Beverage Industry Insights

More and more consumers are turning to veganism, providing an opportunity for soft drinks producers

How soft drinks can milk (or not) the vegan trend

just-drinks' soft drinks commentator, Richard Corbett, returns this month with some advice on how companies can capitalise on the growing po...

The latest critique from The ISFAR considers recent research into the beneficial health effects of wine

Alcohol's part in wine's health effects - ISFAR

While epidemiologists have long noted that wine consumers tend to have better health outcomes than consumers of other alcoholic beverages, i...

Cees 't Hart became Carlsberg's CEO in mid-2015

Carlsberg Performance Trends 2013-2017 - data

When Carlsberg bought out the remaining 15% stake in the Russian Baltic Beverages Holding joint-venture in 2012, securing outright ownership...

The new joint-report from just-drinks and The IWSR, which looks at the rum category, is available now

Can rum walk the line between fun and serious?

Once hailed as the 'next big thing' in the spirits industry, rum has underachieved in recent times on the global stage - but the sector coul...

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey is keen to turn the company into a 'total beverage' player

Why is The Coca-Cola Co moving into alcohol?

Spirits are obviously high at The Coca-Cola Co. As well as delivering a well-received full-year performance last month, the soft drinks make...

Jean-Francois van Boxmeer became CEO of Heineken in 2005

Heineken Performance Trends 2013-2017 - data

In mid-February, Heineken released its results for 2017. The brewer posted a 5% increase in sales for the 12 months, on a 3% lift in volumes...

What can the beer industry learn from Heineken? - Comment 6 Mar 18

Heineken has released its 2017 results and, despite the generally-depressed state of the global beer market today, the group reported some very positive trends. It therefore merits consideration with an eye towards what others in the brewing business and, indeed, the drinks industry, in general, can learn from the world's number two brewer.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - February 2018 6 Mar 18

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during February.

Thought Leaders

Drinks Industry News

Henkell & Co set to acquire Freixenet control

Olly Wehring | 15 Mar 18

Henkell & Co is poised to announce its purchase of majority control of Spanish Cava producer Freixenet in the coming days, just-drinks understands, almost two years after rumours of an acquisition first surfaced.

A-B InBev makes wine move with Swish stake buy

Olly Wehring | 13 Mar 18

Anheuser-Busch InBev has made its second incursion into the wine category, through the acquisition of a stake in US-based Swish Beverages.

Industry unveils EU-wide alcohol labelling ideas

Olly Wehring | 13 Mar 18 The industry-wide proposal for alcohol labelling was delivered to the European Commission yesterday

Seven alcohol trade associations operating in Europe have teamed up to deliver their self-regulatory proposal covering the on-pack detailing of ingredients and nutritional information.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:26pm 19 Mar 2018)

Henkell & Co details Freixenet stake purchase

Bordeaux wine prices set to climb on low volumes

American whiskey earmarked for EU duties counter

Union des Vignerons des Côtes du Rhône details NPD

Champagne sales approach US$6bn in 2017

Concha y Toro extends Bourbon-Aged Zinfandel

Conviviality CEO Diana Hunter departs

Baron Philippe de Rothschild confirms MD exit

Beverage Industry Interviews

"Consumers are smarter than ever before - and not just about wine" - just-drinks meets E&J Gallo Winery's GM for EMEA, Paul Sorrentino 14 Mar 18

Lucy BritnerE&J Gallo Winery is the world's largest exporter of Californian wine

Earlier this month, Paul Sorrentino, E&J Gallo Winery's general manager for Europe, the Middle East & Africa, came to London for the UK launch of a range of higher-end wine expressions from the group. While in town, he spoke to just-drinks about the new wines, as well as looking at how Gallo finds out what consumers want as well as the future for the Dark Horse brand.

"Our ambition is to make Scotch the number one international spirits category in China" - Interview - Cristina Diezhandino, Diageo's Scotch category director & MD of Reserve brands 8 Mar 18

Lucy Britner'Looking at Johnnie Walker alone, we now have a blending team with an even ratio of men and women' - Cristina Diezhandino

In the same week as International Women's Day, the National Association for Female Executives named Diageo's North American unit as one of 2018's 'Top 60 Companies for Executive Women'. The news follows a raft of pledges from Diageo, through both its business and its brands, to champion equality. To mark International Women's Day, just-drinks talks to Cristina Diezhandino, Scotch category director & MD for Diageo's Reserve portfolio, about working in the whisk(e)y sectors, the future of Scotch and how bartenders are helping to propel Reserve brands.

"In other companies, it would have taken us three years to do what we have done in past six months" - just-drinks meets Stoli Group CEO Hugues Pietrini 26 Feb 18

Andy MortonStoli Group is owned by SPI Group

Late last week, the head of Stoli Group, Hugues Pietrini, was in London for a few days. While in town, news & insights editor Andy Morton met him for lunch to talk about executive churn, the prospects for Stolichnaya and Stoli's continued expansion into other spirits sectors.

just-drinks Blog

Starbucks jumps on gin bandwagon

Lucy Britner, just-drinks editorial team Lucy Britner | 14 Mar 18

Starbucks has become the latest company to tap into the gin craze, with the launch of Starbucks Reserve Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew.

Feeling Blue on Monday? Help is at hand

Olly Wehring, just-drinks editorial team Olly Wehring | 15 Jan 18

It may not be scientific, but the third Monday in January has been coined 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year. Dreamed up in the UK by a psychologist commissioned by a holiday company 14 years ago, there's method in the madness: Lousy weather, post-Christmas blues, last pay-day feels ages ago, next pay-day barely on the horizon...

Bad day on the beer? This'll help

Olly Wehring, just-drinks editorial team Olly Wehring | 3 Nov 17

If you work for a brewer and are having a rough week, take a minute to regain some perspective with this, from the good people at US craft beer producer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beverage Hot Issues

Anheuser-Busch InBev 2017 results - Round-up

Anheuser-Busch InBev 2017 results - Round-up

In early-March, Anheuser-Busch InBev reported its results for the 12 months of 2017. Here's a full round-up of just-drinks' coverage of the brewer's numbers.

Minimum Unit Pricing - The Full Story

Minimum Unit Pricing - The Full Story

In mid-November, three drinks industry trade associations lost their appeal against proposals to introduce Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol in Scotland. Here's just-drinks' full coverage of the move, which clears the way for MUP's introduction in the country.

Diageo performance trends 2013-2017 - results data

Diageo performance trends 2013-2017 - results data

In late-July, Diageo released its full-year results for fiscal-2017. Here, just-drinks considers Diageo's performance over the past five years.

TFWA World Exhibition 2017

TFWA World Exhibition 2017

This week, the Travel Retail world converged on Cannes in France for the TFWA exhibition. just-drinks was in tow, so here's a round-up of our coverage.

Drinks Market Research

Global rum insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer tre

Global rum insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

The global rum category added some 32.3m nine-litre cases between 2006 and 2011 to hit a high-water mark of 150m cases (including low-priced and value segments). Then the category went into reverse, losing around 10.1m cases between 2012 and 2016. But the prospects are brighter for the higher value segments of the rum category, with the IWSR predicting a positive CAGR of 1.3% to 2021, reaching 57.8m cases in the process... Read more

Published: March 2018 - ($1500.00)

Our Changing Energy Routine: Global Energy Drinks, Caffeine and Energy-Boosting Products

Published: February 2018 - ($1325.00)

Carbonates in the US

Published: February 2018 - ($990.00)

Hot Drinks 2018: New Insights and System Refresher

Published: February 2018 - ($1325.00)

Fine Wines/Champagne and Spirits in the US

Published: February 2018 - ($660.00)

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