Beverage Industry Insights

Brewdog's Pink IPA was designed to challenge sexist marketing. But, was it successful?

Why targeting by gender failed in 2018

As 2018 rolls to a close and we survey the wreckage of what has certainly been an 'interesting' year, one annoying trend jumps out at me; th...

The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into alcohol's relationship with developing gastric cancer

Alcohol and stomach cancer - ISFAR Critique

There have been conflicting results from studies of the association between alcohol intake and the risk of gastric cancer. Some of the diffe...

Where will Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes focus his energies in the years ahead?

What are Diageo's priorities for the years ahead?

As part of just-drinks' deep-dive into the trends that have driven Diageo's performance over the last five years, Richard Woodard considers...

Will beverage packaging have to change to suit ecommerce needs?

Coca-Cola and packaging's ecommerce evolution

just-drinks spoke to a number of industry figures working to recalibrate beverages to ecommerce demands, including The Coca-Cola Co, Heineke...

The stevia plant, was used to sweeten Coke Life and Pepsi True

Why future for low-cal soft drinks looks brighter

In recent years, the health & wellness trend has set the scene for low-calorie soft drinks to boom. The US, however, has provided little but...

SPI Group unveiled AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila earlier this month

Stoli Group’s AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila- Comment

I have to doff my cap to SPI Group, for its tie-up with Australian rock band AC/DC. The launch this month of AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila loo...

Why water will be more important than wine in the years ahead - Comment 13 Nov 18

Changes to the global climate have long had an effect on wine producers. Recent extremes, however, have upped the ante. Wine commentator Chris Losh considers the drought-affected landscape of today, and warns of how the situation will likely deteriorate tomorrow.

Campari Group's Aperol-infused Q3 bonanza - What just-drinks thinks 7 Nov 18

There will likely be smiles in Milan this week, with Campari Group's HQ beaming after the company's bumper third-quarter results yesterday. And, who'd blame them?

Thought Leaders

  • RASTAL – the Glass for Enjoyment

    RASTAL – the Glass for Enjoyment

    Over the past 100 years, RASTAL has become a highly regarded partner to renowned clients operating in the national and international beverage arena, in the hospitality ...

Drinks Industry News

Coca-Cola Co boosts raw data capture

Andy Morton | 20 Nov 18 Coca-Cola's Freestyle soda fountain is in line for a few data-capture upgrades

The Coca-Cola Co is looking to use technological innovations such as facial recognition on its US soda dispensers, to increasingly side-step Google and Nielsen in the search for better consumer data.

Former Treasury exec joins C Mondavi & Family

Olly Wehring | 19 Nov 18 C Mondavi & Family is home to brands including Charles Krug

US wine group C Mondavi & Family has appointed a former employee of Treasury Wine Estates as its next CFO.

The Macallan makes global ad debut for Edrington

Lucy Britner | 19 Nov 18

Edrington has released the first global advertising campaign for its single malt Scotch whisky, The Macallan.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:24pm 20 Nov 2018)

Lucas Bols stays steady in H1 - results

Healthy Protein's Vieve Watermelon Protein Water

Carlsberg to boost UK alcohol-free portfolio

Bacardi's Aultmore 21yo, Craigellachie 33yo

Ian Macleod plots Edinburgh Gin distillery

Thatchers Cider's Thatchers Rosé Cider - NPD

Court awards Monster Beverage US$5m

Constellation Brands lines up US Svedka campaign

Beverage Industry Interviews

"The future isn't to get concerned about monolithic brands like Bacardi and Smirnoff, but to encourage and focus on the innovators" - Interview - Amber Beverage Group CEO Seymour Ferreira 30 Oct 18

Andy MortonAmber Beverage Group is part of the SPI Group empire

Amber Beverage Group is a good example of a mid-tier alcohol company. Part of the SPI Group, the company employs around 2,000 across its production sites in the Baltics, Russia, Mexico and the UK. It also distributes global brands including its own Riga Black Balsam and Moskovskaya vodkas across the world. According to CEO Seymour Ferreira, Amber prides itself on having global reach while remaining small enough to be as agile as a start-up. Earlier this month, just-drinks sat down with Ferreira to talk about how to compete with the giants of the industry, the difficulties of finding good distributors and why cannabis and low-alcohol offer attractive growth for the future.

Free Craigellachie 51 YO, Bacardi's single malts strategy and a tough stance on age statements - Interview - Bacardi's global brand director for malts, Ian Taylor 26 Oct 18

Lucy BritnerCraigellachie 51-year-old will be given away in four countries - UK, US, Australia and South Africa

Today, Bacardi has released a 51-year-old single malt Scotch from its Craigellachie distillery in Speyside, Scotland - the company's oldest single malt release so far. In a rare move, Bacardi has chosen to give away the expression free of charge. In an exclusive interview with just-drinks, the company's global brand director for malts, Ian Taylor, outlines the strategy behind the decision and sheds some light on Bacardi's play in single malts.

"We've got to be part of a wider ecosystem to succeed" - Daniel Grubbs, MD of the PepsiCo Ventures Group 18 Sep 18

Dean BestInterested companies have until 12 October to join PepsiCo's North America scheme

PepsiCo is to take its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator programme to North America after launching the initiative in Europe, where it is in its second year. Dean Best spoke to PepsiCo executive Daniel Grubbs about why the US food and drinks giant is bringing the scheme to its domestic market, what it has learnt so far and why such programmes are important strategically to one of the largest players in the sector.

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

IGD Digital Commerce 2018 - The Future of Retail

IGD Digital Commerce 2018 - The Future of Retail

In October, research company IGD held the 2018 edition of its Digital Commerce conference. Here is a round-up of just-drinks content on the show, which featured presentations from Amazon,, Diageo and Heineken

Cape Wine 2018 - A look at the South African wine industry

Cape Wine 2018 - A look at the South African wine industry

In September, Cape Town played host to the Cape Wine exhibition. just-drinks was there to take the temperature of the South African wine market and see what lies ahead.

TFWA  Global Travel Retail World Exhibition & Conference 2018

TFWA Global Travel Retail World Exhibition & Conference 2018

This week, the Global Travel Retail world converged on Cannes in France for the annual TFWA exhibition & conference. Here's a full round-up of just-drinks' coverage from the show.

The Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto

The Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto

In September, Trend Hunter held its World Summit Future Festival in Toronto. Here's the round-up of just-drinks' coverage of the event

Drinks Market Research

International whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and

International whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

This is the fourth title in our latest series of global category reports, published in partnership with The IWSR. Containing latest released 2017 actual market data and new forecasts to 2022, this offers the very latest global category insights for the international whiskies sector (predominantly covering US, Irish, Canadian and Japanese whiskies).. Read more

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North America - ISA Region Report

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Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

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Opportunities in the Global Spirits Sector: Analysis of Opportunities Offered by High Growth Economies

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