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Editor's Viewpoint – What I've Learnt About Chile

My time in Chile, courtesy of Concha y Toro, is fast drawing to an end. Having reported on both the country's wine industry broadly, and the...

Will Lucas Bols' IPO Bring Much Needed Stability?

Dutch spirits firm Lucas Bols has endured an occasionally turbulent time in its 450-year history. Will an effort to list on the Euronext Ams...

A Dangerous World and the Threat to Beverages

If you thought global insecurity was at an all-time high last year, then the World Economic Forum (WEF) has some bad news....

Industry Mans Barricades as Election Fever Hits UK

The starting gun on the UK General Election campaign has been fired and, once again, alcohol looks set to be a political football....


Comment - Lagunitas Gets 'Schooled' Over Lawsuit, but What Else Did We Learn? 15 Jan 2015

James Wilmore

Cuddly craft brewers aren't meant to behave like this.


Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball: 2015 - Part II 15 Jan 2015

Chris Losh

Following Chris Losh's look at what he thinks will hit the wine industry in the first half of this year, our wine commentator returns with his forecasts for the latter six months of 2015.


Comment - No One is Safe From the Coca-Cola Cull 14 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co last week finally put a number to the amount of jobs it will shed as part of a fresh round of cost-cutting designed to save US$3bn over the next four years.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - European Soft Drink Innovation on the Up 13 Jan 2015

Richard Corbett

Richard Corbett takes his annual look back at the winners and losers in soft drink NPD last year.


Editor's Viewpoint - Dry January: An Opportunity, Not a Problem 12 Jan 2015

Olly Wehring

Earlier today, I enjoyed a healthy debate on Twitter with one of my peers here in the UK. The journalist, writing in UK on-trade publication Inapub, was having a dig at 'Dry January', the concept of not drinking alcohol for all of the first month of 2015.


Comment - Constellation Brands Sees Plenty of Stars as Beer Booms 9 Jan 2015

James Wilmore

Rob Sands, the CEO of Constellation Brands, was like the feline that had procured the proverbial dairy product yesterday after the group's third-quarter numbers.


Comment - Wine - Losh's Chris-tal Ball: 2015 - Part I 8 Jan 2015

Chris Losh

As we brave the dawn of 2015, Chris Losh presents his annual look at what he expects will shape the wine landscape in the year ahead. Or not.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Ringing in the New Year 6 Jan 2015

Ray Rowlands

Now that the Champagne corks have finished popping and the fireworks are all but a pleasant memory, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd says goodbye to the old year and contemplates some of the issues facing the soft drinks industry in 2015.


Editor's Viewpoint - Cuba-US Normalisation: Bacardi, Pernod Ricard both Winners? 18 Dec 2014

Olly Wehring

The announcement late yesterday that Cuba and the US have started on the road to normalised relations will be of particular interest to two spirits companies – one evicted from its home by the revolution, the other a co-owner of a rum because of the revolution.


M&A Watch - The Time is Right for Refresco Gerber Shareholders to Exit 16 Dec 2014

Stefan Kirk

While unlikely to slip under the net before the year is out, Stefan Kirk from M&A practitioner Glenboden believes Refresco Gerber's shareholders will spend Christmas and New Year mulling a sale of the European soft drinks bottler.


Comment - The Appeal and Perils of Craft 12 Dec 2014

James Wilmore

How are big, corporate companies tackling the global trend for all things craft? Watching the larger players across all drinks categories deal with the rise of small, artisanal producers is making fascinating viewing.


Comment - Spirits - Is the Golden Age of Rum Upon Us? 4 Dec 2014

Ian Buxton

Long touted as the natural successor to single malt whiskies, premium and super-premium rums have yet to make a dramatic impact on consumers. Could that be about to change? Ian Buxton takes a closer look.


Comment - Beer - Trend of the Year 2014: Convergence 2 Dec 2014

Larry Nelson

As the end of the year approaches, Larry Nelson looks back at the impact the craft beer segment has had on the broader beer category in 2014. The multi-national brewers' need to play in craft is no longer about simply riding the growth wave, argues Nelson, it's much more about basic survival.


Editor's Viewpoint - Budweiser's Main Problem? It's Budweiser 27 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a fascinating article that looks at the more recent performance – or lack thereof – of Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand in the US.


Editor's Viewpoint - When the Drink is Not the Ad 26 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

I must be getting soft in my old age, but there are two drinks marketing campaigns that have recently launched, which have resonated particularly well with me. The one thing they have in common is that they both barely feature the product they are promoting – if at all.


Editor's Viewpoint - Is Petropolis Finally Moving into SABMiller's View? 24 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

SABMiller may have been trying to sneak news of its Brazilian tie-up with Petropolis under the radar, but the news comes on the back of pronouncements by the brewer that it is keen to up its presence in the country. It also comes at a time that SABMiller finds itself in a position where it needs to make an acquisition. And fast.


Editor's Viewpoint - Gin: Plymouth's from Plymouth, London's from...? 19 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

Pernod Ricard's decision this week to withdraw its support for the geographical indication (GI) 'Plymouth Gin' makes sense to me, but that such a GI exists at all serves only to underline the confusion that still abounds in the gin category.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - IPO Launch a Tonic for Fever-Tree 18 Nov 2014

Richard Corbett

Earlier this month, UK-based Fever-Tree launched an IPO, almost ten years after launching its namesake line of mixers. Richard Corbett believes both the company and its brand are firmly on the road to global success.


Comment - How Modern Marketing Compounds My Twitter Shame 14 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

Here's a confession I feel I should make - I only have 177 Twitter followers. Why am I telling you this? It's got something to do with a dinner event in London this week, where I witnessed a public relations fumble of a very modern hue.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Packaging: an Innovation Roller Coaster 13 Nov 2014

Ray Rowlands

Soft drinks packaging has seen many changes over the years. Here, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd examines the current trends and predicts that the innovation roller coaster is unlikely to end soon


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