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Interview - Seedlip founder, Ben Branson 28 Jun 2016

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.


The post-Brexit winners and losers - Analysis 27 Jun 2016

The markets have had the weekend to digest the possible implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU. Here is a summation of what the analysts are saying about UK-listed beverage companies, and those that have an interest in the UK consumer.


Can fruit cider survive UK slowdown? - Focus 22 Jun 2016

It was 1997 and Anders Nanne knew Rekorderlig had hit the big time. The co-creator of the Swedish cider was driving out of Gothenburg airport and saw an empty Rekordelig can in a small wood. "When you see it as garbage, that's when you know it's a big brand."


How to stay ahead in wine e-commerce -Virgin Wines 7 Jun 2016

The concept of selling wine online may not be a new one but, as more companies look towards 'home-trade' and the likes of Amazon and eBay enter the market, established players need to stay ahead of the game. Virgin Wines CEO Jay Wright tells just-drinks how his firm looks to grow it relevance in an increasingly-crowded market place.


Interview - Conviviality CEO Diana Hunter 4 May 2016

Earlier this week, UK drinks company Conviviality agreed to purchase Bibendum PLB for GBP60m (US$88.5m), in what the country's Wine and Spirit Trade Association CEO Miles Beale called a "potentially seismic deal" for the industry. 

Latest News

St Austell Brewery takes over Bath Ales 1 Jul 2016

The UK's St Austell Brewery Co has bought fellow English brewer and pub company Bath Ales for an undisclosed sum.


C&C trims UK fruit cider output as demand falters 30 Jun 2016

C&C Group has cut UK production of its non-apple and pear Magners cider production as it admits consumers are suffering from "flavour fatigue". 


Lack of post-Brexit plan trashed by UK trade body 30 Jun 2016

The director general of UK trade association the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has criticised the UK government for not having a coherent plan in place in the event of a Brexit vote, following the first meeting of business leaders since the referendum.


Carlsberg to close UK distribution arm 29 Jun 2016

Carlsberg will cease to run its own distribution services in the UK.


Greene King CEO issues Brexit warning 29 Jun 2016

The CEO of UK brewer and pub operator Greene King has warned Britain's decision to leave the EU will hit consumer confidence.


Boston Beer brings in Jon Potter to CMO role 27 Jun 2016

The Boston Beer Co has appointed its first chief marketing officer as it struggles against falling sales and volumes.


Purity Soft Drinks targets Juice Burst sales boost 27 Jun 2016

The UK's Purity Soft Drinks is aiming to double sales over the next three years as it continues to invest in its Juice Burst brand.


Kopparberg launches UK summer cider campaign 27 Jun 2016

Swedish fruit cider company Kopparberg has launched a 'multi-million pound' marketing campaign in the UK, as it looks to connect drinkers with the provenance of the brand. 


C&C Group will be a Brexit victim - analyst 27 Jun 2016

An analyst has heaped further misery on C&C Group, saying the Magners owner will "suffer severely" from the UK's decision to leave the EU.


UK spirits producers braced for Brexit impact 24 Jun 2016

The UK spirits industry is preparing itself for short-term losses following the decision to leave the European Union. 

Latest blogs

People want to drink beer in cafes 6 May 2016

The rules have changed. The goal posts have... gone?


The argument against sugar tax made simple 30 Mar 2016

Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO John Brock came out fighting against the UK government's proposed sugar tax, saying he doesn't think it will pass unchanged.


Where have all the good men gone? - Heineken's latest ad 15 Jan 2016

Women don't get drunk - and certainly not on Heineken.