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The IARD Digest - February 2019

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at...

The Dublin Liberties Distillery opened this week

Behind the scenes at Dublin Liberties Distillery

Yesterday, the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney, closed the door on the third still at Quintessential Brands' The D...

Consumer concerns about plastic packaging mean the issue is getting plenty of attention from politicians

Why the plastic crisis is bigger than Brexit

Public policy and corporate action in relation to plastic packaging were always likely to remain much-discussed topics in 2019. Less than tw...

Earlier this year, Asahi bought the London Pride beer brand from Fuller, Smith & Turner

The just-drinks Analyst returns

The just-drinks analyst returns! This month, Ian Shackleton runs his investor eye over the latest set of drinks companies' results. He also...

What would happen to Pernod Ricard's Absolut vodka in the event of a sale?

Diageo/LVMH move for Pernod won't wash

A couple of years ago, during a debate in London, former Diageo CEO Paul Walsh said that an acquisition was worth any price, provided you be...

Diageo is set to reopen its Port Ellen distillery on the Scottish island of Islay

How to win the marketing war in spirits

Our brown spirits commentator, Neil Ridley, has had his passion for whisky reignited, thanks to a recent trip to the Scottish island of Isla...


Where will Pernod Ricard look for growth in 2019-2021? - Focus 15 Feb 19

Earlier this week, following the release of results for the first half of the current fiscal year, Pernod Ricard came to London to look both backwards and forwards. At the presentation, CEO Alex Ricard discussed the group's priorities for the three years starting in July 2019.


Is cannabis M&A in US craft beer a life raft or an exit strategy? - Comment 14 Feb 19

Back in 2017, the US craft beer industry was figuring out the best way to get its hands on more money.

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

TWE North Asia head moves to Accolade

Andy Morton | 19 Feb 19 Accolade Wines has created the Asia regional MD position for Peter Dixon

Accolade Wines has poached its new Asia head from rival Treasury Wine Estates as the battle for share in China heats up.


UK Government opens plastics tax consultation

Lucy Britner | 19 Feb 19 Plastic packaging accounts for around 44% of plastic used in the UK

The UK Government has announced a consultation into its plans to introduce a tax on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.


BrewDog to support US brewery on diversity mission

Andy Morton | 19 Feb 19

BrewDog is to donate GBP200,000 (US$260,000) to a new American brewery that claims people of colour have been excluded from the craft beer industry.

Recent News - (Updated: 1:29pm 21 Feb 2019)

PepsiCo to expand "beyond-the-bottle"

Constellation's Bourbon-aged wine to hit 1m mark

Don Sebastiani targets Tequila in US - data

Zamora ups international ante in France and Mexico

Quintessential unveils US$13m Dublin distillery

Heineken lowers CEO pay by 9%

Treasury brings Embrazen wine brand to UK - data

PepsiCo to acquire CytoSport unit from Hormel

Beverage Industry Interviews

"Africa is Asia in 15 to 20 years from today" - just-drinks speaks to Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard 19 Feb 19

Olly Wehring

Earlier this month, Pernod Ricard released its results for the second half of 2018. The group posted a 7.8% increase in sales from the six months to the end of December, with the top-line rising by 5.6% in the last quarter. Last week, just-drinks spoke to group CEO Alex Ricard in London, following a presentation to UK media about Pernod's half-year performance.


"We've still got a job to do" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes 1 Feb 19

Olly WehringIvan Menezes became CEO of Diageo in July 2013

Earlier this week, Diageo released its results for the second half of 2018. The group posted a 7.5% increase in sales from the six months to the end of December. Late yesterday, just-drinks spoke to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes as he travelled between media interviews in London.


"The need to open a bottle 'just to be seen' is going away" - just-drinks meets Piper-Heidsieck Champagne's global executive director, Benoit Collard 7 Jan 19

Lucy BritnerPiper-Heidsieck sells around 85% of its Champagne outside of France

Late last year, Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck released two expressions under its prestige cuvée brand, Rare. A bottle of Rare Le Secret High Jewellery, which costs around US$150,000, features a precious stone embedded "in the heart of interwoven bands of gold set with 510 diamonds". It was released in partnership with jeweller Mellerio. The second expression, Le Secret Goldsmith, is limited to 1,000 magnums and carries an RRP of around $1,650. Shortly after the launch, just-drinks sat down with Benoit Collard, global executive director for Piper-Heidsieck, to talk about prestige cuvée consumers and what the future holds for Piper-Heidsieck.  

Latest Industry Insights

Heineken 0.0's march to global success - Analysis

Lucy Britner | 14 Feb 19 Heineken 0.0 launched in the US in January

The general move towards moderation might not be music to the ears of some alcohol producers, but for companies that are out ahead with alco...


Future of personalised nutrition - FUTURES vol. 4

Lucy Britner | 13 Feb 19 How long before our DNA determines what we drink?

The demand for personalisation is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Consumers are starting to consider their own genetic make-up when it...


Six trends shaping cannabis beverages

Andy Morton | 12 Feb 19 Cannabis beverages are a growing force in the food & drink retail market

The eyes of the global cannabis industry were on London last month as some of the biggest companies in the category rolled up to the Future...

Beverage Hot Issues

just-drinks FUTURES

just-drinks FUTURES

The FUTURES series is designed to look at what will disrupt the drinks industry and offer insight into what businesses can start to do now, in order to prepare.

Super Bowl 2019 - What our industry has planned

Super Bowl 2019 - What our industry has planned

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest marketing opportunities in the US for the drinks industry. Here's a round-up of the activities we can expect to see around Sunday's game.

just-drinks predicts - 2019 forecasts for the global drinks industry

just-drinks predicts - 2019 forecasts for the global drinks industry

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

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.

Drinks Market Research

United National Breweries (SA) (Pty) Limited - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate

United National Breweries (SA) (Pty) Limited - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

United National Breweries (SA) (Pty) Limited - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report, is a source of comprehensive company data and information.. Read more

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National Wine & Spirits, Inc. - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

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Brown-Forman Corporation - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

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Spirits Global Industry Guide 2013-2022

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AEON Co Ltd (8267) - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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