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Constellation saw sales and profits jump for its beer portfolioConstellation Brands Q1 results by category - Focus 30 Jun 16

Lucy Britner

Earlier today, Constellation Brands reported a bumper fiscal first-quarter, with net profits rising by a third. Here, we take a closer look at the company's performance in the three months to the end of May by category.


Heineken has changed its mind about motorsport sponsorshipWhy has Heineken made a Formula 1 U-turn? - Sustainability Spotlight 30 Jun 16

Ben Cooper

Corporate sustainability strategies are about balancing commercial priorities with environmental and social concerns. Ben Cooper asks whether Heineken has struck the right balance with its decision to embrace motorsport sponsorship.


Bottled water is a competitive category in BrazilBrazil puts better-for-you beverages to the test - Research in Focus 30 Jun 16

Euromonitor International

Alll eyes are on Brazil at the moment as the country gears up for the Rio Olympics. Euromonitor International's senior beverage analyst, Hope Lee, looks at which brands and categories can win in Brazil's beverage market over the next few years. 


Seedlip founder, Ben Branson, doesn"The on-trade doesn't realise it can up-sell on a Coca-Cola" - Interview, Seedlip founder, Ben Branson 28 Jun 16

Andy Morton

Last month, UK producer Seedlip launched the second expression in its range of self-described "non-alcoholic spirits". Seedlip Garden follows the launch in November of the original Seedlip, which sold out three times in high-end London retailer Selfridges and has caught the attention of bartenders with its positioning as an adult-aimed, non-alcoholic base for cocktails. Seedlip founder Ben Branson says the spirit - a distillation of botanicals including herbs, fruit and bark - is a riposte to non-alcoholic drinks that depend too heavily on sugary fruit blends, and offers a solution to the problem of "what to drink when you're not drinking". just-drinks spoke to Branson ahead of the launch of Seedlip Garden about his early successes, interest from Bahraini royalty and why the industry needs to get on-board the non-alcoholic category.


Constellation Brands will report its first-quarter results on ThursdayConstellation Brands' Q1 results - Preview 28 Jun 16

Lucy Britner

Constellation Brands will report its first-quarter results on Thursday. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the three months to the end of May:


The ISFAR is unimpressed with recent research from New ZealandPulling apart poor research linking alcohol consumption and cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 188 28 Jun 16

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

Previous scientific research has shown that heavy alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for upper aero-digestive cancers, and even light drinking increases slightly the risk of breast cancer in women. A recent study is based on a very small number of cases of cancer in New Zealand, tabulated separately for Maori and non-Maori subjects. The research applies estimates of alcohol effects from other population-based studies.


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Olly Wehring

This weekend sees yet another “International Day” for a drinks category. Lucky us. Anyway, ahead of Sunday’s International Cachaça Day, here’s a wealth of information on Brazil’s national spirit, courtesy of Gruppo Campari’s Sagatiba cachaça brand.


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