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Gin: Plymouth's from Plymouth, London's from...?

Pernod Ricard's decision this week to withdraw its support for the geographical indication (GI) 'Plymouth Gin' makes sense to me, but that s...

Comment - IPO Launch a Tonic for Fever-Tree

Earlier this month, UK-based Fever-Tree launched an IPO, almost ten years after launching its namesake line of mixers. Richard Corbett belie...

Comment - Soft Drinks Packaging Pulls no Punches

Soft drinks packaging has seen many changes over the years. Here, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd examines the current trends and predicts th...

Will A-B's latest craft beer buy spur MillerCoors?

Anheuser-Busch caused a stir last week by announcing a deal to acquire another craft brewer – but this time in the unofficial craft beer cap...


Comment - How Modern Marketing Compounds My Twitter Shame 14 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

Here's a confession I feel I should make - I only have 177 Twitter followers. Why am I telling you this? It's got something to do with a dinner event in London this week, where I witnessed a public relations fumble of a very modern hue.


Comment - Spirits - Diageo Making the Best of a Bad Job with Bushmills, Don Julio deal? 11 Nov 2014

Richard Woodard

Diageo has surprised some with its move to sell its Irish whiskey brand Bushmills in return for control of Don Julio Tequila. Here our columnist, Richard Woodard, analyses the thinking behind the deal


Comment - Wine - Treasury Wine Estates, PLB, Bibendum: Finally Lively in Wine 6 Nov 2014

Chris Losh

This month, Chris Losh not only welcomes a spate of M&A activity in the wine world, he positively bathes in it, with Treasury WIne Estates, PLB and Bibendum feeling the warmth of his spotlight.


Comment - After Berkeley, the Battle for US Soda Tax Begins 5 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

The results are in - and it's bad news for the US soft drinks industry.


Comment - Beer - Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller: Alternative Realities 4 Nov 2014

Larry Nelson

Having already run his eye over an Anheuser-Busch InBev move for SABMiller, our beer commentator, Larry Nelson, runs through what alternatives the world's biggest brewer may consider to spend its money on.


Editor's Viewpoint - Diageo's Sale of Bushmills an Admission of Defeat to Pernod Ricard's Jameson? 3 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

Diageo's move to take back full control of Don Julio certainly indicates the potential for Tequila. However, it is the company's divestment of Bushmills that speaks even louder, to the future for Irish whiskey.


Comment - Spirits - Has Scotch Whisky Jumped the Shark? 30 Oct 2014

Ian Buxton

It may be age, but spirits commentator Ian Buxton is feeling somewhat jaded at the moment. Efforts by some Scotch whisky producers to entice consumers to trade up have left Buxton asking: Is the category at its 'shark-jumping' peak?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Flat Water in Western Europe a Worry for Nestlé 28 Oct 2014

Richard Corbett

Bottled water appears to have been the biggest victim of the economic downturn, particularly in Western Europe. Richard Corbett takes a look at the prospects for one of the larger water players in the region, Nestlé.


Editor's Viewpoint - Scotch Whisky's Slipping Crown: Convenient Timing for Diageo 28 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Back in April, when the Scotch Whisky Association released 2013's export sales figures for the category, many observers expressed disappointment, but not necessarily surprise, at the numbers.


Comment - Will PepsiCo and SodaStream's trial fizz up into something permanent? 27 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

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.


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