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Testing Times for Coca-Cola But Halo Shines On

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...

Comment - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka?

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...

Bloomberg Legacy Lives on in US Soda Fight

This week, health advocates in the Californian city of Berkeley fighting to pass a tax on sugary beverages received a surprising boost to th...

Comment - Red Bull Doesn't Give You Actual Wings

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 Rowla...

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 - 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.

Editor's Viewpoint – Treasury Wine Estates: Here I Go Again On My Own 30 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

The book has been closed – for now – on the end of the plc line for Treasury Wine Estates, following yesterday's announcement that it has called time on negotiations with two separate parties on a possible takeover.

Comment - No Home Comfort for Treasury Wine Estates as Bids Collapse 29 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

It's an awkward moment in any relationship, bringing the object of your affections home for the first time.

Comment - No Time for Presidential Glitz as Soda Tax Resurfaces 24 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

The soda tax issue is bubbling up in the US again, this time in the Californian city of Berkeley.

Comment - Bacardi Looks to Add Own History to New Bombay Sapphire Home 24 Sep 2014

Andy Morton

It started with a fire in 2006 at the Quintessential Brands-owned distillery in Warrington, where Bombay Sapphire was previously made. A blaze that prompted the gin brand's owners, Bacardi, to search for a new, less flammable, home.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - 2014 to be Groundhog Year for Western Europe 23 Sep 2014

Richard Corbett

The markets of Western Europe have long been the engine for soft drinks companies, generating steady returns and providing a dependable working environment. But, the global economic downturn has hit the region hard. Richard Corbett surveys the wreckage.

Comment - Pabst Brewing Co Goes on PR Offensive Over Russian Rumpus 23 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

A deal involving the sale of US brewer Pabst Brewing Co (PBC) has been hit with a Russia-related PR headache. But could it have been avoided?

Comment - Will More Craft Brewers be Tempted by Private Equity? 22 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

It had to happen. The last month has seen two US craft brewers take investment from private equity firms as they look to steal a march in the still, fast-expanding sub-category.

Comment - Spirits - Scottish Independence and the Scotch Whisky Industry 18 Sep 2014

Ian Buxton

The time is finally here: Today, Scotland decides. Will The Union remain or is Scotland set to declare its independence from the UK? With the country taking to the polls, Ian Buxton takes one final look at what the result of the vote will mean for the Scotch whisky industry.

Editor's Viewpoint - Wine in the UK: Tell Us Something We Don't Know 18 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

Yesterday afternoon, here in London, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association hosted its annual conference. Headlining the show was Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency and best known for creating the Levi 501 ads and the 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' tagline for Audi.

Comment - Wine - Can the New World Learn a Lesson from the Old? 16 Sep 2014

Chris Losh

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to Chile, a wine-producing nation that could be on the cusp of something big, provided it looks to the past to help model its future.

Editor's Viewpoint – Heineken's 'No' Cuts SABMiller Options as Anheuser-Busch InBev Looms Large 15 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

Heineken's announcement earlier today of an approach by SABMiller confirms what some observers have warned in recent months: The 'Mega-Merger' is most definitely on.

Comment - Wines of the Beautiful South Ups its Game 11 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

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

Editor's Viewpoint - Guinness: A Great Day for St James's Gate 10 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

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 marked contrast to how the plot's future looked less than ten years ago. It is refreshing to see – for whatever reason - a plc the size of Diageo bowing to a brand's provenance, even if such nods are a rarity these days.

Editor's Viewpoint - William Grant & Sons' Move for Drambuie: It Had to be You 9 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

While it was a predictable bit of business, William Grant & Sons' purchase of Drambuie – announced yesterday – still carries a slight element of surprise to it for me.

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