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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...

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 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...

2019 - The year of at-home drinks machines - Focus

As in-home technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, consumers continue to look for ways to entertain in their own space. Here, just-dr...

The beer category in 2019 - just-drinks predicts 6 Dec 2018

Andy Morton

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 ball to predict the biggest news and trends for the year ahead.

The beer category in 2018 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part I - FREE TO ACCESS 6 Dec 2018

Andy Morton

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 drinks industry. In part I, news & insights editor Andy Morton picks out the highs and the lows for the beer category.

Why Australia will be the wine to watch in China in 2019 - Analysis 6 Dec 2018

Olly Wehring

Australia's wine producers will be looking forward to 2019, as wine tariff rates in China, the industry's largest export market, hit the maximum benefit next year from the Free Trade Agreement signed three years ago.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - November 2018 3 Dec 2018

Olly Wehring

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during November, a month that saw the Cutty Sark Scotch brand get a(nother) new owner and Diageo sell off a raft of spirits brands to Sazerac.

Where can RTD and cider categories find future growth? - Research in Focus 30 Nov 2018

Richard Woodard

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 2018

Ben Cooper

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.

The end of the Anheuser-Busch InBev affair, the sale of Diageo's tail and the success of C&C Group in 2018 - The just-drinks Analyst 28 Nov 2018

Ian Shackleton

Ian Shackleton is about to put the lid on his 2018, but not before, in his guise as just-drinks' resident analyst, he ponders the investor view of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Diageo and his tip at the start of this year, C&C Group.

'Healthy alcohol' - the trend to watch in 2019? - NPD trends 28 Nov 2018

Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director at GlobalData

The prospect of 'healthy alcohol' may sound like an oxymoron, given new global health warnings about alcohol consumption. But, alcohol companies are doubling down on efforts to ameliorate health concerns with a new generation of healthy alcohol, and the segment looks set to be a major new trend for 2019.

Responsible drinking issues around the world - The IARD Digest - November 2018 23 Nov 2018

The IARD editorial team

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what's going on in-market to promote a more responsible role for alcohol in society.

Six trends shaping the future of the beverage industry - just-drinks at Brau Beviale 2018 21 Nov 2018

Andy Morton

Brewing industry exhibition Brau Beviale returned to Nuremburg last week after its traditional fallow year to allow space for Munich's quadrennial Drinktec. just-drinks was there to report on the latest trends in the beverage packaging and production industry and speak to both the established players and the up-and-coming firms shaping the future of drinks. Here's a run-down of what we found.

Why gender-targeted products and marketing failed in 2018 - Consumer Trends 20 Nov 2018

Laura Foster

As 2018 rolls to a close and we survey the wreckage of what has certainly been an 'interesting' year, one annoying trend jumps out at me; the continued singling-out and patronisation of women by the drinks industry. 

Which alcohol category is better for avoiding stomach cancer? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 221 20 Nov 2018

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

There have been conflicting results from studies of the association between alcohol intake and the risk of gastric cancer. Some of the differences among studies have related to mixing subjects from Western countries with those from Asia, where dietary patterns, lifestyle factors, drinking patterns and types of alcohol consumed differ from those among Western populations.

Diageo Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data 19 Nov 2018

Richard Woodard

In late-July, Diageo released its full-year results for fiscal-2018. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of June rise by 5% in organic terms on the year-prior. Here, 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.

What will be Diageo's priorities for the years ahead? - Analysis 19 Nov 2018

Richard Woodard

As part of just-drinks' deep-dive into the trends that have driven Diageo's performance over the last five years, Richard Woodard considers the areas that will be priorities for the group in the coming years.

"New brands, new products" - Coca-Cola, Heineken and the packaging industry's e-commerce evolution 19 Nov 2018

Andy Morton

just-drinks spoke to a number of industry figures working to recalibrate beverages to e-commerce demands, including The Coca-Cola Co, Heineken, The Sidel Group and Crown Beverages to find out where the e-commerce evolution will lead.

FREE TO READ - The future of autonomous delivery - just-drinks FUTURES 16 Nov 2018

Lucy Britner

How long before autonomous grocery delivery becomes a reality? And what does it mean for food and drinks firms? Several grocery retailers are waking up to the idea of using autonomous vehicles to deliver shopping. But, how many years will it be before it's part of our everyday life? And, what can food and drinks firms start to do about it now? In the first of a new future insights platform for just-food and just-drinks, we explore the reality of autonomous grocery delivery.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - October 2018 7 Nov 2018

Olly Wehring

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during October, a month that saw The Coca-Cola Co continue its shopping spree and rumours swirl around Constellation Brands' future wine strategy.

Should Campari Group change its name to Aperol Group? - Analysis 7 Nov 2018

Lucy Britner

Campari Group's Aperol brand has turned in another outstanding set of numbers this week, prompting some analysts to suggest renaming the company.

Which international whiskies segments will challenge Scotch's dominance? - Research in Focus 5 Nov 2018

Richard Woodard

The future looks overwhelmingly bright for the huge international whisky category, but stock constraints continue to hamper growth, especially for Japanese and Irish whisky brands. The new Global International Whisky Insights 2018 report from just-drinks and The IWSR highlights this continuation of a purple patch of growth for non-Scotch whisky, which has moved from volumes of 270m cases in 2013 to almost 315m cases in 2017.

Alkaline water heading for the mainstream in 2019 - NPD trends 2 Nov 2018

Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director at GlobalData

With 2019 just around the corner, the search is on for the next breakout beverage sector for the New Year. The safest bet may be on alkaline water, a type of premium water that will be at the receiving end of a marketing boost from The Coca-Cola Co with its US launch of Smartwater Alkaline in March.

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