Beverage Industry Insights

Diageo has highlighted rising consumer interest in the seltzer category

Diageo in North America - Focus

Last week, the head of Diageo's operations in North America, Deirdre Mahlan, hosted a conference call with analysts to update them on the co...

The soft drinks & bottled water categories felt the heat from their use of plastic in 2018

The soft drinks category in 2018 - Review

The past year has seen significant change in the soft drinks and water sectors, precipitated by that immutable force - necessity. A look bac...

Among the challenges and opportunities lined up for next year, the soft drinks category must get to grips with its questionable environmental performance in the eyes of consumers

The soft drinks category in 2019

In just-drinks' soft drinks & bottled water review of 2018, we looked back at the year just passed. But what is in store for 2019? We take a...

Brown-Forman has a strong presence in the more exciting spirits segments, according to Cowen & Co's Vivien Azer

Why Brown-Forman will be one of spirits' winners

Much has been written this year - not least by just-drinks - about the global trade war between the US and pretty much everybody else. As ta...

Pernod Ricard has this week faced criticism from an activist investor

Should Pernod dump wine, bunk up with Brown-Forman

It's been a tough week for Pernod Ricard. On Wednesday, activist investor Elliott Management, which has built up a 2.5% stake in the French...

The future of cannabis in food & drinks is the second report in our new FUTURES series

The future of cannabis in the drinks industry

The future of cannabis in the food and beverage industry will be worth billions. In fact, the continued legalisation of the drug for recreat...

Ian Curle - the quiet CEO who dragged Edrington into the 21st Century - Comment 12 Dec 18

2018 is the year a CEO exodus ripped through the spirits industry. Constellation's Rob Sands, Beam Suntory's Matt Shattock and Brown-Forman's Paul Varga all gave notice of their departures.

2019 - The year of at-home drinks machines - Focus 12 Dec 18

As in-home technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, consumers continue to look for ways to entertain in their own space. Here, just-drinks looks at the rise of at-home drinks dispensers and why they will fit into the future of home consumption.

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 ...

  • Sweegen: Zero in on Stevia

    Sweegen: Zero in on Stevia

    Consumers world-wide are looking for sugar-reduced and zero-sugar products that still have the familiar sweet taste we all know and love. Stevia not only provides that sugar-...

Drinks Industry News

Diageo to plough US$130m into new Kentucky plant

Andy Morton | 14 Dec 18 Diageo's main North American whiskey brand is Bulleit Bourbon

Diageo is to invest US$130m in a new Kentucky distillery to increase production capacity for its Bourbon and American whiskey brands.

Coca-Cola targets "enhanced" recycling

Andy Morton | 14 Dec 18 Coca-Cola is aiming to make more of its bottles out of recycled plastic

The Coca-Cola Co is stepping up efforts behind so-called "enhanced recycling" in a bid to make higher-grade plastic out of recycled waste.

TFWA elects Alain Maingreaud as new head

Andy Morton | 14 Dec 18 Maingreaud is an associate director and former MD of TFWA

The Tax Free World Association, the trade body for Global Travel Retail, has elected Alain Maingreaud as its next president, replacing long-term incumbent and TFWA co-founder Erik Juul-Mortensen.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:01pm 18 Dec 2018)

Pernod buys into African e-commerce platform

Carlsberg UK names Tomasz Blawat CEO

Flow Glow CBD-infused water - NPD

Fratelli Branca to distribute De Luze Cognac

US underage, binge drinking levels hit new lows

Diageo lines up Amazon Alexa whisky tasting app

Heineken seeks new board member as chair resigns

Takara Shuzo's Tomatin 50 Year Old - NPD

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

Diageo Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

Diageo Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

just-drinks picks through Diageo's performance over the past five years for the trends set to affect the group, specifically, and the global spirits category, more broadly.

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.

Drinks Market Research

Global RTD & cider insights - market forecasts, product innovation and cons

Global RTD & cider insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

This is the fifth 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 RTDs and cider sectors.. Read more

Published: December 2018 - ($2793.00)

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

Published: November 2018 - ($2793.00)

Drinkable Yogurt (Dairy & Soy Food) Market in China - Outlook to 2022: Market Size, Growth and Forecast Analytics

Published: October 2018 - ($500.00)

Pernod Ricard Groupe in Spirits (World)

Published: October 2018 - ($572.00)

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in Beer (World)

Published: September 2018 - ($572.00)

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