just For Subscribers - The week in drinks
The most popular items among just-drinks subscribers this week
Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:
It is billed as the UK's biggest gin show to date, and when the three-day Junipalooza opens on 6 June in the east end of London, some of the brightest new names in the industry will present samplings and masterclasses. just-drinks caught up with a few of the attendees to grill them on the future of gin, and whether they'd be willing to cash in on their success if the big companies came knocking.
Once a month, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what's going on in-market to promote a responsible role for alcohol in society.
The decision this week by UK-based charity Comic Relief to pull its investments in alcohol companies looks like one that has been taken to calm a perceived braying mob.
The ongoing shortage of Corona around the world may actually prove beneficial for Anheuser-Busch InBev in the US. Throw in the FIFA World Cup, which starts next month, and the brewing behemoth could be in line for a bumper 2014.
The London Wine Fair takes on its new guise next week after scrubbing the “International” from its name and moving west to London's Olympia exhibition complex. Here, just-drinks talks to some of the exhibitors who missed out on last year's event at ExCel and asks why they are keen to return to the revamped show.
The Republic of Ireland has long been tagged, for good or bad, as being a hard-drinking nation. The charity Alcohol Action Ireland claims that Irish adults "binge-drink" more than any of their European compatriots.
In this month's look at sustainability issues in the drinks industry, Ben Cooper argues that, however much has been done in the past in this arena. there is always more that can - and should - be done going forward.
So what is causing hop prices to rise? Are US craft brewers to blame? And could this lead to more craft players selling out to big beer firms?
Mergers and acquisitions have to varying degrees been important in shaping the different alcoholic drinks categories. More recently, with Suntory Holdings’ acquisition of Beam Inc, Emperador’s pending purchase of Whyte & Mackay and Diageo’s numerous buys in emerging markets, the spirits category has been in the spotlight, with brewers having been far quieter thanks to significant consolidation already having taken place in beer. Wine companies, in contrast, have learnt to be more circumspect following a spate of activity around the turn of the century.
Last week, the owner of Drambuie put the Scotch whisky liqueur brand up for sale. Ian Buxton considers Drambuie's history and the potential runners and riders.
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