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Has Diageo added Beer to its 'Non-Core' List?

Diageo's exit from its beer joint-venture in South Africa and Namibia comes at the same time as observers are considering what else the comp...

Is Diageo approaching its "Et tu, Brute" Moment?

It would be very easy to get carried away by the latest stirrings from Diageo over in the US. Indeed, when the Securities & Exchange Commiss...

Are Big Spirits Companies Failing to Innovate?

Earlier this month, Bacardi announced its purchase of Banks, a Mauritius-based range of rums. Why would a company whose name is synonymous w...

Is Blended Scotch Turning Bourbon? - Comment

In Glasgow, Scotland's former second city of the British empire, small corners still bear witness to its American colonial past. This is whe...


Comment - Spirits - How Cognac Views the China Storm 28 Jul 2015

Ian Buxton

Ian Buxton has just returned from Cognac. Much as he expected to see a gloomy fug over the region, he was surprised by the upbeat air among its spirits producers.


Soft Drink Deaths Claim: A Case for the Defence is Needed - Comment 15 Jul 2015

Richard Corbett

The soft drinks industry has responded with some ire to a study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, US.


Champagne Gains in the Battle for Sparkling Success - Comment 13 Jul 2015

Chris Losh

The ever-expanding world of sparkling wine is dominated by Champagne and Prosecco, but the two attract different drinkers and new sparklers will have their work cut out to find their place, according to Chris Losh.


Comment - Soda Making is a Craft 8 Jul 2015

Ray Rowlands

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a crafty look at what PepsiCo is doing in its attempt to reverse the downward trend in the US soda market.


Comment - Rekorderlig Deal Sees Molson Coors Miss Out on Real Cider Action 6 Jul 2015

Andy Morton

Not many business empires begin with a holiday to Peru. But that was the genesis of Chilli Marketing, which last week sold the UK rights of Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig to Molson Coors.


Comment - Beer - What do Brewers need from Government in the UK? 2 Jul 2015

Larry Nelson

Following the Conservative Party's victory in the UK's General Election earlier this year, Larry Nelson has penned an open letter, on behalf of the brewer's operating in the country, to the Prime Minister.


Editor's Viewpoint - Diageo CFO to North America? Do the Math 1 Jul 2015

Olly Wehring

Yesterday's appointment news from Diageo has echoes of a similar HR switch at SABMiller two years ago - a question of perceived suitability.


Comment - Where Beer is Brewed Can Leave a Bad Taste 26 Jun 2015

Lucy Britner

Where beer brands are actually brewed has been in the news again this week and the argument seems to be one of geography rather than one of taste.


Comment - Spirits - What on Earth is a Liqueur? 23 Jun 2015

Richard Woodard

When you look at the way the various spirits categories are defined, you'd be forgiven for concluding that the liqueurs segment comprises 'everything else'. Evenso, argues Richard Woodard, the sector is still worth operating in, thanks in part to consumers' perceptions of liqueurs.


Comment – Spirits – Irish Whiskey: Large Eyes, But a Small Pie? 18 Jun 2015

Ian Buxton

The clamour in recent years to enter the Irish whiskey category suggests that the segment is poised to become the next big thing. But, with one brand dominating the sector massively, are the prospects for growth really all they're cracked up to be? Ian Buxton considers.


Comment - The Beauty of a Fresh Start for Remy Cointreau 18 Jun 2015

Andy Morton

As a former L'Oreal executive, Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet will be no stranger to makeovers. But the one she unveiled for Remy Cointreau this week - nine months into her new role as Remy CEO - is more than just skin deep.


Comment - Why so Long, Honey? Cognac Turns Sweet 16 Jun 2015

Lucy Britner

At Vinexpo this week, we spied the launch of a honey Cognac...


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Can Ireland Realise its Potential? 12 Jun 2015

Ray Rowlands

Ray Rowlands, of Drinksinfo Ltd, turns his attention to the oft-overlooked Irish soft drinks market and considers its potential, relative to its larger neighbour, the UK.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Energy Drinks Get Safety Boost 9 Jun 2015

Richard Corbett

The concept of a drink that can give you an instant hit of energy was always going to be a winning formula.


Comment - The Car that Drinkers can't Drive 9 Jun 2015

Lucy Britner

Drink-driving is a sensitive subject and one that the world's legislators clearly don't have a united view on.


Comment - Wine - Finding a Friend in the Next Wine Trend 4 Jun 2015

Chris Losh

Predicting the future is a tricky skill to master. Chris Losh, however, is keen to have a go. Who knows? If his forecasts come off, this time next year, we could all be millionaires.


Comment - Forget On-Trade and Off-Trade, Here Comes Home-Trade 4 Jun 2015

Lucy Britner

With the global financial crisis came two (well-worn) adages: people don't go out as much and, when they do, they expect more in terms of value and quality.


Editor's Viewpoint - The Scotch Dilemma: The Whisky of the Ages or The Whisky of the Age? 2 Jun 2015

Olly Wehring

I remember the occasion well: It was a warm, summer's day five years ago, when Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers division hosted me and many of my peers at its London offices to unveil a new marketing push for its Scotch whisky range.


Editor's Viewpoint - Are Coca-Cola Co, Anheuser-Busch InBev Approaching a FIFA Crossroads? 28 May 2015

Olly Wehring

The footballing world may be in turmoil today, but the drinks companies with more than a passing interest in the beautiful game seem determined not to be swept up by the latest scandal to hit FIFA. For now.


Comment – Beer – SABMiller buys Meantime: Notes for the Careful New Owner 26 May 2015

Larry Nelson

Earlier this month, SABMiller announced the purchase of UK craft brewer Meantime Brewing Co. Larry Nelson has found the instruction manual.


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