Beverage Industry Insights

Heineken's purchase of Lagunitas offers a template for international brewers to grow in the coming years

How beer faces the growth challenges of tomorrow

Bringing the curtain down on 2018, our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks at the growth-driving strategies of the past and p...

What will 2019 have in store for the global beer industry?

The beer category in 2019 - just-drinks predicts

In just-drinks' beer review of 2018, we looked back at the year just passed. But what is in store for 2019? We take a peek into our crystal...

It's been yet another lively year for the global brewing industry

The beer category in 2018 - Review

As the end of the year approaches, just-drinks takes a four-part look at the stories that made the headlines in 2018 across the global drink...

China and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement in 2015

Australia - the wine to watch in China in 2019

Australia's wine producers will be looking forward to 2019, as wine tariff rates in China, the industry's largest export market, hit the max...

Death's Door's bankruptcy filing last week has thrown the spotlight on the longer-term sustainability of the craft spirits segment

Is craft spirits approaching a reset moment?

The recent bankruptcy filing by Death's Door Spirits Co in the US has prompted spirits commentator Richard Woodard to look more closely at t...

Every month, just-drinks looks at the M&A activity across all categories of the global drinks industry

just-drinks' M&A database - November

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during November, a month that saw the Cutty Sark Scotch brand...


Where can RTD and cider categories find future growth? - Research in Focus 30 Nov 18

The world's RTD brands can benefit from a growing market over the next few years, but divergent trends involving premiumisation and health consciousness will create varied conditions in the category's major markets.


Why the soft drinks category is trapped in a plastic corner - Sustainability Spotlight 29 Nov 18

Faced with relentless campaigning and mounting public concern about plastic pollution, soft drinks companies have no choice but to act to mitigate the environmental impact of their packaging. As new research is published underlining the increasing importance of sustainable packaging to consumers, Ben Cooper assesses the soft drinks sector's engagement with a recently-launched global initiative on plastic use.

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

Edrington CEO Ian Curle to step down next year

Andy Morton | 7 Dec 18 Ian Curle, left, will hand over Edrington's leadership to Scott McCroskie

Edrington CEO Ian Curle is to retire next year after 15 years in the post.


GMO-free food & drinks launches up 366% in Canada

Lucy Britner | 7 Dec 18 Canadians are buying more drinks products with GMO-free claims

The number of food and drinks products claiming GMO-free status has risen dramatically over the last ten years in the Canadian market.


Pirate’s Grog battles Brexit with bottling switch

Andy Morton | 7 Dec 18 About about 20,000 Pirate's Grog bottles will now be produced in the Netherlands

The UK-based Pirate’s Grog Rum is to switch some of its bottling to the Netherlands to ward off potentially higher export costs caused by Brexit.

Recent News - (Updated: 11:11am 12 Dec 2018)

LG to release Nespresso-style homebrew machine

Blockchain to clip marketing power of big alcohol

Diageo investigates Ciroc influencer breach claim

Hemp bill could see PepsiCo, Coca-Cola enter CBD

Whyte & Mackay's Jura Prestige Range - NPD

Freixenet's 0% Alcohol Free Sparkling Wine - NPD

UK banking app feature blocks alcohol purchases

Seedlip lines up zero-abv Æcorn Aperitifs range

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, 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.

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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