Blog: Olly Wehring2008: How was it for you?

Olly Wehring | 19 December 2008

Those eagle-eyed readers among you may have noticed that we have begun publishing reviews of the year for different sectors of the industry.

We began with beer yesterday, and moved on to spirits today, charting the major events of the last 12 months and examining how they have shaped the industry for the future. Next week comes the turn of wine and soft drinks. 

Naturally, our insightful comments on the year's events don't come for free. You have to be a member to gain access. Click here to sign up. 

Feel free to send in your most memorable drinks-related event of 2008. You can contact us at


SABMiller's last word

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions....


"Buy a Mountain Dew and enjoy it"

No, this is not PepsiCo's new ad slogan for its Mountain Dew brand....


Did Alibaba's 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival flop?

Major wine players flocked to China ready for online giant Alibaba's 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival, which took place on 9 September....


Is Vietnam about to curb late-night drinking?

In May, Heineken's CEO, Jean-François van Boxmeer, called Vietnam the "poster child" for international beer thanks to strong demographics and growing demand....

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