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Comment - Has Scotch Whisky Jumped the Shark?

It may be age, but spirits commentator Ian Buxton is feeling somewhat jaded at the moment. Efforts by some Scotch whisky producers to entice...

Flat Water in Western Europe a Worry for Nestlé

Bottled water appears to have been the biggest victim of the economic downturn, particularly in Western Europe. Richard Corbett takes a look...

Scotch's Slipping Crown: Convenient for Diageo?

Back in April, when the Scotch Whisky Association released 2013's export sales figures for the category, many observers expressed disappoint...

Comment - PepsiCo's, Sodastream's intriguing trial

PepsiCo's cosying up with SodaStream tells us plenty about the fortunes of both companies - and could even be a pointer to the future....

Comment - Testing Times for Coca-Cola Co But Halo Still Shines 22 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

Yesterday, a few hours after The Coca-Cola Co released its third-quarter results that showed a 14% drop in profits, CNBC analyst Jim Cramer made it clear where he believed the blame lay. “This is not a well-run company,” the Mad Money presenter bellowed, demanding that Coca-Cola's “halo” be “ripped off”. “I'm tired of excuses,” he said.

Comment - Spirits - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka? 21 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

The rise of 'craft' continues, with new spirits brands riding the wave in the US. One such overnight success in Tito's Handmade Vodka, which has seen sales soar in the last couple of years. The downside, however, has been that the brand has caught the eye over its craft claims. Richard Woodard considers the evidence.The rise of 'craft' continues, with new spirits brands riding the wave in the US. One such overnight success in Tito's Handmade Vodka, which has seen sales soar in the last couple of years. The downside, however, has been that the brand has caught the eye over its craft claims. Richard Woodard considers the evidence.

Comment – Bloomberg Legacy Lives on in Coast-to-Coast Soda Fight 17 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

This week, health advocates in the Californian city of Berkeley fighting to pass a tax on sugary beverages received a surprising boost to their cause; a cheque for US$85,000.

Comment - Wine - Three Questions the Drinks Industry Needs to Find Answers To 16 Oct 2014

Chris Losh

As the alcoholic drinks industry emerges bruised and battered from media and health lobby attacks, Chris Losh offers three questions for us all to consider.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Red Bull Doesn't Give You Actual Wings 14 Oct 2014

Ray Rowlands

Following the news that Red Bull will have to drop its “Red Bull gives you wings” tagline in the US due to misleading advertising, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at some other contentious marketing, and finds that energy drinks are not the only beverages that have got into hot water over promotional claims.

Comment - PepsiCo's Pepsi True Prepares Path for the Amazon Challenge 13 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

This month PepsiCo unveiled Pepsi True, a stevia and “real sugar” soda that contains no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.

Editor's Viewpoint - Diageo's Haig Club: And, What Do You Do? 7 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

I'm not entirely sure why so many trade press column inches were given over to the latest 'news' from Diageo's new single grain Scotch whisky brand, Haig Club, yesterday. I mean, the launch of the product was initially announced six months ago.

Editor's Viewpoint - SABMiller's Irritation at Heineken Questions? 7 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

From some of the noises coming out of London yesterday, I am willing to suggest the following: SABMiller is rather annoyed with Heineken. That's probably because, Heineken broke an unwritten rule among the larger companies by going public on its talks with SABMiller.

Comment - Beer - Anheuser-Busch InBev & SABMiller: The End of History 7 Oct 2014

Larry Nelson

Everyone in the brewing industry has an opinion on whether Anheuser-Busch InBev is set to acquire SABMiller. And here's Larry Nelson's.

Comment - Scotch Whisky around the World 7 Oct 2014

Ian Buxton

“May you live in interesting times.” That ancient Chinese proverb, surely apocryphal but horribly apt, seems to apply more than ever to Scotch whisky.

Editor's Viewpoint – Treasury Wine Estates: Here I Go Again On My Own 30 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

The book has been closed – for now – on the end of the plc line for Treasury Wine Estates, following yesterday's announcement that it has called time on negotiations with two separate parties on a possible takeover.

Comment - No Home Comfort for Treasury Wine Estates as Bids Collapse 29 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

It's an awkward moment in any relationship, bringing the object of your affections home for the first time.

Comment - No Time for Presidential Glitz as Soda Tax Resurfaces 24 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

The soda tax issue is bubbling up in the US again, this time in the Californian city of Berkeley.

Comment - Bacardi Looks to Add Own History to New Bombay Sapphire Home 24 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

It started with a fire in 2006 at the Quintessential Brands-owned distillery in Warrington, where Bombay Sapphire was previously made. A blaze that prompted the gin brand's owners, Bacardi, to search for a new, less flammable, home.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - 2014 to be Groundhog Year for Western Europe 23 Sep 2014

Richard Corbett

The markets of Western Europe have long been the engine for soft drinks companies, generating steady returns and providing a dependable working environment. But, the global economic downturn has hit the region hard. Richard Corbett surveys the wreckage.

Comment - Pabst Brewing Co Goes on PR Offensive Over Russian Rumpus 23 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

A deal involving the sale of US brewer Pabst Brewing Co (PBC) has been hit with a Russia-related PR headache. But could it have been avoided?

Comment - Will More Craft Brewers be Tempted by Private Equity? 22 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

It had to happen. The last month has seen two US craft brewers take investment from private equity firms as they look to steal a march in the still, fast-expanding sub-category.

Comment - Spirits - Scottish Independence and the Scotch Whisky Industry 18 Sep 2014

Ian Buxton

The time is finally here: Today, Scotland decides. Will The Union remain or is Scotland set to declare its independence from the UK? With the country taking to the polls, Ian Buxton takes one final look at what the result of the vote will mean for the Scotch whisky industry.

Editor's Viewpoint - Wine in the UK: Tell Us Something We Don't Know 18 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

Yesterday afternoon, here in London, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association hosted its annual conference. Headlining the show was Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency and best known for creating the Levi 501 ads and the 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' tagline for Audi.

Comment - Wine - Can the New World Learn a Lesson from the Old? 16 Sep 2014

Chris Losh

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to Chile, a wine-producing nation that could be on the cusp of something big, provided it looks to the past to help model its future.

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