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Is single malt the Great White Hope for Scotch?

Although the global sales of Scotch whisky may have declined by around one quarter in volume terms in the past decade - slipping by 3% in 20...

Is the wine industry confusing its consumers?

This month, Chris Losh considers trends in the wine industry that risk at best confusing consumers or, at worst, alienating them altogether....

Where does AB InBev see the future of beer?

Anheuser-Busch InBev had its general shareholders meeting this week, during what must be one of the busiest times in the company's history....

Brown-Forman's march on premium whisk(e)y -Comment

Yesterday's acquisition of single malt Scotch whisky producer The BenRiach Distillery Co is the latest signpost on Brown-Forman's path into...


Are consumers getting tired of consuming? - Consumer Trends 26 Apr 2016

Ben Cooper

In this month's Consumer Trends spotlight, Ben Cooper examines consumption itself and asks whether government statistics in the UK published earlier this year, coupled with observations by the head of sustainability at Ikea, signify slowing demand for consumer goods.


What effect would a sugar tax have on India's burgeoning soft drinks category? - Comment 21 Apr 2016

Richard Corbett

Soft drinks marketers are always scratching their heads trying to establish new refreshment occasions for their drinks to exploit. Sometimes, these opportunities can be found in the most extraordinary channels. In Southern India, for example, salons have proved to be a surprise outlet for lemon & lime drinks like Sprite or 7 Up.


How can gin stem the slide in the US? - Comment 19 Apr 2016

Richard Woodard

Much as all looks rosy in the UK, the gin sector has struggled in the US in recent years. What is the segment doing wrong, in a spirits market that offers generous bounty? Richard Woodard investigates.


Who cares if Anheuser-Busch InBev buys more craft brewers? - Comment 14 Apr 2016

Andy Morton

This week, Anheuser-Busch InBev bought another US craft brewer, Devils Backbone.


The blurred lines of drinks categories - Comment 12 Apr 2016

Ray Rowlands

This month, soft drinks commentator Ray Rowlands  takes a look at the intriguing world of cross-over beverages.


Is the wine industry guilty of talking only to itself? - Comment 5 Apr 2016

Chris Losh

As long-standing a wine commentator as Chris Losh has seen trends come and go. But, how successful has the wine category been at following - or even setting - these trends?


Why spirits marketers should be proud of their luxury efforts - Comment 31 Mar 2016

Ian Buxton

Earlier this month, at the annual CAGE conference in London, LVMH CFO Jean-Jacques Guiony presented an eye-opening look at how the luxury goods category operates. What can the spirits category learn from Guiony’s observations? Ian Buxton takes a look.


What will a UK sugar tax mean for soft drinks producers? - Comment 29 Mar 2016

Richard Corbett

This month, Richard Corbett considers the impact of a sugar tax on the UK CSD market.


The growing importance of the convenience channel to drinks companies - Consumer Trends 24 Mar 2016

Ben Cooper

When drinks executives see references to 'disruptive influences' in retailing, they may well brace themselves for an uncomfortable haranguing about binge-drinking in pubs or town centres. It might come as a relief, then, that a new report from KPMG Boxwood on the retail sector in the UK refers to what other analysts might call market 'drivers'.


Is Pernod Ricard's Absolut dying in the US? - Comment 22 Mar 2016

Richard Woodard

This month, white spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the present health - or lack thereof - of Pernod Ricard's flagship vodka brand, Absolut.


The death of carbonated soft drinks, but the fizz lives on - Comment 17 Mar 2016

Ray Rowlands

This month, soft drinks commentator Ray Rowlands takes a look at how various beverage companies are still keeping bubbles alive, despite the on-going decline in the world's carbonated soft drinks markets.


Is Heineken risking its brand image with new H41 beer? - Comment 17 Mar 2016

Andy Morton

It takes a lot for Heineken to meddle with its hard-won brand equity. So when it does, it's worth paying attention to the reasons why.


Is the end nigh for Sauvignon Blanc? - Comment 15 Mar 2016

Chris Losh

This month, Chris Losh looks at Sauvignon Blanc, a varietal synonymous with - and dominant in - New Zealand. Has Sauvignon Blanc hit the top and had to stop?


Anheuser-Busch InBev and China's Snow – This town ain't big enough for the both of us – Editor's Viewpoint 2 Mar 2016

Olly Wehring

For a company dead set on becoming the biggest in its field – and reportedly beyond – Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to sell off SABMiller's stake in China's CR Snow to JV partner China Resources Beer looks more like a step backwards - and a very cheap one at that.


Why is China good for one Cognac producer, and bad for another? - Comment 1 Mar 2016

Ian Buxton

Considering the disparity of performances from Cognac brand owners in China, I've been looking at what's really happening within the country, and have been talking to some brands about their varying strategies and view of future prospects. First, let's look at the numbers.


Travel Retail has plenty of runway - Comment 25 Feb 2016

Richard Woodard

While some have predicted turbulent times for the Global Travel Retail business, spirits columnist Richard Woodard sees a long and lucrative future for the sector.


Has the Travel Retail bubble burst? - Comment 23 Feb 2016

Joe Bates

These are undoubtedly turbulent times for the Global Travel Retail business. An industry notoriously susceptible to external shocks has been tossed around like a vintage bi-plane flying through a tropical typhoon. The decline in spend among Chinese travellers, the dramatic drop in the value of the Russian Ruble, the sclerotic Eurozone economies, the strong US Dollar and its impact on the spending power of Latin America travellers are just some of the headwinds blowing Travel Retail off course.


Is non-alcoholic beer a threat to soft drinks? - Comment 16 Feb 2016

Richard Corbett

This month, Richard Corbett considers whether low-/no-alcohol beer could eat into soft drinks' share of throat.


Boom time for Prosecco; a segment with a big branding problem – Comment 15 Feb 2016

Susan Poole

The non-Champagne sparkling wine sector is back on the rise. Research released late last year forecast that the category will bounce back from its slowdown in 2014 to hit new highs in the coming five years. One of the main drivers of recent growth is Prosecco. Indeed, in 2013, the Italian sparkling wine's sales overtook Champagne for the first time.


Forget Baby Boomers at your peril - Consumer Trends 11 Feb 2016

Ben Cooper

In the latest of his consumer trends articles, Ben Cooper highlights the potential still on offer for drinks companies from the Baby Boomers out there.


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