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just-drinks' M&A database - Oct 18

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...

Should Campari Group be renamed Aperol Group?

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

International whiskies on the tail of Scotch

The future looks overwhelmingly bright for the huge international whisky category, but stock constraints continue to hamper growth, especial...

Why has Coca-Cola ramped up its M&A? - Analysis

It was, according to one analyst a "surprisingly active" Q3 for The Coca-Cola Co on the M&A front....

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.

The Coca-Cola Co's Q3 2018 results - Preview 29 Oct 2018

Lucy Britner

On 30 October, The Coca-Cola Co will release results for the third quarter and year-to-date 2018. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the company's activities in the three months to the end of September.

Responsible drinking issues around the world - The IARD Digest - October 2018 24 Oct 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.

Investors' tobacco fears for cannabis, why companies should ask their shareholders first and the Q3 results season so far - The just-drinks Analyst 23 Oct 2018

Ian Shackleton

Ian Shackleton, just-drinks' resident analyst, has some sage advice for those listed drinks companies out there who are sniffing around the cannabis sector. He also considers the growing importance of corporate governance, while preparing the ground for a lively few days of third-quarter results.

Is Global Travel Retail a step too far for Tito's Handmade Vodka? - Focus 23 Oct 2018

Andy Morton

The US success of Tito's Handmade Vodka has already put some industry noses out of joint. Now, the self-styled craft vodka with the multinational-level volumes is hoping to do the same in the Global Travel Retail channel. But, can the brand sow the same disruption that it created in its domestic market?

Six of the biggest trends in online shopping - Focus 22 Oct 2018

Andy Morton

Last week, research group IGD held a digital retail conference in London, with some of the biggest etailer and online companies presenting on the channel's top trends. just-drinks brings you the low-down on the six biggest talking points from the event and what you need to know to be ready for the digital future.

Consumer demand for environmental efforts reaches fever pitch - Consumer Trends 16 Oct 2018

Laura Foster

My initial thoughts for my latest Consumer Trends consideration for just-drinks were to write about how drinks companies can make alcohol more fun, thereby breaking down barriers with consumers. Last week's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, however, made me feel that such frivolity would be somewhat remiss.

Why there's more to dying than just drinking - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 220 16 Oct 2018

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

For reasons unclear, the authors of a recent study into alcohol consumption and mortality combined results from two, very different studies; one from the Veterans’ Health Administration, based on outpatient clinical medical records, and the other from a national survey in the US [The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)]. Unfortunately, the VA data did not adjust for tobacco use or other important lifestyle habits, and is not useful in judging the effects of alcohol consumption on mortality.

What a 'no-deal' Brexit would look like for drinks companies - Focus 15 Oct 2018

Olly Wehring

As Brexit Day draws ever closer, the negotiations between the UK and the European Union have reached a critical point this week, with the European Council set to meet on Wednesday to discuss what happens next. In two separate statements, released today, two drinks trade associations have sounded the alarm bells about the consequences of the two sides failing to reach an agreement. Here, according to SpiritsEurope and the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, is what a 'no-deal' Brexit would look like.

Six companies that are shaking up the non-alcoholic drinks category - Focus 15 Oct 2018

Andy Morton

On Saturday, mindful drinking consumer group Club Soda held its Mindful Drinking Festival outside of London for the first time. Just-drinks visited the event in Glasgow to speak to some of the beverage companies helping to mark out the future course of the growing non-alcoholic category. From "no sin gin" to vinegar drinks, here's a selection of what we found.

Five ways that digital could help the Global Travel Retail consumer - Focus 12 Oct 2018

Andy Morton

The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes this month hosted its own digital village, a showcase for some of the leading tech and latest online and digital innovations in the Global Travel Retail channel. just-drinks brings you a summary of five of the best ideas on show.

From Diageo's Distill Ventures to Coca-Cola Amatil X - the just-drinks guide to incubator units, venture capital funds and start-up initiatives 11 Oct 2018

Lucy Britner

The last five years have seen a raft of drinks firms launch all kinds of venture capital funds, incubator units and start-up accelerators as they look to enter new categories or invest in new technologies.

Three cocktail trends for 2019 – Diageo's World Class bartender competition 8 Oct 2018

Lucy Britner

Consumers will continue to value quality over quantity when it comes to drinks, according to Diageo.

Will the drinks industry have a cannabis-inspired October? - Analysis 5 Oct 2018

Olly Wehring

We're approaching the first anniversary of Constellation Brands' move into the cannabis space. And, if drinks industry observers were excited then, they're even more excited now.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - September 2018 1 Oct 2018

Olly Wehring

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during September, a month that was dominated by transactions in the soft drinks and spirits categories.

"Where is the next opportunity? It's in Asia. And, in Asia, the opportunity is China" - South African wine gets serious in China - Focus - Cape Wine 2018 28 Sep 2018

Andy Morton

Of all the statistics bandied around at the Cape Wine exhibition in Cape Town earlier this month, one in particular stood out: 37% of South African wineries don't make a profit.

Coca-Cola Co's race to embrace everything, where the Costa sale will leave Whitbread and Coca-Cola European Partners' guide to hosting a successful Capital Markets event - The just-drinks Analyst 27 Sep 2018

Ian Shackleton

This month, just-drinks' in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, has a lot on his plate. What will Ian drink to wash it all down? He'll probably have a Coke. Lots and lots (and lots) of Coke.

Eleven consumer trends for 2019 – Trend Hunter Future Festival - Focus 27 Sep 2018

Lucy Britner

As part of the Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto last week, the consumer insights company laid out key trends for 2019. Here, Lucy Britner highlights the top picks for food and drinks.

Limestone Branch Distillery targets UK with Bourbon, rye launches 26 Sep 2018

Andy Morton

Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery is to launch two of its North American whiskey expressions in the UK.

How to lead a business through disruption – lessons from the former CEO of Chicago Tribune – Trend Hunter Future Festival 25 Sep 2018

Lucy Britner

In this era of unprecedented disruption, the need for businesses to reinvent themselves in order to succeed has never been so great. But, what if a company could capitalise on disruption itself, in order to create better business opportunities?

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