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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Focus - Pouching market share 27 Mar 2009

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The pouch appears to have been a packaging format for drinks that has never been either fashionable or popular. And yet, Capri Sun, a product so clearly identified by its pouch-and-straw format, is an internationally-recognised brand, celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Paul Gander asks what the future holds for the pouch.


Focus - Size not the whole story in search for spirits growth 6 Mar 2009

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Recent results suggest all spirits companies are feeling the effects of the downturn but some are better equipped for long-term growth than others. Jeremy Cunnington of Euromonitor International assesses which companies look strong and which appear vulnerable.


Focus - Scottish proposals provoke mixed reaction 3 Mar 2009

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Legislation being proposed by the Scottish government would, if passed, represent some of the strictest alcohol regulation in the EU, so it’s no surprise that it has provoked widespread reaction. just-drinks takes a look at what politicians, industry, campaigners, academics and the medical community have been saying about the proposals announced on Monday.


Focus - China growth cannot hide US meltdown 26 Feb 2009

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Both China and the US have in different ways been exciting growth markets for the drinks sector in recent years but for obvious reasons neither is quite what they were. Chris Losh looks at how both markets are faring in the downturn and assesses what we can expect from each in the year ahead.


Focus - China's growing thirst for wine 19 Feb 2009

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China's reputation as both a wine market and producer looks to be going in only one direction. Mark Godfrey in Beijing speaks exclusively to consultants, sommeliers, retailers and producers on the ground to assess the progress the country has made.


Focus - Troubled waters for bottled water? 17 Feb 2009

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The economic downturn could not have come at a worse time for the bottled water industry. Not only is the category battling to win the consumer's pennies and cents, but it has also had to battle against a media onslaught against its environmental position. Times are certainly tough for water, but, as Annette Farr reports, there remains some hope, if you look hard enough.


Focus - Youth protection looms large in self-regulatory moves 12 Feb 2009

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Recent self-regulatory measures announced in the US and the UK serve to underline how critical the issue of youth protection is to the alcohol industry and its attempts to project a socially responsible image. Ben Cooper reports.


Focus - Soft drinks companies help themselves by helping others 5 Feb 2009

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Ethical consumerism has brought heightened pressure on soft drinks companies with regard to the environmental and social impacts of sourcing, manufacturing and distributing their products. But, Annette Farr writes, it has also been a catalyst for some laudable charitable projects which reflect well on the companies behind them while dramatically improving the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished people.


Focus - The US spirits market: The state of the union 3 Feb 2009

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A raft of recent reports looking at the US spirits market have suggested that, while times are tough in the country, they could be a whole lot worse. Chris Mercer takes a closer look at the numbers to see how bad it is, and how bad it's going to get.


Focus - Wising up to the opportunities in healthier children’s drinks 23 Jan 2009

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The children’s drinks market has changed substantially in recent years as health concerns have increased. However, writes Simon Maddrell of Euromonitor International, some companies have been quicker than others to recognise the commercial opportunities that new parental priorities offer.


Focus - Wine companies must look to new markets for growth 16 Jan 2009

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The economic downturn signals further bad news for the still wine sector, which has already seen contraction in established markets. However, Rob Walker, senior drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, argues that wine companies must invest for the long term, particularly in emerging markets.


Focus - Global warming: Wine producers face new world order 13 Jan 2009

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The doom and gloom of the economic downturn has for many eclipsed the long-term global problem of climate change, at least temporarily. But, writes Chris Losh, wine producers could be facing far greater turmoil for many years to come, after this and future recessions have come and gone, as a result of global warming.


Focus - Soft drinks: New products target the recovering market 6 Jan 2009

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Detoxing is as much part of the holiday ritual as the excesses that make it necessary and, Annette Farr writes, today’s soft drinks market provides a plethora of products claiming restorative health benefits.


Focus - Armagnac’s turn to put Cognac in the shade 11 Dec 2008

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Neither economic gloom nor the presence of an illustrious neighbour appear to be overshadowing Armagnac, France’s less well known brandy denomination. Chris Losh found the region’s producers to be in an upbeat mood.


Focus - Cosmetic boost to enhanced water category 9 Dec 2008

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The health and wellness boom has spawned the launch of many functional products aimed at consumers seeking a healthier lifestyle, and enhanced waters are claiming a growing share of this market. But, Annette Farr writes, companies are also introducing enhanced waters marketed as offering cosmetic benefits.


Focus - SABMiller plays the long game in India 4 Dec 2008

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Per capita consumption of beer in India may currently be small but SABMiller believes demographic and economic factors point to exciting long-term potential for the market. Chris Mercer reports from India on the opportunities and challenges facing SABMiller's senior management team in the country.


Focus - Leading water brands hit by credit crunch 3 Dec 2008

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Bottled water was the fastest growing sector of the global soft drinks market in 2007 but as the economic downturn squeezes middle-class wallets in Western Europe and North America, there is evidence that tap water is making a comeback. Euromonitor International analyst Rob Walker believes the leading bottled water companies must maintain investment in these markets during the tough times in order to maximise returns in the long term.


Focus - C&C looks to raise spirits after Magners’ fall from grace 27 Nov 2008

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Magners Cider was a phenomenal, but seemingly short-lived, brand success story. As C&C Group seeks to recover from the boom and bust experience that befell its cider brand, it is looking to its spirits portfolio, and specifically Irish whiskey Tullamore Dew, for growth. And even in these uncertain times, the company is bullish about the opportunities ahead. Chris Mercer reports.


Focus - Drought fails to ignite Australian soft drinks market 25 Nov 2008

Column: Focus

Drought conditions have made the last few years tough for Australian wine producers. But while one might have expected the extended hot and dry conditions to be a fillip for the soft drinks sector, figures from Canadean suggest they have made little impact. That said, there are some notable growth areas. Richard Corbett of Canadean assesses current trends.


Focus - Stevia sweetener causes stir in soft drinks 4 Nov 2008

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Stevia, a new all-natural sweetener, is regarded by the soft drinks industry as one of the most significant developments in sweeteners in recent years. Annette Farr finds out what the fuss is about.


Focus - Georgian winemakers unfazed by Russian embargo 23 Oct 2008

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Despite losing their largest market when Russia imposed an export ban in 2006, Georgian wine producers are confidently pursuing other markets. Indeed, the embargo acted as a catalyst for improvements in quality, though informed observers believe Georgian producers may have to be prepared to drop their prices to make further export gains. Mark Godfrey reports from Tbilisi.


Focus - SABMiller braces itself for the crunch 16 Oct 2008

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SABMiller may have seen beer volumes rise by 3% in the first six months of the year but the impact of rising commodity prices, the global economic downturn and the credit crunch have given the brewer a cautious, if not downbeat, outlook for the second half. However, Chris Mercer writes, the company believes its premium positioning will bolster it during the tough times ahead.


Focus - Positive outlook for US in face of economic turmoil 14 Oct 2008

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The strong growth in the US market for wines and spirits is certain to be checked by the financial crisis. But Chris Losh found wines and spirits companies to be relatively sanguine about the US in spite of the current turmoil, anticipating that the switch to at-home entertaining and a need for affordable indulgence will bolster sales during difficult times.

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