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Wines of the Beautiful South Ups its Game

Triple-region wine show The Beautiful South kicked off in London yesterday, with a different feel and look to last year's inaugural event....

Guinness: A Great Day for St James's Gate

Today's official opening of the new Guinness production facility at the brand's St James's Gate site in the centre of Dublin stands in marke...

William Grant and Drambuie: It Had to be You

While it was a predictable bit of business, William Grant & Sons' purchase of Drambuie – announced yesterday – still carries a slight elemen...

Soft Drinks & Water - Russia in Turmoil

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at the changing face of the Russian beverage market and reviews the impact of the current econom...

Comment - Spirits - Can Absolut's US Headache be Soothed by Elyx? 4 Sep 2014

Richard Woodard

Late last month, in Pernod Ricard's full-year results, the spirits company flagged a tough time for Absolut vodka. Richard Woodard surveys the wreckage and considers the brand's future.

Comment - Short-term Pain at United Spirits, but Diageo Must Look to Future 4 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

Finally, after a near four-month delay United Spirits reported its full-year results today.

M&A Watch - Who's in the Running for Altia Corp? 4 Sep 2014

Stefan Kirk

Earlier this year, the Finnish Government announced plans to privatise Altia Corp, as part of its programme to raise funds for budget spending.

Comment - Spirits - Diageo's Distill Ventures: One Year On 2 Sep 2014

Ian Buxton

Last month, Diageo confirmed that it was upping the intake of its entrepreneur initiative project, Distill Ventures. Ian Buxton speaks to Frank Lampen, the unit's chief tasting officer, to learn how Distill Ventures is working out for the drinks giant.

Comment - Beer - The End of the Road for International Brands? 28 Aug 2014

Larry Nelson

Larry Nelson has been looking at the global brewers' numbers this month, and mulling what their report cards say about the state of international beer brands.

Editor's Viewpoint - Another One Bites Bacardi's Dust 27 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

One of the things I noticed quite early into my career covering drinks was just how many so-called 'industry veterans' there are. One of my regular lines quickly became that people seldom leave our industry, presumably because it's so much fun.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Monster of a Deal 26 Aug 2014

Ray Rowlands

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd reviews Coca-Cola Co's link-up with Monster Beverage Corp and contemplates PepsiCo’s reaction to the purchase.

M&A Watch - Monster gets the Better of Coca-Cola Co in Alliance Deal 26 Aug 2014

Stefan Kirk

There's no doubt about it, the Coca-Cola Co - Monster Beverage Corp deal is a smart strategic partnership, aligning the two parties in an optimal way in the energy drink category.

Comment - Coca-Cola Amatil - A Canary in the Mine 22 Aug 2014

Andy Morton

With a fast-growing developing market in Indonesia and a mature, yet pressurised, base in Australia, there's a crude argument that Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is a microcosm of the Coca-Cola network as a whole.

Comment - Spirits - Hybrid Spirits: Innovation or Laziness? 21 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

This month, Richard Woodard looks at the NPD trend of blending spirits either together or with another alcoholic segment to create a whole, new sub-category. Is this really innovation at its purest?

Editor's Viewpoint - The Race Downhill for Treasury Wine Estates 21 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

Earlier this month, after Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Rhone Capital tabled a joint-bid for Treasury Wine Estates that prompted the wine company to open its books, I posited that the move would not trigger a bidding war.

Editor's Viewpoint – Carlsberg Needs Smaller Shoes for Shrinking Russian Footprint 21 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

The struggles go on for Carlsberg who, in its half-year results yesterday, indicated that things in Russia – where it is market leader – look set to get worse before they get better.

Comment - Brewers Feel Chill of Prolonged Russian Winter 20 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Being a brewer in Russia continues to be a struggle, and that's putting it mildly. Carlsberg and Heineken both revealed today that their first-half beer volumes suffered in the country.

Comment - Has The Coca-Cola Co Jumped From Frying Pan to Fire? 15 Aug 2014

Andy Morton

Two years ago, when serious speculation emerged over a plan by Coca-Cola Co to buy Monster Beverage Corporation, the energy drinks maker had only recently changed its name from Hansen Natural Corp.

Comment - Spirits - Cognac: Chinese Walls and Chinese Whispers 13 Aug 2014

Ian Buxton

Can China – the great driver of high-end volumes for Cognac – recover its lost glories in 2015, or is that market going to drift lower?

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Into Africa 12 Aug 2014

Richard Corbett

This month, Richard Corbett turns his attention to the potential offered to soft drinks companies by the markets of Africa.

Comment - UK alcohol consumption is falling, did anyone tell the health lobby? 12 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Every six months or so, a report or a piece of research is released about the UK's so-called alcohol “epidemic”. The national media jump on it, which sets in train much teeth-gnashing over what should be done.

M&A Watch - Counter-Bid Seals Fate for Treasury Wine Estates 11 Aug 2014

Stefan Kirk

Earlier this Summer, I argued that TWE's shareholders should sell out to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), on the basis that long-term structural changes in the global wine market are unfavourable to TWE's business model.

Comment - Will a Change of Colour Give Guinness a Lift? 8 Aug 2014

James Wilmore

Diageo revealed its hand this week over its latest bid to boost declining Guinness sales in the US.

Comment - Rouble Plunge Heaps Pressure on Travel Retail 7 Aug 2014

Andy Morton

It's been almost three years since I first went to the Tax Free World Association exhibition, the premier global Travel Retail event held every October in Cannes. The sun shone, and exhibitors chatted happily about the tremendous growth the Chinese and Russians were bringing to the sector.

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