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To the morgue for Thai drink drivers 12 Apr 2016

Lucy Britner

Would the thought of working in a morgue stop you from drink driving?


Heineken plays 'hard' ball in US cider 12 Apr 2016

Andy Morton

You would be forgiven for thinking that the US cider boom is over. Sales growth of as much as 90% in the past few years has shrunk to double figures.


PepsiCo's Johnston's new Twitter role is hard to Tweet 8 Apr 2016

Andy Morton

The drinks industry could do more to benefit from new technology.


Lessons from the past in PepsiCo heir-apparent talk 31 Mar 2016

Andy Morton

The soft drinks world is abuzz today over what an executive shake-up at PepsiCo might mean to on-going speculation over CEO Indra Nooyi's successor.


The argument against sugar tax made simple 30 Mar 2016

Andy Morton

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.


Is Kelsey Grammer building a brewery? 30 Mar 2016

Lucy Britner

It looks like actor Kelsey Grammer is set to become the latest US craft brewer. 


PepsiCo reveals 1893 Pepsi - video 21 Mar 2016

Andy Morton

PepsiCo has unveiled footage of its upcoming soda, Pepsi 1893.


Some things don't add up at The Coca-Cola Co 25 Feb 2016

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co is smarting after an EU court setback in its attempt to trademark a new bottle design.


How many Prosecco brands can you name? 17 Feb 2016

Andy Morton

At a media breakfast in London, Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard gave an interesting response to a question he's no doubt asked a lot.


Make way craft, here come the indie brewers 2 Feb 2016

Andy Morton

Could it happen? According to this report, a section of the beer community wants to ditch the word craft. They prefer instead the term “Indie” for brewers they believe follow the enlightened path of the artisanal producer. In other words, they are sick of the big boys moving into what they consider their hallowed turf.


Kent's dire warning puts Coca-Cola woes in the shade 25 Jan 2016

Andy Morton

The global elite were in Switzerland last week for the World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual corporate huddle for the rich and powerful. The CEO of The Coca-Cola Co, Muhtar Kent, was there too, despite his company arguably being slightly less rich and powerful this year after some bruising quarters in the marketplace. 


PepsiCo wakes up and smells the latte 20 Jan 2016

Andy Morton

With The Coca-Cola Co stealing yesterday's limelight with its new united marketing strategy for brand Coke yesterday, a Forbes interview with PepsiCo North America Beverages' new CMO, Seth Kaufman, slipped under the radar.


Coke Life threatens Coca-Cola's united front 19 Jan 2016

Andy Morton

It is a bold attempt to regain a measure of control in the ever-spiraling debate about sugar. But will The Coca-Cola Co's new marketing strategy - which for the first time ties all of the Coke family of brands together - have the desired effect?


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

Lucy Britner

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


Ex-Kraft CFO - Is Boston Beer Co readying a sale? 11 Jan 2016

Olly Wehring

This may have slipped under the wire at the end of last year, but could a pre-Christmas HR announcement signal Boston Beer Co's preparedness for a sale?


All AB InBev wants for Christmas is more craft beer buys 23 Dec 2015

Andy Morton

As Anheuser-Busch InBev picks up yet another craft brewer ahead of the festive season, you have to wonder about its seemingly scattergun acquisitions strategy. Did the management team get one of those “Beers of the World” boxes at the office Christmas party?


Prohibition hangover lingers despite Ontario's shift 18 Dec 2015

Andy Morton

This week, consumers in Ontario were able to go into a supermarket and buy beer.


Reynier takes on Irish whiskey with credit in the bank 9 Dec 2015

Andy Morton

Does this picture, taken today, show a turning point in the history of Irish whiskey?


Are you fodmap-compliant? The latest health fad uncovered 23 Nov 2015

Andy Morton

Forget gluten-free. Fodmaps are the latest food trend, and if you work in the soft drinks industry it is important to know where you stand with them.


Baileys and the "bellwether of naffness" 18 Nov 2015

Andy Morton

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.


From pixels to pilsner - how video games are moving into alcohol 26 Oct 2015

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 2015

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.


Tax Free World Association - Day one: Cruise ships and Rudy Giuliani 21 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Cannes this week the Tax Free World Exhibition. Here's the first 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.


Tax Free World Association - Day two: Diageo defends Haig Club as Pernod Ricard backs Jameson 21 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Cannes this week 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.


Beer-hemoth? Eight ideas for a Anheuser-Busch InBev/SABMiller name 14 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

With the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller deal nicely on its way, the real business can begin in earnest - thinking up a new company name.


Bar Convent Berlin - Day two: Startups and fishy gin 7 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Berlin this week for Bar Convent Berlin. Here's the second and final part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of Europe's most important dates in the alcohol industry's calendar.


Bar Convent Berlin - Day one: A bigger beginning 6 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Berlin this week for Bar Convent Berlin. Here's the first part of Andy Morton's daily blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of Europe's most important dates in the alcohol industry's calendar.


Well played, Lucozade 5 Oct 2015

Lucy Britner

Responding to criticism on social media is tough. You've got to engage the consumer without starting an argument and - ideally - get them on side.


The Keurig Kold - what's under the hood? 29 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Want to know how The Coca-Cola Co-backed Keurig Kold - released in the US yesterday - works?


AB InBev's Brito might not recognise a hop, but he knows a good deal 29 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

While analysts mull the numbers of Anheuser-Busch InBev's impending offer for SABMiller, there's a timely reminder in The Times newspaper this week that the proposed deal may yet fall victim to other vagaries.


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