Beverage Industry Insights

Sweetness may have been successful in the past, but rum producers have much more to offer consumers, argues Neil Ridley

Why rum should ignore its past to win today

In this month's outing, just-drinks' dark spirits commentator, Neil Ridley, tells us how it took a trip to the most unlikely of locations to...

Heineken has boosted its global presence under van Boxmeer's tenure

Heineken’s footprint leaves big shoes to fill

This week featured what analysts have dubbed a "big 24 hours" for the world’s second-largest brewer....

Incoming Heineken CEO Dolf van den Brink has experience in a number of important markets

Van Boxmeer leaves behind a more worldly Heineken

When Anheuser-Busch InBev CFO Felipe Dutra announced last week was was stepping down, his replacement - another Brazilian man - did little...

The new coronavirus was first discovered in humans in Wuhan, China

How will the coronavirus impact beverages?

In 2003, I was living in Taipei at the height of the SARS panic. The city was a sea of facemasks and hand sanitiser. Taipei's crowded public...

Bushfires in Australia have garnered much press attention worldwide in recent months

Will Australia's bushfires bring on wine burn-out?

This year started with Australia dominating the news headlines. Chris Losh considers what the country's bushfire crisis has done - and will...

Anheuser-Busch InBev is trying to pay down debt from its SABMiller acquisition

Why is Anheuser-Busch InBev losing its CFO?

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a global brewer but its management is a sturdy coterie of Brazilian men who have been there since the start of the c...

How slowing H1 growth could shape Diageo's future - analysis 4 Feb 20

"The minute you react to short-term volatility, that's when businesses get into trouble" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes

How can drinks firms connect with consumers on climate action? – Sustainability Spotlight 31 Jan 20

The New Year - and decade - have begun much as the last ones ended, with climate change making headline news and a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl delivering uncomfortable truths to an audience of elite grown-ups. This month, the alphas on the receiving end of Greta Thunberg's uncompromising words and unsettling, piercing stare were gathered for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

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Drinks Industry News

How did Beam Suntory perform in 2019? - data

Olly Wehring | 17 Feb 20

Suntory Holdings has positioned China and India as target markets for Beam Suntory, following another year of mid-single-digit sales growth for the US-based spirits division.

Ongoing spirits tariffs "causing rough seas"

Olly Wehring | 17 Feb 20 The global trade war is having a damaging effect on spirits producers in both the US and the EU

The US Government has maintained the high tariffs on some European Union spirits imports, drawing the ire of trade associations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Campari Group Full-Year 2019 - preview

Olly Wehring | 17 Feb 20 Bob Kunze-Concewitz will head up Campari Group's 2019 results announcement, tomorrow

On Tuesday, Campari Group will report its results from both the fourth quarter and the full year of 2019. For the first nine months of last year, the Milan-headquartered company reported a 7% increase in sales. Here's a look at the news that will likely shape the group's performance in the three months to the end of December.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:33pm 17 Feb 2020)

Britvic signs sustainability-linked finance deal

CCEP to tie sustainability to executive pay

Pernod Ricard braces for coronavirus hit

Bacardi ends North Asia Pacific president role

Big Drop Brewing Co rolls out pack redesign

Angostura recruits former Diageo exec as CEO

Molson Coors CEO defends lager from seltzer boom

PepsiCo happy with Lipton JV despite sale talk

Beverage Industry Interviews

"Powers is the sleeping giant of Irish whiskey" - Interview - Irish Distillers global marketing director Brendan Buckley 11 Feb 20

Andy MortonA redesign of the Powers Irish whiskey brand was unveiled late last year

Brendan Buckley is the global marketing director for Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers unit, owner of the Jameson whiskey brand. As Irish whiskey continues to grow in popularity outside of its core US market, just-drinks spoke to Buckley about raising the awareness of Irish Distillers' other brands. He also talked about the recent success of rival whiskey Proper No. 12, fronted by mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, as well as moves to ramp up Jameson's e-commerce footprint.

"The minute you react to short-term volatility, that's when businesses get into trouble" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes 31 Jan 20

Olly Wehringjust-drinks spoke exclusively with Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes in London yesterday

Earlier this week, Diageo released half-year results that showed sales growth slowing to +4%. Following the announcement, just-drinks editor Olly Wehring sat down with group CEO Ivan Menezes to drill down into the numbers.

"Let me say right here, plastic in itself is not the issue" - Interview - Refresco CEO Hans Roelofs 31 Jan 20

Andy MortonRefresco is looking to balance its co-packing and private-label businesses

just-drinks deputy editor Andy Morton spoke to Hans Roelofs, Refresco CEO for almost 13 years, about why we can expect more US M&A activity from the group. Roelofs also gives his inside take on the CCEP purchase and talks about plastic's position as a priority for the soft drinks industry.

Latest Industry Insights

What's coming up in white spirits in 2020?

Richard Woodard | 28 Jan 20 How will 2020 treat the white spirits brand owners?

Rounding off our category previews for the year ahead is Richard Woodard, who runs his customarily expert eye over what we can expect to see...

What is the outlook for CBD in Europe? - Focus

Simon Creasey | 27 Jan 20 CBD-infused drinks are launching at an increasing rate in Europe and the US

Recent comments from regulators in Europe have left some in the food and beverage industry worried about what's ahead for the region's nasce...

Forget the Cola Wars, here comes the Coffee War

Andy Morton | 24 Jan 20 PepsiCo's Pepsi Cafe is due to launch in the US in April

About two years ago, on holiday in Sicily, I fell deeply in love with coffee. I'd never really drunk it before, but since that first tentati...

Beverage Hot Issues

Round-up - coronavirus outbreak 2020

Round-up - coronavirus outbreak 2020

The Wuhan coronavirus has caused deaths and forced stringent travel restrictions in China. Here is a round-up of just-drinks' coverage of the outbreak.

just-drinks predicts - 2020 forecasts for the global drinks industry

just-drinks predicts - 2020 forecasts for the global drinks industry

just-drinks' bank of category commentators takes a look at what will shape the beer, soft drinks, spirits and wine categories in the year ahead.

just-drinks' Top Tens of 2019

just-drinks' Top Tens of 2019

At the end of another lively year for the global drinks industry, we look back at the most-popular comment pieces, analyses, interviews and news stories on just-drinks in 2019.

just-drinks speaks to Montanya Distillers CEO Karen Hoskin

just-drinks speaks to Montanya Distillers CEO Karen Hoskin

In October, the co-founder & CEO of Montanya Distillers was in London for the city's annual Rum Week and Rumfest. Karen Hoskin found time to meet with just-drinks to tell the story of Constellation Brand's stake purchase in July.

Drinks Market Research

Top Growth Opportunities: Wine in Singapore

Top Growth Opportunities: Wine in Singapore

Top Growth Opportunities for Wine in Singapore provides recommended actions and detailed analysis of how to target the best growth opportunities for Wine producers and retailers. Readers can understand what categories, channels, companies, and consumers will drive the success of Wine markets in Singapore through GlobalData’s detailed and robust data, expert insight, and case studies... Read more

Published: December 2019 - ($2995.00)

Quarterly Beverage Tracker Third Quarter 2019: United Kingdom

Published: November 2019 - ($995.00)

Opportunities in the Eastern Europe Spirits Sector

Published: December 2019 - ($2100.00)

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