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Does Oscar glory beckon for 'Mr Heineken'? 23 Feb 2015

Andy Morton

Alcohol always has a big presence at the Oscars, albeit mostly in a supporting role.


Is pisco preparing to make some noise? 19 Feb 2015

Andy Morton

Business is booming at copper pot still makers Chalvignac - you can tell from the loud noise coming from its factory floor in the French town of Jarnac-Champagne.


Heineken has eye on the (soccer) ball in US 12 Feb 2015

James Wilmore

Heineken is betting big on the long-term opportunity around soccer in the US.


Sierra Nevada heralds its new hop oil beer - video 6 Feb 2015

James Wilmore

California's Sierra Nevada Brewing Co is very proud of its new Hop Hunter IPA, which contains hop oil.


Djokovic learns Chinese as Jacob's Creek tries to love-all 2 Feb 2015

Andy Morton

Tennis player Novak Djokovic was on top of the world yesterday after defeating Andy Murray in four sets to take the Australian Open title.


At Coca-Cola Co, it's not just the head count that's getting smaller 29 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co is in the middle of a major restructuring plan, affecting jobs around the world. The company is also downsizing its packaging.


Scotch is great, says Scotch Whisky Association 28 Jan 2015

Olly Wehring

To support the release of its latest report, entitled ‘The Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK’, trade body The Scotch Whisky Association has released this video, highlighting the size, scale and importance of the Scotch industry.


Polish vodkas prove their worth in Ukraine 26 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

One, perhaps minor, consequence of the conflict in Ukraine appears to be a fall in sales of Russian vodka in the country.


Diageo distilleries welcome you to their virtual world 23 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

Diageo has jumped onboard Google's latest interactive maps and is opening up the virtual doors to four of its distilleries.


Chile with Concha y Toro - Day III 22 Jan 2015

Olly Wehring

A very early start today, with Carla Errazuriz from Concha y Toro's fine wine division picking me up from our Santiago hotel at 0700.


By George! It's a whiskey still being built in two minutes - video 21 Jan 2015

James Wilmore

Ever wondered how a whiskey still gets built?


Chile with Concha y Toro - Day II 21 Jan 2015

Olly Wehring

After yesterday's introduction to Chile, today was all about Concha y Toro – that's to be expected, seeing as they invited me here.


Chile with Concha y Toro - Day I 19 Jan 2015

Olly Wehring

Buenas dias from Chile. I'm here as a guest of the UK arm of Concha y Toro for the week, during which I'll be shown the company's wine-making operations not only here but over the border in Argentina.


IWSC plays fair for white spirits as Scotch and poetry flows 19 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

At a Burns Night supper in Kings Cross last week, the team from the International Wines and Spirits Competition were letting their hair down.


Will the Keurig Cold create an environmental monster? 13 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

Take a look at this smartly-made (and very effective) spoof monster movie highlighting the waste involved with Keurig Green Mountain's K-Cup brewing system.


What price the 'Budweiser bordello'? 12 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

Branding comes in all shapes these days. But, is Budweiser the only beer brand to be associated with a brothel?


Charlie Hebdo 8 Jan 2015

Olly Wehring

As a journalist of over ten years, I was shocked and appalled by yesterday's attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.


Blend it like Ballantine's? Pernod offers travellers interactive 'experience' 2 Jan 2015

James Wilmore

With Travel Retail becoming increasingly important to drinks firms it's no surprise that the means to attract consumers are becoming more sophisticated.


Putin's Coca-Cola dig misses the mark 19 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has had its fair share of critics this year, from health campaigners to investor David Winters, who this week called for CEO Muhtar Kent to be replaced.


Season of goodwill? Not if you're the UK health lobby 15 Dec 2014

James Wilmore

The UK health lobby is always very vocal on alcohol at this time of year, predictably so, and this year is no different.


Carlsberg builds new life from Copenhagen brewery 15 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

“Ah, yes, you've hit upon a very sensitive area,” says Thomas, my guide at the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen last Friday.


Scotch whisky firms learn the value of leftovers 9 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

Experimentation has long been a watchword in the Scotch whisky industry. It is what has given consumers the huge range of ageing options, from refill hogsheads to virgin oak to Sherry butts.


Coca-Cola courts controversy over milk ad 5 Dec 2014

James Wilmore

Advertising can be a strange beast.


Sidel wants you to see the light(weight bottles) 2 Dec 2014

Andy Morton

PET bottle maker Sidel has created a cost calculator that claims to show how much money a beverage company can save by switching to less heavy packaging.


US beer called "filthy water" as Czech president gets patriotic 25 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

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”.


Has beer gone to the dogs? Will it make you feel ruff? Has it got... OH, FORGET IT! 21 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

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.


PepsiCo caught in Amazon attack 21 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

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


Diddy shows he's a Diageo man with prod at Patron 19 Nov 2014

James Wilmore

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.


A drink that makes you thin? 19 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has spent a lot of money recently fighting accusations that soft drinks make you fat.


The answer to our prayers - Christmas corporate gift packs 18 Nov 2014

Andy Morton

A new survey released today reveals that while 50% of UK workers would choose alcohol as a Christmas present from their employees, just 7% would opt for a charity donation sent on their behalf.


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