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Caipirinha Facts! 8 Jun 2016

Olly Wehring

This weekend sees yet another “International Day” for a drinks category. Lucky us. Anyway, ahead of Sunday’s International Cachaça Day, here’s a wealth of information on Brazil’s national spirit, courtesy of Gruppo Campari’s Sagatiba cachaça brand.


The Coca-Cola Co's downward trajectory 8 Jun 2016

Andy Morton

In yet one more sign that The Coca-Cola Co is losing its lustre, the soft drinks maker has, for the first time, fallen out of the top ten of a 'world's biggest brands' ranking.


Which calories count? 8 Jun 2016

Lucy Britner

What a week for stats! Yesterday, the Beverage Marketing Corporation released figures to show the bottled water market had more than doubled over the past 15 years in the US.


Footy or beer? No, you can't have both 7 Jun 2016

Olly Wehring

The Euro 2016 football tournament is almost upon us.


Badet Clement celebrates 20 years, and a new type of French consumer 3 Jun 2016

Andy Morton

Just-drinks in is the French wine making region of Languedoc for the 20th anniversary of Badet Clement, one of France's most active wine brand owners.


The brutal truth behind India's temperance movement 25 May 2016

Andy Morton

Some people in India believe alcohol should be more difficult to purchase. Last month, the state of Bihar halted all alcohol sales as its chief minister made good on an election promise.


How to test Heineken's sense of humour 18 May 2016

Olly Wehring

Greetings from Zurich. Here as a guest of Heineken's Amstel brand, I'm due to sit down later today with the group's senior global director for international brands, Walter Drenth.


Which spirits category is the next big thing? 13 May 2016

Lucy Britner

Drinks companies spend a lot of money on trying to predict trends. At last night's Worshipful Company of Distillers City debate, any strategists in the audience got a bit of forecasting for free.


Aperol Spritz - Just the one. A large one? 12 May 2016

Olly Wehring

I'll admit to being partial to an Aperol Spritz now and again, more usually in the summer months, sitting outside, shades on, slowly turning more golden/rusty.


Boston Beer Co "just plain ugly" for TV money man 9 May 2016

Andy Morton

Jim Cramer, the excitable host of stock-picker programme Mad Money on CNBC, turned his attention on US brewers last week, attempting to forecast which has the most potential for investors.


Bartender tip shows softer side to Diageo's World Class cocktail battle 6 May 2016

Andy Morton

This week, Diageo held a UK semi-final for its global World Class cocktail competition.


People want to drink beer in cafes 6 May 2016

Lucy Britner

The rules have changed. The goal posts have... gone?


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?


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