Blog: The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up
Olly Wehring | 3 February 2014
On just-drinks last week:
- We started to see the number of headaches affecting our industry start to get out of hand: The latest company to develop a migraine was Treasury Wine Estates. Much as Treasury has flagged its problems of late in the US and in China, things got an awful lot worse last week, when a suspension of trading on Tuesday was followed by a profits warning the next day. Sure enough, shareholders were not impressed. Can Treasury’s tough times get any tougher?
- In spirits - and beer, and wine - Diageo hogged the headlines, first with the purchase of a further addition to its Tequila portfolio and then, on Thursday, with the release of a soft set of half-year numbers. Much as the analyst community found nothing in the numbers to cause too much longer-term concern, the company’s announcement of a savings programme for the years ahead may cause sleepless nights for some of its employees in the coming weeks.
- SodaStream continued to milk its self-positioned ‘plucky upstart’ status ahead of yesterday’s SuperBowl with the release of an ad that - once again - was blackballed by the event’s broadcasters. Hats off to the company for securing the services of someone as high profile as Scarlett Johansson as a global brand ambassador, but how much longer does it intend to push its wares by poking its rivals?
- The brewing industry said its final farewell last week to Graham Mackay, theformer CEO of SABMiller who passed away late last year. Ahead of a memorial service in London on Friday, which was attended by the CEOs of both Carlsberg and Heineken, our beer commentator, Larry Nelson, looked back at the career of a major shaper of today’s brewing landscape.
Finally, we invite you, dear just-drinks subscriber, to peruse this month’s management briefing, which sees Euromonitor consider what 2014 has in store for the global drinks industry. And, if you’re not yet a subscriber to just-drinks, head over here to rectify that, post-haste.
Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste....
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....
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. ...
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....
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- Comment - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka?
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- SABMiller's troubles fuel M&A rumours
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Beam Suntory, Edrington part ways in Travel Retail
- TWE unveils Penfolds range after CEO's "bold move"