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The End of the Road for International Beer Brands?

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

Comment - Another One Bites Bacardi's Dust

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...

Monster gets the Better of Coca-Cola Co

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 op...

CCA - Coca-Cola's Canary in the Mine

With a fast-growing developing market in Indonesia and a mature, yet pressurised, base in Australia, there's a crude argument that Coca-Cola...


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.


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.


Comment - Spirits - Beam Suntory's Big White Spaces 5 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

It's been three months since Suntory completed its purchase of Beam Inc. What better time that the summer lull for Richard Woodard to take a long, hard look at just what the Japanese group got for its US$16bn.


Editor's Viewpoint – Ballantine's and the Whisky Emoji 5 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

Late last week, Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers division launched an online campaign with its Ballantine's Scotch whisky brand to create a whisky emoji.


Editor's Viewpoint - No Starting of Engines for Treasury Wine Estates 4 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

With Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co returning to Melbourne with an improved offer for Treasury Wine Estates, and the Australian wine company not slamming the door this time, the future for Treasury looks pretty sealed down.


Comment - How Litigation-Funding Helps Davids Tackle Goliaths in Court 4 Aug 2014

Mark Beaumont at Annecto Legal

Last month, UK-headquartered soft drinks company Nichols was hit with a legal fine in Pakistan. The PKR1.4m (US$13.8m) payout to its bottling partner in the country, Gul Bottlers, hit Nichols' bottom line hard. The ruling in Gul's favour carried echoes of David beating Goliath. Mark Beaumont, a director at UK-based law firm Annecto Legal, considers the well-established, yet little-known method of funding litigation that could help a slighted minnow chalk up a victory against a bigger partner.


Editor's Viewpoint - Trylinski Calls Time at Belvedere 1 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

The news this week that Krzysztof Trylinski is stepping down at Belvedere brings the curtain down on a professional chapter that has been nothing if not colourful.


Comment - Spirits - BrewDog's Spirit Offerings: A Theory 1 Aug 2014

Ian Buxton

With reports last month that BrewDog is poised to enter the spirits category, Ian Buxton mulls what we can expect in the years to come from the off-the-wall brewer.


Comment - Will Celtic Cider Ban Strip Shirt From C&C Group's Back? 30 Jul 2014

Andy Morton

It's only been a matter of weeks since the FIFA World Cup ended, but already it seems that the goals, the glories and the glut of tournament-themed advertising are fading in the memory.


Comment - Beer - What’s in a (Brand) Name? 29 Jul 2014

Larry Nelson

This month, Larry Nelson considers the importance of a reliable brand name for your beer. Anyone fancy a Mr Winky?


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