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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

Column: Focus

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

Column: Focus

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

Column: Focus

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

Column: Focus

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.


Focus - Luxury spirits growth tipped to withstand downturn 7 Oct 2008

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Financial doom and despond may currently pervade the world of high-flying corporate executives but, Ian Buxton writes, spirits marketers expect high-priced, ultra-premium brands to continue their strong growth. The current environment may prompt financial movers and shakers to take a stiff drink, but it will apparently still be a reassuringly expensive one.


Focus - Functional ingredients: aspiring to taste success 2 Oct 2008

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As the functional food and drink market develops and choice broadens, consumers are becoming more demanding about how products taste rather than simply buying them for their health-enhancing properties. Ahead of next month’s Health Ingredients Europe trade show, Annette Farr looks at some of the new functional ingredients hitting the market and asks how ingredient companies are tackling the taste challenge.


Focus - Leading bottled water groups respond to pressure 25 Sep 2008

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The three leading bottled water brands in the UK launched the Natural Hydration Council (NHC) earlier this month. The organisation says it is not a lobby group but aims to research and promote the environmental, health and other sustainable benefits of natural bottled water. Ben Cooper spoke with the NHC’s director, Jeremy Clarke, about the challenges the NHC faces.


Focus - Colas look for healthy lift 11 Sep 2008

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Colas may be the most popular type of soft drink in the world but they have historically been high in sugar, and are among the first products mentioned when rising obesity levels are being discussed. However, cola producers are launching healthier variants which, Annette Farr writes, could see cola throw off its unhealthy image.


Focus - The Zimbabwe drinks industry 2 Sep 2008

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The hardships facing the Zimbabwean population have become a regular and depressing feature of our news. Clemence Manyukwe reports from Harare on the particular problems that the country’s sustained economic crisis and political turmoil are posing for Zimbabwe’s drinks producers.


Focus - Japanese continue to thirst for functional drinks 7 Aug 2008

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Functional drinks may be a relatively recent phenomenon in many markets but they are certainly nothing new in Japan where ‘genki’ energy drinks have been enthusiastically consumed for decades. Moreover, writes Gavin Blair, deregulation has fostered further growth in the health drinks market.


Focus - Sports drinks and The Olympic Games 5 Aug 2008

Column: Focus

The 2008 Beijing Olympics are almost upon us as we finally realise that in addition to all the brand sponsorship activity, there will be some sport. Not surprisingly Coca-Cola is one of the leading participants in the brand marketing frenzy but Annette Farr found a surprising paucity of activity around sports drinks.


Focus - UK lawmakers look to rein in drinks companies 24 Jul 2008

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The consultation launched by the UK government this week represents a strong indication that it has lost patience with the drinks industry, and is moving towards introducing mandatory measures to replace self-regulatory ones. Ben Cooper analyses the reaction from industry bodies and campaigners, and assesses where this week’s announcement leaves the industry.


Focus - Rising cost of fruit puts pressure on juice prices 22 Jul 2008

Column: Focus

The shortfall in production and rising cost of fruit is causing anxiety among producers of fruit juices. Higher retail prices threaten to stem the strong growth of this dynamic category, and given that rising fruit juice consumption is making a positive contribution to the ‘5-a-day’ campaign, soft drinks companies are urging the UK government to reduce VAT on fruit juice. Annette Farr reports.


Focus - From slamming to sipping: How Tequila is growing up 17 Jul 2008

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The burgeoning market for ultra-premium offerings, particularly in the US, has provided the Tequila category with high-value growth, allowing it to move on from its ‘shooter and slammer’ image of old. Richard Woodard reports on the growth in sipping Tequilas, the debate over the Mexican spirit’s classification system, and the implications of the current over-supply of Tequila’s basic constituent ingredient, blue agave.


Focus - UK consumers continue to take to the (water) bottle 8 Jul 2008

Column: Focus

In spite of pressure from campaigners over the environmental impact of rising bottled water sales, per capita consumption continues to rise in the UK. And, writes Annette Farr, the recent mains water contamination scare in Northamptonshire provided an opportunity for some subtle point-scoring in the ‘tap versus bottle’ debate.


Focus - Inbev's move for Anheuser-Busch 12 Jun 2008

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InBev's announcement late yesterday (11 June) that it has made an offer to acquire Anheuser-Busch comes as little surprise. Speculation of a tie-up between the brewers has surfaced over the last 18 months or so. But the amount offered – US$65 per share – certainly looks enticing to A-B's shareholders. So, it's a done deal, yes? Olly Wehring takes a closer look at the offer.


Focus - Carbonates grow up and hit back 10 Jun 2008

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Blamed for contributing to rising obesity, traditional carbonated soft drinks, notably colas, have suffered in recent years. But the sector has responded with a plethora of new, healthier drinks, many targeted at the increasingly vibrant adult soft drinks market. Annette Farr takes a look at the new generation.


Focus - New FSA move on colourings leaves industry puzzled 1 May 2008

Column: Focus

The call by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the voluntary withdrawal of certain colourings, and its recommendation that British ministers push for a total ban in the EU, surprised observers from the industry and the campaigning community. The debate over the link between food colourings and hyperactivity now switches to the European arena. Ben Cooper reports.

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