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This week in beer and cider

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global beer & cider categories. We also have similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled...

Mahou San Miguel - just the Facts

just-drinks is in Madrid today as a guest of Mahou San Miguel. Here's a look at how the company has grown to become Spain's beer market lead...

Alcohol's association with breast cancer - ISFAR

Most observational epidemiologic studies have shown a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer for women who consume alcohol; the degree...

Whatever happened to binge Britain? - comment

Ten years ago today, when the new Licensing Act came into effect in the UK, I was a cub reporter on licensed-trade newspaper The Morning Adv...

Latest Interviews

Interview, Lidl's UK head of beer, wine & spirits 13 Nov 2015

Olly Wehring

In part two of this week's just-drinks interview, Ben Hulme, Lidl's head of beer, wines & spirits in the UK, discusses how the company has worked to change its reputation with both its customers and its suppliers, the role that brands have played - and could continue to play - and Minimum Unit Pricing.

The Lidl effect on the new off-trade landscape 10 Nov 2015

Olly Wehring

As is often the case when meeting a person widely held to be “one of the most important people in the drinks industry”, Ben Hulme doesn't appear to live up to such superstar perceptions. Since joining Lidl in 2010, Hulme has progressed from its graduate trainee scheme to become the German-headquartered supermarket chain's head of beer, wines & spirits - a position he has held since June.

Latest News

India's Bihar state readies alcohol ban 27 Nov 15

Olly Wehring

Bihar is the latest state in India that will ban the consumption of alcohol, fulfilling an election pledge by the state's Chief Minister.

Craft, imports near 50% share in US on-trade 25 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Craft and imported beers continue to take volume share from regular and light in the US on-trade and are quickly moving towards accounting for half of the market, new figures show.

Coney Island Hard Ginger & Orange Cream Ale 24 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Boston Beer's Coney Island Brewing Company has launched two new flavours in its line of soda-inspired ales. 

Small Town unveils Not Your Father's Ginger Ale 24 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Small Town Brewery has launched a new alcoholic soft drink it hopes will emulate the success of Not Your Father's Root Beer.

Heineken backs cider to take 5% of US beer 23 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Heineken has said US cider can grow to 5% of the beer market despite a recent slowdown.

Constellation chases US$400m for Ballast Point buy 23 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Constellation Brands is to borrow US$400m to help finance its acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Latest blogs

From pixels to pilsner - how video games are moving into alcohol 26 Oct 15

Andy Morton

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.

Tax Free World Association - Day three: Beam Suntory's big boat and Patron's virtual home 22 Oct 15

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Cannes this week at the Tax Free World Association show. Here's the second part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.

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