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The just-drinks interview - April 17 Apr 2007

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Nils S. Andersen has overseen something of a turnaround at Carlsberg since taking over as president and CEO in 1999 but he is determined to keep his and the company’s feet on the ground. Dean Best met him at Carlsberg’s HQ near Copenhagen to discuss the brewer’s recent achievements and plans for the future.


Spotlight - Fairtrade in the drinks industry 12 Apr 2007

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The market for fairtrade wine is increasing as more wineries in countries such as Chile, Argentina and South Africa gain fairtrade certification. However, writes Monica Dobie, the market for fairtrade products in other alcoholic drinks categories has been slower to develop.


Comment - A 'sparkling' revamp for CSDs 10 Apr 2007

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Coca-Cola has decided to refer to carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) as ‘sparkling beverages’ in all its communications, at a time when major soft drinks producers are looking to address the unhealthy image and declining sales of fizzy drinks with healthier product launches. Annette Farr assesses their chances of success.


Comment - Trouble in Havana 5 Apr 2007

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Bacardi has been engaged in a legal battle with Pernod Ricard over the rights to the Havana Club trademark for years. But Patience Gould believes the US-based spirits giant is shooting itself in the foot, appearing to be a corporate bully while drawing attention to the primary characteristic that sets Havana Club apart from its own world-beating brand - its Cuban origin.


Evans & Tate / Yarraman 3 Apr 2007

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Chris Losh sees the current plight of Evans & Tate, which recently rebuffed a takeover bid by the smaller, US-listed Australian wine producer Yarraman Winery, as symptomatic of the problems facing the Australian wine industry.


The just-drinks interview - March 29 Mar 2007

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Synthetic corks and screw-caps may have once been frowned upon by wine cognoscenti, but no longer, and the growing popularity of alternative closures has put the natural cork industry under pressure. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Antonio Amorim, president of the world’s largest natural cork producer Amorim & Irmaos, puts the case for cork.


Spotlight - The state of play for Scotch 27 Mar 2007

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In spite of the news that the Indian government has once again eschewed tariff reform, Richard Woodard sees plenty of export growth potential for Scotch whisky, both in emerging and established markets. However, worries remain over the decline in the blended whisky category and the spread of cut-throat discounting from the blended sector to malts.


Ethical push for soft drinks 22 Mar 2007

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The biennial IFE trade show in London has over the years been the initial launch pad for many successful brands and heralded numerous mainstream trends in the soft drinks sector. Annette Farr visited the show for a glimpse into the future.


Just the Answer - Patrón 20 Mar 2007

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Riding the twin waves of a booming premium spirits market and growth in Tequila, The Patrón Spirits Company has made great strides in a short space of time. In this month's Just the Answer interview, Dean Best speaks with the company’s COO John McDonnell, and Mike Hill, vice president, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, about the company’s rapid progress and premium ethos.


Analysis - Cadbury Schweppes drinks sell-off 15 Mar 2007

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The announcement that Cadbury Schweppes is looking to split its beverage operations in the US from its confectionery unit may be music to its investors' ears, but where will a potential buyer come from? Dean Best looks at the move, and weighs up what the coming year has in store for Cadbury Schweppes.


Comment - A sexy French wine? 13 Mar 2007

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French wines with a catchy name and something of the New World about them are not a new phenomenon but, writes Chris Losh, there’s something about such brands that doesn’t quite ring true. What is required is a wine with enough of a French accent to make it sexy, but not the kind that will make it incomprehensible. Has just such a wine arrived on the market?


Spotlight - The spirits market in China 8 Mar 2007

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If prime target consumers for international spirits in China have as much difficulty telling whisky from Cognac as a recent report suggests, marketers may have to up their game to reap the rewards the mother of all emerging markets has to offer. Ben Cooper reports.


Comment - High Fructose Corn Syrup 6 Mar 2007

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The use of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) as a sweetening agent in food and drink has become a hot potato in the US. Some scientists blame HFCS for rising obesity levels while others suggest that describing it as ‘all natural’ is misleading. But Annette Farr argues that making a scapegoat of one type of refined carbohydrate is rather missing the point.


Spotlight - Organic wine 1 Mar 2007

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In spite of intense and mounting consumer interest in environmental issues and sustainable agriculture, organic wine is a comparatively undeveloped area of the market. But, writes Chris Losh, the current consumer zeitgeist and the marketing value inherent in establishing a strong point of difference for your product could change all that.


Just the Answer - Beam UK 27 Feb 2007

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In this month's Just the Answer interview, managing director of Beam UK Adrian McKeon spoke with Olly Wehring about the future of the Maxxium partnership, Beam’s relationship with the notoriously hard-nosed UK supermarkets and possible future acquisitions.


Comment - All aboard the vodka bandwagon 22 Feb 2007

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The vodka sector’s capacity for growth, particularly in the US, appears unbounded, and the big spirits players are all keen to gain full advantage. Major companies have recently swooped for the Svedka and 42 Below brands but, writes Patience Gould, the real fun will begin if and when the star Swedish brand Absolut comes up for sale.


The just-drinks interview - February 20 Feb 2007

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Coinciding with the publication of Diageo’s first-half results, this month’s just-drinks interview is with Andrew Morgan, president of Diageo’s European operations. Morgan took the opportunity to explain to Dean Best why amid a very positive group performance, the European division has failed to shine.


Analysis - The trouble with Coca-Cola Enterprises 15 Feb 2007

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The announcement of major restructuring and 3,500 job losses at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) says as much about The Coca-Cola Company as it does about its largest bottler. Annette Farr examines the underlying reasons behind CCE’s current malaise and suggests it is Coca-Cola’s failure to keep pace with rival PepsiCo in product innovation that has been the bottler’s prime problem.


Comment - Is Old World the new New World? 13 Feb 2007

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As in any product category, fashions come and go in the wine business. And, writes Chris Losh, it appears that Old World wines, whether recently rediscovered gems or traditional offerings given a modern slant, are definitely in vogue, while New World wines are looking…well…rather 20th century.


Spotlight - Sweeteners and soft drinks 8 Feb 2007

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The health and wellness boom has precipitated huge growth in the low-cal and no-cal soft drinks market, and with it great strides in the development of artificial sweeteners. Annette Farr reports on how consumers, in their eagerness to reduce their calorie intake, have embraced the likes of aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame-K.


Spotlight - Climate change and the drinks industry 6 Feb 2007

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Hotter summers may have created some bumper years for drinks producers but climate change represents serious challenges to the drinks industry, not only in areas such as water and energy supply but in the case of wine in threatening the viability of established growing areas. Mark Rowe reports.


Comment - Coca-Cola Co. goes niche 2 Feb 2007

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This week, The Coca-Cola Co. snapped up niche US firm Fuze Beverage. The acquisition signals a realisation from Coca-Cola Co. that it needs to bolster its presence outside the carbonates market in the US. Dean Best reports.


Just the Answer - Beefeater 31 Jan 2007

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In our first Just the Answer interview of 2007, Dean Best spoke with Nick Blacknell, brand director for Beefeater at Pernod Ricard subsidiary Chivas Brothers, about the company’s ambitious re-launch of the established gin brand it acquired as part of the Allied takeover in 2005.


Review - Wine Evolution 2007 29 Jan 2007

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Wine Evolution is taking place in Paris on 29-30 January and just-drinks is providing updates live from the event, which brings together the leading lights from the wine world to discuss matters at the heart of the industry.


The just-drinks interview - January 25 Jan 2007

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Despite being only a few days into 2007, attention is already turning towards the summer and the exhibition season. Earlier this month, the team that organises the biennial Bordeaux extravaganza Vinexpo came to London to discuss this year’s show. Olly Wehring met with Vinexpo president Jean-Marie Chadronnier to find out what attendees can look forward to.


Comment - Reasons to be cheerful for soft drinks 23 Jan 2007

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The fact that bad news travels faster than good, and is certainly more likely to make the headlines, is not lost on UK soft drinks companies, so it is somewhat surprising that the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) is only just getting around to appointing a media manager. Annette Farr welcomes the move.


Spotlight - Blended malts 18 Jan 2007

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Blended malt is often regarded as the ‘mongrel’ of the Scotch category, but it is clearly a growth area. Some consider the combination of the kudos of malt with the brand-friendly flexibility of blends to be a winning formula. Richard Woodard is not so sure.


Spotlight - Marketing wine in the UK's restaurants 16 Jan 2007

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A seminar featuring a host of on-trade experts, held during the annual New Zealand wine tasting which is taking place in London this week, had some salutary lessons for UK restaurateurs regarding their approach to marketing wine. Chris Losh listened in.


Spotlight - Packaging: How to stand out from the crowd 12 Jan 2007

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On-shelf impact, convenience, shelf-life, brand loyalty and increasingly environmental credentials all factor into the packaging choice for soft drinks brands. Moreover, writes Annette Farr, when it comes to launching new products, manufacturers look to packaging innovation to provide a point of difference.


Analysis - A-B, Budvar team up in US 10 Jan 2007

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The century-old rivalry between Anheuser-Busch and Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar took an unexpected twist earlier this week when the two brewers signed an import deal for the US market. However, despite the apparent thaw in relations, it will be A-B’s other agreements in the US that will have a greater impact on its business. Dean Best reports.

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