Blog: James WilmoreThe 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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Analysis - SABMiller, the soft drinks company

It's not like we weren't warned. After all, it was only two weeks ago that SABMiller's CEO lauded the potential for soft drinks in emerging markets....

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US beer called "filthy water" as Czech president gets patriotic

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”....

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

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....

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just the Facts - SABMiller, Coca-Cola Co, Coca-Cola Sabco form Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

Yesterday, SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Co and Gutsche Family Investments - the owner of Coca-Cola Sabco - announced their intention to combine their bottling operations in east and southern Africa. Here,...

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PepsiCo caught in Amazon attack

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

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

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....

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