Beverage Industry Insights

What does 2019 have in store for the brown spirits category?

What's coming up in spirits in 2019? - Predictions

After the excesses of December, brown spirits commentator Neil Ridley takes a cursory glance into what 2019 is likely to bring, including a...

Dan Jago joined Berry Bros & Rudd as CEO in mid-2015

Another drinks CEO steps down - But, why?

Barely two weeks into a new year and the drinks industry already has its first CEO departure. With a raft of drinks leaders announcing in 20...

Global Tequila and mezcal insights, written by just-drinks and The IWSR, has been published this week

Where will the future take Tequila & mezcal?

The long-term success story for Tequila looks set to continue in the years ahead, but there are challenges looming. Clouds on the horizon in...

Constellation Brands is the latest wine producer of scale to target higher-priced wine over value brands

Wine's race to the top - whither value?

Goodness me, they're all at it! Wine's major players all appear to be singing from the same hymn sheet, the title of which is 'Premiumisatio...

Heineken will up the ante in China's premium beer segment this year

A-B InBev - getting ready for Heineken in China?

Today's reports on Anheuser-Busch InBev in Asia have focused on the brewer's debt pile. But, could the potential launch of an IPO in the reg...

What does 2019 have in store for the wine category?

What's coming up in wine in 2019? - Predictions

This month, our category commentators are lining up to share with us their thoughts on how 2019 will shape their respective sectors. Here's...


What's coming up in soft drinks in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 8 Jan 19

Over the coming weeks, just-drinks' category commentators will share with us their thoughts on how 2019 will shape their respective sectors. First up, Richard Corbett looks at the soft drinks and bottled water categories.


UFC entry to spirits ring has lessons for industry and its celebrity infatuation - Comment 8 Jan 19

September was a big month for spirits and the combat sport known as mixed-martial arts, or MMA. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest promoter in MMA, signed its first vodka partnership, with Nemiroff. A few days later Heaven Hill Brands came onboard with UFC through a partnership for its Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum.

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

Keurig Dr Pepper lines up chairman switch

Lucy Britner | 14 Jan 19 Keurig Dr Pepper was formed last year

The board of directors at Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has elected the company CEO as its new chairman.


A-B InBev drone project checks out-of-stock SKUs

Andy Morton | 14 Jan 19 Pensa Systems uses drones to take photos of SKUs on shelf and detect if they are out of stock

Anheuser-Busch InBev throws light on inventory "black hole" with in-store drones


Quintessential to open Thomas Dakin gin distillery

Andy Morton | 14 Jan 19 Quintessential's new gin distillery for its Thomas Dakin brand will include a visitor's centre

The UK's Quintessential Brands is to open a Manchester city centre distillery for its Thomas Dakin gin this Autumn.

Recent News - (Updated: 3:41pm 15 Jan 2019)

Pernod offloads Argentinean wine brands, vineyards

Diageo launches Game of Thrones single malt range

Letterbox-friendly wine bottle hits the UK

Diageo to sell Indian winery Four Seasons Wines

Another year of growth for Cognac exports - data

Greene King names Madame Tussauds head as next CEO

Coca-Cola launches non-alcoholic cocktail drinks

Salcombe Brewery Co's Island Street Porter - NPD

Beverage Industry Interviews

"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.  


"We've got to be a little different and break some of the moulds" - just-drinks meets Distell CEO Richard Rushton - Part II 4 Jan 19

Olly Wehring

Late last year, just-drinks spoke to Richard Rushton, CEO of Distell, in London. In part two of our exclusive interview, Rushton tells us about the group's plans outside of Africa and how Distell aims to become a larger player internationally, while also riding the wave in markets closer to home.


"It was a lot harder without the power of Diageo behind me" - Ami-Lynn Bakshi, co-founder of Cafe Agave & former Diageo executive 4 Jan 19

Andy MortonThe 12.5%-abv Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew is made with agave syrup and a cold-brew concentrate

Last year, Ami-Lynn Bakshi launched one of the first alcoholic cold-brew coffee RTDs in the US, the 12.5%-abv Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew. Before helping to pioneer the hard coffee category, she spent 20 years working for Diageo in a number of roles around the world, including North American innovations head and American whiskey marketing director. Here, Bakshi tells just-drinks what she learned from her time with the spirits multinational and how those lessons are informing her new career as a beverage entrepreneur.

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

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.

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, JD.com, 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.

Drinks Market Research

Global Tequila and mezcal insights - market forecasts, product innovation a

Global Tequila and mezcal insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

This is the last report of our 2018 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 Tequila and mezcal sectors.. Read more

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Competitive Strategies in Alcoholic Drinks

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Country Profile: Wine in Germany

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Country Profile: Wine in the UK

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Country Profile: Wine in Russia

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