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Putin's Coca-Cola dig misses the mark 19 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has had its fair share of critics this year, from health campaigners to investor David Winters, who this week called for CEO Muhtar Kent to be replaced.


Season of goodwill? Not if you're the UK health lobby 15 Dec 2014

James Wilmore

The UK health lobby is always very vocal on alcohol at this time of year, predictably so, and this year is no different.


Carlsberg builds new life from Copenhagen brewery 15 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

“Ah, yes, you've hit upon a very sensitive area,” says Thomas, my guide at the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen last Friday.


Scotch whisky firms learn the value of leftovers 9 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

Experimentation has long been a watchword in the Scotch whisky industry. It is what has given consumers the huge range of ageing options, from refill hogsheads to virgin oak to Sherry butts.


Coca-Cola courts controversy over milk ad 5 Dec 2014

James Wilmore

Advertising can be a strange beast.


Sidel wants you to see the light(weight bottles) 2 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

PET bottle maker Sidel has created a cost calculator that claims to show how much money a beverage company can save by switching to less heavy packaging.


US beer called "filthy water" as Czech president gets patriotic 25 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

The long-running spat between US and Czech brewers stepped up a notch this week after the Czech president described American beer as “filthy water”.


Has beer gone to the dogs? Will it make you feel ruff? Has it got... OH, FORGET IT! 21 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

I've stopped short of covering it as a product launch story on just-drinks, but take a look at this. Released this month in the UK, Snuffle Dog Beer is already available in 25 markets.


PepsiCo caught in Amazon attack 21 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

PepsiCo received high praise when it announced it was to launch its stevia-based Pepsi extension True exclusively on Amazon in the US.


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

James Wilmore

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.


A drink that makes you thin? 19 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has spent a lot of money recently fighting accusations that soft drinks make you fat.


The answer to our prayers - Christmas corporate gift packs 18 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

A new survey released today reveals that while 50% of UK workers would choose alcohol as a Christmas present from their employees, just 7% would opt for a charity donation sent on their behalf.


The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up 18 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring Carlsberg, SABMiller, Campari, Monster Beverage Corp and the Australian wine industry.


Historic Glenfiddich tastes so sweet 14 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

Last night, I was lucky enough to get a taste of history.


From medicine to wine: IWSC president Catena offers a good dose 13 Nov 2014

James Wilmore

A large swathe of wine and spirits folk gathered for the IWSC's annual awards banquet at London's Guild Hall last night.


Live Blog – Bacardi Triangle, Puerto Rico - Saturday 1 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

It's the last full day of 'Bacardi Triangle', a three-day event held in Puerto Rico for competition winners and guests of the spirits company.


Live Blog – Bacardi Triangle, Puerto Rico - Friday 31 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Yesterday was long. Very, very long. What started with an alarm in London at 0530 GMT ended with a Bacardi eight-year-old nightcap in Puerto Rico at 0730 GMT the following morning.


Bacardi Triangle, try to see it from my angle 30 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

This weekend, Bacardi is hosting a three-day music event on the private island of Palomino just off the coast of Puerto Rico.


The just-drinks Readers' Survey 2014 - We have a winner 28 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Warmest thanks to all of you who filled in our annual readers' survey this month. The results are very important for us to learn from and look to improve our service to you.


Jaegermeister shot culture in Portman Group firing line? 27 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

Today's news that German spirits firm Mast-Jägermeister has joined UK responsible drinking organisation The Portman Group may raise eyebrows in some quarters.


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

Andy Morton

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

Andy Morton

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.


Beer cocktails abound as SABMiller gives Peroni a push 16 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer.


The brewing landscape - who owns who? 13 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Take a look at this, a fascinating infographic detailing the acquisitions - and brands - of the world's biggest brewers.


The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up 13 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo, SABMiller, the Scotch whisky category and the US wine market.


Will Heineken's bid for at-home market - The Sub - hit the spot? 10 Oct 2014

James Wilmore

Heineken has stepped up its focus on stay-at-home drinkers with the roll out of its latest 'draught beer at home' concept - The Sub - to its domestic market.


Vimto's walk-on role in Ebola fight 9 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported - in an article headlined “I'll fight off Ebola with bottles of Vimto” - that a Liberian self-proclaimed bishop was holding prayer sessions to ward off the deadly virus. In the stead of communion wine, the bishop is using Nichols' sparkling herb-based fruity pop.


Drugs blow for UK beer sales but wine still on a high 6 Oct 2014

Andy Morton

Last week the UK's Office for National Statistics decided, for the first time, to include the money spent on illegal drugs in the country's national accounts. Intriguingly, it revealed that UK consumers spend more on heroin, cocaine, crack, cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy than on beer.


The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up 6 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring Russia's brewing travails, stevia and Treasury Wine Estates.


The just-drinks Readership Survey 2014 6 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

We have just launched our first readership survey in two years.


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