading claim in an ad in the US over its policy towards selling soft drinks in schools. While the company has agreed to change the wording in the ad, Ben Cooper writes, campaigners are set to ramp up the pressure on both Coke and PepsiCo over the issue of selling full-calorie soft drinks in schools in an attempt to force the companies to adopt globally consistent policies in this area.
Focus - The search for value in the spirits market
3 Dec 2009
We all know that Diageo and Pernod Ricard have held all before them in the spirits sector for a number of years. But a new report from Rabobank has shed light on how they have done it, and what the rest of the market needs to do even to come close to keeping pace with the industry’s giants. Ben Cooper reports.
Focus - Giving thanks to CSDs
26 Nov 2009
Carbonates are coming out of the doldrums, claims Annette Farr. The category has been becalmed for some time. But now, with a party season on the horizon and some upbeat forecasts from analysts, the sparkle is definitely coming back. Evidence of this can be seen in brand activity and encouraging sales.
Focus - Latin America: King of the Carbonates
18 Nov 2009
Analyst Richard Corbett takes a look at the strong performance of the carbonates category, which has been suffering in other regions.
Focus - Industry and NGOs prepare for more debate on alcohol-related harm
10 Nov 2009
The EU’s Alcohol and Health Forum will hold its fifth plenary meeting this Thursday. Industry representatives are hoping the meeting will focus on actions on the ground rather than become a policy ‘talking-shop’, writes Ben Cooper. Meanwhile, chairman Robert Madelin will once again have to demonstrate his legendary skills for keeping the peace between parties with widely differing views on alcohol-related harm.
Focus - Beer’s EUR57bn contribution to the EU
5 Nov 2009
A recent report on European brewing’s impact on the EU Economy, ‘The Contribution made by Beer to the European Economy’, makes for interesting reading. Commissioned by the Brewers of Europe, it details the state of brewing in each of the EU27 member nations, as well as Turkey, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. Trade publication Drinks Industry Ireland report on what the research has to say for the Irish beer market.
Focus - Soft drinks for the olds
3 Nov 2009
Consumers are living longer due to medical advances, better nutrition and improved living conditions. Recent research published in The Lancet suggests that British children born in 2007 could feasibly expect to live to 103, while in Japan they would live to 107. Though this scenario might present governments with the challenge of finding solutions to the financial burden of ageing populations, it nevertheless offers soft drinks producers with a growing and captive target market: the ageing consumer. Annette Farr reports.
Focus - Actimel ad ban is latest woe for probiotics
29 Oct 2009
The banning of a TV ad for Danone's drinking yoghurt brand, Actimel, is the latest reversal to hit the probiotic food and drinks sector. Despite being one of the most prominent categories within the fast-growing functional food and drink market, probiotics have not been immune from controversy. Ben Cooper reports.
Focus - Industry split on drink and drive partnership?
22 Oct 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.