Blog: The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up
Olly Wehring | 3 March 2014
On just-drinks last week:
- Anheuser-Busch InBev released its full-year results on Wednesday. While the top-line figures show no major cause for concern (sales up by 3%, profits up by 10%), dipping volumes in 2013 were described by the brewer as "below expectations". Wall Street appeared less worried, however: Could A-B InBev soon be crowned 'The King of Drinks'? For a full round-up of our coverage of the numbers, click here.
- PepsiCo must be getting tired of having to repeat itself, after its latest rejection of Trian Partners' call for the US company to split its operations on Friday. It is clear that its findings of a strategic review, unveiled earlier in the month, have not placated the fund manager. So, what will?
- We heard an interesting take on the future for white spirits from an executive at William Grant & Sons last week. Is there such a thing as loyalty at the premium end of the sub-category? Meanwhile, in Scotland, a brace of companies voiced their concerns should the pending independence vote find in favour of the move. The silence from the Scotch whisky industry on the matter, I feel, has been deafening.
- Some more figures showed a healthy state of affairs for the wine industry last week: California is celebrating a record year for exports in 2013. With Chile reporting similarly upbeat numbers in mid-February, is the wine category shaping up for an upbeat 2014?
We start our daily preview of this month's ProWein exhibition today. Leading up to the event, which opens in Dusseldorf on 23 March, we'll provide a run-down of which companies will be attending and what they will be highlighting. For your firm to appear in the ProWein daily diary, email details to email@example.com.
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?
- Heineken to stay "active player" in beer M&A - CFO
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Beam Suntory, Edrington part ways in Travel Retail
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- TWE unveils Penfolds range after CEO's "bold move"