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Job cuts not the whole story at AB InBev - Comment

Is Carlos Brito's job in danger?...

The decline of the flagship beer brand - Comment

It's seven o'clock in the morning, and the gathering crowd already boasts a few dozen hardy souls. By the time sales actually commence in a...

Craft spirits shake-out will be just the beginning

As just-drinks white spirits commentator, Richard Woodard, noted earlier this month, we are experiencing a latter-day Gin Craze. But, here i...

How Treasury is rewriting the rule book - Comment

For years, they said it couldn't be done. In wine, the theory goes, if you're playing a volume game then you can't all of a sudden make the...


Has Diet Coke passed its sell-by date? - Comment 16 Aug 2016

Richard Corbett

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at Coca-Cola's most successful brand extension and ponders its relevance in today's soft drinks arena.


How to verify a gin boom - Comment 11 Aug 2016

Richard Woodard

There is a definite scent of juniper in the air. But how long will it last? Richard Woodard takes a closer look at the rise and rise of gin. 


What does the future hold for bottled water? - Comment 9 Aug 2016

Ray Rowlands

Bottled water looks set to overtake soda as the number one soft drink choice in the US. Here, Ray Rowlands examines how the global bottled water market has developed and how it will continue to evolve.


Time to take stock of Constellation Brands' Corona - Comment 27 Jul 2016

Andy Morton

Constellation Brands is a firm favourite on Wall Street at the moment. The company's share price hasn't stopped rising since it took control of the Grupo Modelo brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev. Indeed, US$100 worth of stock bought in June 2012, when the deal was announced, is now worth just over $850.


Can craft breweries compete in lager arena? - Comment 21 Jul 2016

Stephen Beaumont

Regardless of what country you choose or in which time period it is framed, three words can be used to characterise most early craft beer development: small, undercapitalised and ale. As much as the first two are fairly obvious – we didn't call it 'microbrewing' for nothing, and pretty much all small-scale start-ups are underfunded – the third, ale, is somewhat less self-evident. It is nevertheless directly related to its predecessors.


Coca-Cola Beverages Africa - A new powerhouse is created - Comment 19 Jul 2016

Ray Rowlands

This month, Ray Rowlands looks at how The Coca-Cola Co, SABMiller, and Gutsche Family Investments have teamed up to create Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, and considers some of its implications for the region.


Do you buy the Wild Geese, Pernod Ricard conspiracy theory? - Editor's Viewpoint 19 Jul 2016

Olly Wehring

In our coverage of the legal ruling in favour of Irish whiskey brand The Wild Geese in Australia yesterday, I sensed a conspiracy theory of pretty impressive proportions. Could the dominant player in the Irish whiskey sector really have been looking to ride roughshod over one of its much smaller competitors?


Why is rum still stuck on the runway? - Comment 14 Jul 2016

Richard Woodard

For years, rum was lined up to be the spirits industry's next big thing. And yet, for all the shining promise of the category's mix of heritage, mixability and positive lifestyle cues, that potential has never quite been fully exploited, particularly in the vital US market. Richard Woodard reports.


How the hangover could be a marketing opportunity for soft drinks - Comment 12 Jul 2016

Richard Corbett

We (nearly) all suffer from them, and yet we all counter them with different measures. Could the soft drinks industry be missing an opportunity to surf the hangover wave? Richard Corbett reports.


The move away from alcohol and the soft drinks opportunity – Consumer Trends 7 Jul 2016

Ben Cooper

There has always been demand for non-alcoholic drinks for adults, but the adult soft drinks segment – and its consumers – are changing. Ben Cooper reports.


Why big drinks companies need to think local - Comment 7 Jul 2016

Lucy Britner

The world is so accessible now, it is both overwhelming and tedious at the same time. It takes seconds to find out what is happening on the other side of the world. We know what people are eating, what they are wearing and what they are drinking.


Why Brexit is a disaster for the wine category - Comment 5 Jul 2016

Chris Losh

The UK's referendum rejection of the European Union is bad news for the wine trade, the UK and the EU itself, argues Chris Losh as he pores over the entrails of a slaughtered sacred cow in search of enlightenment.


Is there a future for the global beer brand? - Comment 23 Jun 2016

Stephen Beaumont

Can you think of a global beer brand? One that is not hamstrung by being limited to certain regions? It's not easy. Indeed, Stephen Beaumont found it equally difficult, until about two weeks ago.


How soft drinks can win big when targeting adult consumers - Comment 21 Jun 2016

Richard Corbett

At the turn of the century, Britvic paid what many considered at the time to be an awful lot of money for Orchid Drinks. The company made drinks for grown-ups - or, as they are more often known, adult soft drinks.


A sports advertising ban in Europe? Who cares? - Comment 15 Jun 2016

Andy Morton

Do you ever get the feeling that something's not quite right? I got that feeling last month: It was at Lyon's Grand Stade, just before kick-off for the final game of European rugby's Champion's Cup, and all appeared in place: the crowd hushed, the players tensed, the referee's whistle poised. But, as the advertising boards that enclosed the pitch cycled through their usual litany of airline, watch manufacture and beer brand, one message seemed slightly off-kilter.


Is Brown-Forman putting too many eggs in one basket? - Comment 14 Jun 2016

Richard Woodard

Brown-Forman's recent strategic moves represent a narrowing of the company's focus on its core strengths: Whisk(e)y in all its forms, with Tequila playing a supporting role. The big question now is whether that process should continue to its logical conclusion with the disposal of Finlandia vodka, a brand that has hardly been a star performer in recent times.


Timing gives Campari's Glen Grant edge in age-statement battle - Comment 14 Jun 2016

Andy Morton

At a dinner in London last night, Gruppo Campari officially unveiled the latest permanent additions to its Glen Grant Scotch whisky range. The two 12-year-olds and one 18-year-old were first announced last month. Then, as last night, what sparked most interesting was their resolute age-statement credentials.


Tel Aviv - The city's on-premise trends 13 Jun 2016

Max Warner, Chivas brand ambassador

just-drinks is launching a new series of regular articles, in which we take a closer look at the on-trade trends that are emerging in cities across the world. This month, Chivas brand ambassador Max Warner talks about the drinks, spirits and cultural trends driving the bar scene in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Is the wine industry prepared for the environmental changes ahead? - Comment 9 Jun 2016

Chris Losh

Late last month, Chris Losh attended the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, held in Brighton on the south coast of England. Among the presentations over the three days, delegates heard plenty of talk about the weather - something not uncommon in the UK.


Can The Coca-Cola Co draw Kold comfort from Keurig debacle? - Comment 9 Jun 2016

Andy Morton

It may be going too far to call the truncated lifespan of the Keurig Kold farcical. But, in the nine months since it was launched, the home-carbonation system's owner, Keurig Green Mountain, has been sold to a private-equity group, big-money investor The Coca-Cola Co pulled out and headed for the hills and its CEO was unceremoniously dumped.


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