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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.


Comment - Gin's in in 2007 9 Jan 2007

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In her first monthly column for just-drinks, renowned spirits journalist Patience Gould looks ahead to what 2007 has in store for the major international spirits producers.


Spotlight - The shape of things to come for Champagne 4 Jan 2007

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The outlook in Champagne is upbeat, with sales on the increase in France and export markets, and the prospect of continued growth. However, writes Richard Woodard, challenges remain for Champagne shippers, not least how to sustain steady growth as rising demand pushes up prices.


Comment - Could 2007 NOT be Australia's year? 2 Jan 2007

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Given that drought and frost have all but eliminated Australia’s wine glut, it is tempting to regard this natural intervention as good news for the wine industry but, writes Chris Losh, in reality the adverse weather conditions have created greater problems at both ends of the price spectrum.


Harvest Report 2006 - The US 22 Dec 2006

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Concluding just-drinks’ harvest reports for 2006, we cross the Atlantic to take a look at the 2006 crop in the US. Anne Brockhoff reviews the harvest in the country’s largest and most prominent wine region California, while Ben Cooper reports on this year’s vintage in Washington and Oregon.


National focus in Chinese beer market 20 Dec 2006

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SABMiller has made up ground on its rival Anheuser-Busch in the developing Chinese beer market over the past two years. But, writes Dean Best, both companies will have to take the long-term view as they seek to establish truly national brands.


Harvest Report 2006 - Germany and Austria 18 Dec 2006

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The 2006 German wine harvest was smaller than had been forecast because of heavy autumnal rain, writes Ben Cooper, but on a par with the average for the past five years, while the 2006 Austrian wines are said to be well balanced with excellent ageing potential.


The just-drinks interview - December II 15 Dec 2006

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As managing director of SABMiller’s European division. Alan Clark has a diverse group of markets in his charge, including Russia, Italy, the Canary Islands and Romania. In the second part of this month’s double-header just-drinks interview, Clark discusses the differing challenges and opportunities facing the brewer across the region with Olly Wehring.


Harvest Report 2006 - Bordeaux 13 Dec 2006

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Early hopes that 2006 was going to be an outstanding vintage in Bordeaux were all but dashed by unfavourable weather conditions in August and September, but the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux is still confident that 2006 will produce classic wines with good ageing potential. Stuart Todd reports.


The just-drinks interview - December I 11 Dec 2006

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This month’s just-drinks interview is a double-header, featuring two prominent executives from major international brewing groups operating in Europe. First, Olly Wehring discusses the challenges facing InBev in Central and Eastern Europe with the brewer’s zone president Alain Beyens. Look out for part two on Friday when Olly talks with Alan Clark, managing director of SABMiller’s Europe division.


Soft drinks at Christmas 8 Dec 2006

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During the festive period, designated drivers or those who simply need to give their bodies a rest from rich food and alcohol will find a wider array than ever of interesting and exotic soft drinks to refresh and restore. Annette Farr takes a look at some of the new products adding sparkle and variety to the soft drinks shelves this Christmas.


Harvest Report 2006 – Rhône, Provence and Languedoc 6 Dec 2006

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Reports from wine industry associations in the Rhône, Provence and Languedoc suggest that 2006 has produced a high-quality vintage across all three regions. Stuart Todd continues just-drinks’ 2006 harvest round-up with a look at France’s most southerly wine-producing areas.

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