Blog: The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

James Wilmore | 16 December 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, we kicked-off our usual category reviews of the year. My global look at beer and cider is here.

Elsewhere last week, Carlsberg revealed it will have a new UK CEO from next month. Meanwhile, the region's brewers are ploughing on with a high-profile campaign to get people to drink more beer despite a TV ad getting banned. 

Bacardi also ran into advertising hot water over the latest spot for its Dewar's Scotch whisky in the US. Just-drinks’ managing editor Olly Wehring looked at the lesson to be learnt from the episode

Accolade Wines finally announced who its new CEO will be, more than a year since Troy Christensen vacated the position. Australian winemakers also revealed how they plan to get the industry back on track

In soft drinks, Coca-Cola announced it is resplitting its North American unit, while Spanish bottling group Iberian Partners revealed a number of site closures

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Is Diageo’s US$1bn Casamigos play expensive? Who cares? - Analysis

Diageo was keen yesterday to make a big noise about its latest M&A play. At up to US$1bn, we shouldn't be too surprised. But, that didn't stop several analysts expressing surprise at what the group ha...

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The (temporary) return of Paul Walsh to the drinks debate

Paul Walsh just can't stay away from the drinks industry....

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Budweiser races to stock Mars bars

For those people looking to the Red Planet as shining utopia away from all things earth, look away now....

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When life gives you lemons, make soap

Bacardi's 42 Below vodka brand has found a novel way to use the lemons left over from cocktail-making: Turn them into liquid soap....

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Small measures required as Philadelphia soda tax adds up

Philadelphia’s soda tax came into force on Sunday, and is reportedly causing a stir in the city's check-out aisles....

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