United Kingdom: Latest beverage news & analysis
Six months ago, Accolade Wines fired a broadside at the South African wine industry, warning that if wine makers don't get busy building brands then their collective future looks bleak.
On Thursday (28 January), Diageo will report its half-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at how the group has fared in its second quarter, the three months to the end of December:
There is an air of uncertainty ahead of the release of Diageo's half-year results, due on Thursday.
Since Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover plans for SABMiller were confirmed, the world has scrutinised the deal, the fall-outs, the brands and which bits would be kept or sold.
In a trading update earlier today, SABMiller reported a 5% lift in sales during the nine months to the end of December. The top line also grew in the third quarter, by 7%. Here, we look at the nine- and three-month performance by region. All results are on an organic basis.
Speyside Distillers has arranged funding to the tune of GBP2.3m (US$3.3m), to help deal with "increased worldwide demand" for its Scotch whisky portfolio.
South American wine producer Concha y Toro's UK unit has confirmed the renewal of its Sky Movies partnership, after a "record year of sales".
English winemaker Chapel Down has released what it claims is England's first single varietal Albariño.
SABMiller has defended its zero corporation tax bill in the UK, saying running costs for its head office in the country swallow up all profits.
UK soft drinks maker Cawston Press has appointed its first permanent managing director.
Mateus rosé producer Sogrape has named Gonçalo Sousa Machado as the new managing director of its UK division.
C&C Group has rebranded Scottish sales and distribution company Wallaces TCB to Tennent’s.
UK spirits producer Quintessential Brands is to take distribution of the Greenall’s and Bloom gin brands in-house, ending a four-year agreement with Matthew Clark's Catalyst Brands.
Gordon & MacPhail has readied the global roll-out of a 35-year-old iteration of its Benromach Scotch whisky brand.
The UK arm of Pernod Ricard has released a no-age-statement iteration of its Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky in the country.
Women don't get drunk - and certainly not on Heineken.
Companies are very protective of their brand image. So it is refreshing to hear Diageo's Garbhan O’Bric, the global brand director for Baileys, speak the unvarnished truth when talking about the liqueur's recent past.
Alcohol companies love a good movie tie-in. A brush with Hollywood glamour seems to give marketers the warm and fuzzies, judging by the number of deals done over the past few years. The new James Bond movie, for example, has both Heineken and Moët Hennessy's Belvedere vodka on board.
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