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Is Brown-Forman at the end of the SoCo road?

Much as Brown-Forman would not be drawn on reports last week that its Southern Comfort whiskey liqueur has been put up for sale, the brand's...

Constellation Brands H1 results - Preview

Constellation Brands will announce its half-year and second-quarter results on Wednesday (7 October)....

Is South African wine about to crack the US?

Last week, an email dropped into the inbox of Hannes Spangenberg, brand manager for South African winery Excelsior. It was from his US impor...

Is Heineken right to jump in bed with Lagunitas? -

Heineken has roared out of the craft beer blocks with news yesterday it was taking a 50% stake in Lagunitas Brewing Co....

Latest Interviews

What next for Lucas Bols? - CEO Interview 21 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Lucas Bols has seen a lot of changes recently. Earlier this month, just-drinks spoke to CEO Huub van Doorne about the company's IPO earlier this year, as well as the increasingly-crowded US spirits market and how best to target China's new cocktail culture.

Why did Mast-Jägermeister buy Sidney Frank? 10 Aug 2015

Andy Morton

Last week, Mast-Jägermeister, the German owner of the Jägermeister herbal liqueur, took control of its US distributor Sidney Frank Importing Co. Part of Mast-Jägermeister's new strategy to control distribution in its core markets, the acquisition was otherwise noteworthy because of the important role Sidney Frank has played in Jägermeister's global rise.With Jägermeister sales in the US under pressure, Mast-Jägermeister is looking to move away from its famous brand's reputation as a party shot and embrace the new craft spirits culture. But, as Mast-Jägermeister executive board member Michael Volke told just-drinks from New York last week, not completely away.

Latest News

Stoli USA makes Bayou Rum first third-party brand 6 Oct 2015

Olly Wehring

The US arm of SPI Group has secured “master distributor” status for the Bayou Rum portfolio in the country, with international expansion also likely in the future.

US spirits trade welcomes TPP agreement 6 Oct 2015

Lucy Britner

The US spirits trade has welcomed the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal this week.

Diageo adds serving facts to whisky labels 6 Oct 2015

Lucy Britner

Diageo claims to be the first alcohol company to include a serving facts panel on its spirits packaging in the US.

Blackheath moves into brand development 6 Oct 2015

Lucy Britner

Connecticut-based marketing and sales firm Blackheath Beverage Group has expanded its business to include the development of wine and spirit brands.

PepsiCo raises guidance as YTD NA beverages climb 6 Oct 2015

Olly Wehring

PepsiCo has upped its full-year EPS forecast, after reporting a lift in both group and North America Beverages sales in the first nine months of its fiscal year.

Southern creates Beam Suntory education role 6 Oct 2015

Lucy Britner

US distributor Southern Wine & Spirits of America has created a national director of education role for its Beam Suntory portfolio.

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