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Untapped premiumisation offers spirits potential

Premiumisation has been such a critical trend and driver in the spirits sector that it is hard to imagine there are sectors where it has so...

Rye: No Longer on the Rocks - Comment

The brown spirits category continues to see segments rise and fall in popularity. This month, Ian Buxton looks at rye, which has surprised m...


Comment - How Cognac Views the China Storm

Ian Buxton | 28 Jul 2015

Ian Buxton has just returned from Cognac. Much as he expected to see a gloomy fug over the region, he was surprised by the upbeat air among its spirits producers.


just the Preview - Constellation Brands Q1

Olly Wehring | 30 Jun 2015

Constellation Brands will announce its first-quarter results on Wednesday (1 July). Here, just-drinks looks back at the wine, beer and spirits producer's activities in the three months to the end of May:


Irish Whiskey: Large Eyes, But a Small Pie?

Ian Buxton | 18 Jun 2015

The clamour in recent years to enter the Irish whiskey category suggests that the segment is poised to become the next big thing. But, with one brand dominating the sector massively, are the prospects for growth really all they're cracked up to be? Ian Buxton considers.


Can Ireland Realise its Soft Drinks Potential?

Ray Rowlands | 12 Jun 2015

Ray Rowlands, of Drinksinfo Ltd, turns his attention to the oft-overlooked Irish soft drinks market and considers its potential, relative to its larger neighbour, the UK.

Latest Interviews

Interview - Beam Suntory's Asia-Pacific president

James Wilmore | 26 Jun 2014

Spirits firm Beam is now under the control of Japan's Suntory Holdings after a US$16bn takeover earlier this year. So how will this new marriage work in some key global markets? just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, caught up with Beam Suntory's Asia-Pacific & South America president, Nick Fink, to find out.


Diageo's global category director of whisk(e)y

Olly Wehring | 27 Apr 2012

Earlier this year, just-drinks sat down with David Gates, the global category director of whisk(e)y at Diageo, to talk about Johnnie Walker, Formula One, Scotch and the other whisk(e)y sub-categories.

Latest News

Vietnam's CSD consumption to break 1bn litres

Canadean | 25 Aug 2015

Consumers may be curbing their intake of carbonated soft drinks in many markets, but in Vietnam, the soft drinks segment is set to break the 1bn litres barrier in 2015, according to a new report by Canadean.


NPD: Lucozade Energy Reduced Sugar Tropical Fusion

Lucy Britner | 20 Aug 2015

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is capitalising on the low sugar trend with the launch of a reduced sugar energy drink under the Lucozade brand.


just the week in - Spirits and Wine

Olly Wehring | 14 Aug 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.


Lucozade Ribena Suntory readies Orangina campaign

Lucy Britner | 10 Aug 2015

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has launched a GBP4m (US$6.2m) marketing campaign for its Orangina brand in the UK.


Suntory ad puts new spin on Ribena - video

Lucy Britner | 10 Aug 2015

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has unveiled a TV ad for its repositioned Ribena brand in the UK.


just a While Ago - On 4 August in...

Olly Wehring | 4 Aug 2015

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just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 31 Jul 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Tesco pulls small carton-size Ribena, Rubicon, Cap

Olly Wehring | 29 Jul 2015

The UK soft drinks arm of Suntory has responded to the withdrawal of the ready-to-drink format of its Ribena brand in cartons from UK supermarket chain Tesco by releasing a no-added-sugar variant in the pack size.


AG Barr anticipates sales decrease for H1

Lucy Britner | 24 Jul 2015

AG Barr has warned that it expects a 5% dip in its half-year sales, compared to the same period last year.


Suntory sells Louis Royer Cognac for US$110m

Lucy Britner | 23 Jul 2015

Suntory Holdings has agreed to sell Louis Royer Cognac to Terroirs Distillers, a privately-held spirits company based in France.


just a While Ago - On 17 July in...

Olly Wehring | 17 Jul 2015

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just a While Ago - On 16 July in...

Olly Wehring | 16 Jul 2015

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just a While Ago - On 13 July in...

Olly Wehring | 13 Jul 2015

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just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Andy Morton | 10 Jul 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


just a While Ago - On 10 July in...

Olly Wehring | 10 Jul 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


Suntory unveils GBP6m Ribena marketing push

Richard Woodard | 10 Jul 2015

Suntory soft drinks brand Ribena is launching a GBP6m (US$9.3m) marketing campaign aimed especially at consumers aged 16 to 34.


Suntory confirms Japan Tobacco beverage buy

Lucy Britner | 7 Jul 2015

Suntory Holdings has reached a definitive agreement to purchase Japan Tobacco's beverage unit, including its vending machine business.


just a While Ago - On 6 July in...

Olly Wehring | 6 Jul 2015

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China Huiyuan Juice hives off troublesome units

Keith Nuthall | 2 Jul 2015

China Huiyuan Juice Group has offloaded nine struggling subsidiaries in its home market.


Sapporo chases US$92.7m tax rebate - report

Andy Morton | 23 Jun 2015

Sapporo has protested a decision to refuse it an JPY11.5bn (US$92.7m) tax rebate, according to a report.


More takeovers expected as Irish whiskey heats up

Andy Morton | 15 Jun 2015

The Irish whiskey market can expect more acquisitions as second-tier alcohol companies snap up the new wave of distilleries in Ireland, an industry player has said.


just a While Ago - On 11 June in...

Olly Wehring | 11 Jun 2015

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Latest blogs

Sammy Davis Jnr, Bill Murray offer Suntory ad heritage

James Wilmore | 14 Jan 2014

Will Suntory's US$16bn move to buy Beam see a change in how the Bourbon producer's brands are advertised?

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