In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

Who's reporting what on the latest issues in the drinks industry.



In the Spotlight - Who Can Rescue the Soda Makers? 20 Feb 2014

It was interesting to see Big Soda's contrasting reactions to more North American CSD volume falls in full year results this month.


In the Spotlight - 2014 Super Bowl Ad Showdown 3 Feb 2014

After the Denver Broncos were comprehensibly beaten by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 in yesterday's Super Bowl, some suggested the team needn’t have shown up. Could the same have applied to advertisers?


In the Spotlight - Suntory Holdings' US$16bn "Gamble" on Beam Inc 16 Jan 2014

Suntory Holdings' corporate slogan is “Yatta Minahara”, which roughly translates as “go for it”, or “take a risk”, according to the New York Times.


In the Spotlight - Diageo's Whyte & Mackay Offer Heads Off UK Watchdogs 29 Nov 2013

One of the spirits industry's longer-running sagas gained an extra chapter this week when Diageo announced that it is willing to sell off a large chunk of Whyte & Mackay (W&M).


In the Spotlight - Drinks Firms Support Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts 15 Nov 2013

The final death count of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last week, is still a long way from being known. The relief effort is well underway, however, and drinks companies are among those that have moved to support those affected by the disaster.


In the Spotlight - Coca-Cola Co & PepsiCo's Q3 17 Oct 2013

The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo's third-quarter results both hit the pavement this week, with contrasting performances for the beverage rivals in their home market.


In the Spotlight - Treasury Wine Estates CEO stands down 27 Sep 2013

David Dearie, the head of Treasury Wine Estates who left the company this week, may derive some satisfaction from the thought that it was not a lack of ambition that led to his downfall.


In the Spotlight - Red Bull vs Redwell Brewing 15 Aug 2013

It was the turn this week of a small brewery in Norwich to wander blinking on to the nation's front pages, in a classic David-and-Goliath story that also fanned the Twitter flames. Though, as it turned out, not all was as it first seemed.


In the Spotlight - Mexico's beer market probe 12 Jul 2013

Just how good are Heineken and Anheuser-Busch InBev at sticking to their commitments? That's the question SABMiller will be asking itself this week after Mexico's competition authorities finally answered the brewer's long-standing plea to review its rivals' alleged monopolising of the country's beer market.


In the Spotlight - Coca-Cola Life 4 Jul 2013

There was an outbreak of eyebrow raising earlier this year when the Coca-Cola Co confirmed it was relaunching Sprite in the UK with some of the sugar replaced with stevia.


In the Spotlight - Turkey's Alcohol Crackdown 27 Jun 2013

As Turkish authorities kept watch over Taksim Square following a month of anti-government protests, the country's alcohol industry was bracing itself for its own crackdown.


In the Spotlight - Rémy Cointreau and Cognac's slowdown 13 Jun 2013

What China giveth, China also taketh away, was the lesson for Rémy Cointreau in its full-year results this week.


In the Spotlight - Brown-Forman's Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey 6 Jun 2013

It was Brown-Forman's “stellar year”, at least according to company CFO Don Berg.


In the Spotlight - Suntory's US$4.7bn Share Offer 30 May 2013

It is shaping up to be one of the drinks industry's biggest events of the year. This week, Suntory got approval to list its food and soft drinks unit on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, paving the way for the group to raise as much as US$4.7bn.


In the Spotlight - Britvic's plant closures and the AG Barr merger 24 May 2013

It has been a busy six months for Britvic - a merger with AG Barr delayed, full-year profits down one-fifth - so it should have come as no surprise Wednesday's (22 May) first-half results were so intriguing.


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