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Brown-Forman sees "upstarts" hamper vodka pricing 3 Dec 2014

The CEO of Brown-Forman has flagged the growth of rival vodka “upstarts” such as Tito's Handmade Vodka as driving a “brutally competitive” vodka category in the US.

just The Preview - Brown-Forman Q2 & H1 1 Dec 2014

On Wednesday, Brown-Forman will report its second-quarter and first-half results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the company's performance in the three months to the end of October:

Comment - Budweiser's Main Problem? It's Budweiser 27 Nov 2014

Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a fascinating article that looks at the more recent performance – or lack thereof – of Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand in the US.

Interview - Dogfish Head president 26 Nov 2014

Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, is one of the figureheads of the US craft beer scene. The Delaware-based firm's tagline is "Off-centred ales for off-centred people". Here Calagione, also a TV star, explains Dogfish's future plans, his attitude to the big brewers and why US craft brewery closures are inevitable.

Analysis - Could MillerCoors turn over new leaf? 25 Nov 2014

This month, my just-drinks colleague James Wilmore took on the question of why MillerCoors has yet to join in the rush to snap up the US's best-performing craft brewers.

Latest News

CCBCC increases franchise footprint 19 Dec 2014

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated (CCBCC) has further increased its franchise territory in the US as part of its agreement with The Coca-Cola Co.

Wines of South Africa unveils US campaign 19 Dec 2014

A new campaign from Wines of South Africa (WoSA) is hoping to educate US consumers on the quality and heritage of South African vineyards.

Ca di Rajo to launch sparkling wine in US 19 Dec 2014

Italian vineyard Ca di Rajo is to launch its Italian sparkling rose wine Epsilon into the US.

Bacardi, Pernod Ricard welcome US-Cuba deal 18 Dec 2014

Bacardi and Pernod Ricard have each expressed their support for yesterday's agreement between Cuba and the US to normalise relations.

Gruppo Campari US unit head steps down 18 Dec 2014

Gruppo Campari has confirmed that the head of its US division has left the company.

Mahou San Miguel to take 30% stake in Founders 18 Dec 2014

Mahou San Miguel, the Spanish brewer, is capitalising on the growth of the US craft brewing market by taking a 30% stake in Founders.

Diageo welcomes verdict on Crown Royal "confusion" 18 Dec 2014

Diageo has claimed victory in a legal battle with Mexcor over its Crown Royal Canadian whisky brand.

Bebida Beverage Co plans stock restructure 18 Dec 2014

Bebida Beverage Co (BeBevCo) is to push ahead with a stock restructure to boost its chances of making acquisitions.

Coca-Cola Co cancels American Idol tie-up 18 Dec 2014

The Coca-Cola Co has ended its 13-year sponsorship of US TV show American Idol.

Constellation forms JV, buys glass plant 17 Dec 2014

Constellation Brands has completed its US$300m acquisition of Anheuser-Busch InBev's glass production plant in Mexico with new JV partner Owens-Illinois.

Latest blogs

Diddy shows he's a Diageo man with prod at Patron 19 Nov 2014

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, the US rapper and entrepreneur, has publicly turned against his apparent former favourite Tequlia brand, Patron, now that he is joint-owner of DeLeón Tequila.

Flavour stick "ages whisk(e)y three years in 24 hours" 20 Oct 2014

Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste.

US lacks bottle for craft soda revolution 17 Oct 2014

PepsiCo created a stir last week with the news it is testing a product called Caleb's Kola, with some in the media claiming it was the beginning of a new “craft soda” category.