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The just-drinks Analyst - 2017 forecasts

Former Nomura analyst Ian Shackleton returns today for his first look at the drinks industry in 2017. How well-buffed is his crystal ball?...

Baijiu set to storm 2017 - Analysis 

The world's two largest spirits companies (by profit) are major players in China's baijiu category. While the past few years have proved cha...

Constellation Brands and the health of its beer

Constellation Brands' Mexican beer unit has proved to be a powerhouse for the company. Quarter after quarter, analysts have praised the perf...

The Cognac Category - Everything you need to know

As part of our Spirits Essentials series, just-drinks and The IWSR present a comprehensive guide to the Cognac category. Sourced from the jo...


Chile's winemakers caught out by Brexit "disease" - Focus 16 Jan 2017

Andy Morton

June last year, and Adolfo Hurtado, the gregarious chief winemaker & general manager for Concha y Toro's Cono Sur, is in a sunny mood as he goes about his day at the Chilean winery.


Cognac’s ethnic division in the US - Focus 6 Jan 2017

John Mohler at Ipsos

Recent data compiled by North American market research provider Ipsos through its Alcohol Consumption Tracker highlights how the Cognac segment operates differently along ethnic lines in the US. Among black consumers, Cognac has been very popular historically, relying heavily on this ethnic group to drive much of its volume in the country. The situation has changed in recent years, however, as white consumers are becoming more engaged in the sector.


What does Roust Corp's bankruptcy filing mean? - Analysis 6 Jan 2017

Andy Morton

Last Friday, Roust Corp, the Moscow-based producer of Russian Standard vodka, filed for bankruptcy in New York City.


Five things the UK alcohol industry needs to do in 2017 - Research in Focus 21 Dec 2016

Plimsoll Publishing

As a turbulent 2016 draws to a close, a new study of the UK's 1,223 largest alcoholic drinks wholesalers and distributors highlights five things owners and directors must do in 2017.


How much of alcohol's "health benefits" relate to a consumer's socio-economic status? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 195 19 Dec 2016

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

It has long been recognised from epidemiologic studies that both the positive and negative health effects of alcohol consumption are modified by an individual's socio-economic status (SES). Higher SES subjects (higher education, income, job status, etc.) are more likely to be regular moderate drinkers, while lower SES subjects are more likely to binge drink and under-report their alcohol intake.


Responsible drinking around the world - The IARD Digest - December 2016 16 Dec 2016

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 responsible role for alcohol in society.


How politicised marketing, palate burnout and the new on-premise will shape the future of drinking - Analysis 14 Dec 2016

Lucy Britner

Following a preview of its inaugural Drinks Report at the Global Drinks Forum in Berlin earlier this year, creative agency Protein has this week released the full document. The Drinks Report is an offshoot of the company's wider Audience Report, which surveys 5,100 early adopters in 10 'cultural capitals'. Here, just-drinks pinpoints some of the key trends that so-called 'early adopters' are setting for beverage consumers.


Will Muhtar Kent's Coca-Cola CEO exit open door to M&A intrigue? - analysis 12 Dec 2016

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co - which invests heavily in its Christmas associations - threw some festive cheer to the stock market on Friday when it announced the impending departure of CEO Muhtar Kent.


What does 2017 hold for Constellation Brands and Anheuser-Busch InBev? - Focus 8 Dec 2016

Lucy Britner

Following a recent panel discussion, CLSA analyst Caroline Levy outlined the current state and future opportunities for Constellation Brands and Anheuser-Busch InBev in the US market.


Brown-Forman H1 2016/17 performance by region, brand - Focus 7 Dec 2016

Andy Morton

Earlier today, Brown-Forman posted its first-half results for fiscal-2017. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by region and brand in the six months to the end of October.


Absolut, Smirnoff and their conflicting views on US Millennials - Analysis 7 Dec 2016

Andy Morton & Lucy Britner

Chasing the Millennial consumer has been the mantra of many a drinks company is recent years - but it appears the end of the Millennial rainbow might not yield the only pot of gold.  


Has Millennial-mania drowned out the elder consumer? - Consumer Trends 6 Dec 2016

Ben Cooper

Over-60s are not only healthier, wealthier and living longer and more active lives than their predecessors, they are also more politically engaged. Ben Cooper examines why looking afresh at the seniors market chimes with recent momentous political events.


Diageo's North America president on Donald Trump, Millennials and the rise of Bourbon - Focus 6 Dec 2016

Lucy Britner

Late last week, Diageo's North America president, Deirdre Mahlan, hosted a conference call with analysts. Having spent just over a year in the role, Mahlan offered some insight into the company's largest and most profitable region. Here, just-drinks picks out some key points from the call.


The President-Elect Trump effect on alcohol, the draw of local spirits and the vital role of the IR director - The just-drinks Analyst 2 Dec 2016

Ian Shackleton

just-drinks is thrilled to welcome a new industry commentator to the fold. Until earlier this year, Ian Shackleton spent over 25 years as a beverages analyst with several major banks, including Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Nomura. Now a principal at financial communications company Bell Pottinger, Ian will cast an analyst's eye each month over developments and issues affecting the drinks industry. This month, he looks at what the Trump effect could be, the prospects for the local spirits sector and the importance of the IR point-of-contact.


Has your company made the water stewardship A-list? - Sustainability Spotlight 30 Nov 2016

Ben Cooper

The latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.


The European beer market - Focus 30 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

Last week, Heineken delivered one of its What's Brewing seminars, a series of presentations by regional presidents for industry analysts. The latest covered Europe, and Heineken's head of the region, Stefan Orlowski, spoke about the importance of premium growth on the continenet as well as the contiued growth in low- and no-alcohol products. Here, just-drinks presents some of Orlowski's key findings on the European beer market.


Concha y Toro Q3 2016 results by region - Focus 30 Nov 2016

Olly Wehring

Late last week, Concha y Toro reported slowing sales and profits growth in its third quarter, with ForEx proving the main drag. Here, we take a closer look at the Chilean company's performance in the three months to the end of September.


Britvic FY 2015/16 results by region - Focus 30 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

Today, Britvic posted a rise in its full-year sales and profits, boosted by the integration of Brazilian soft drinks producer Empresa Brasileira de Bebidas e Alimentos (EBBA). Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by region in the 52 weeks to 25 September.


Cannabis – A clear and present danger to alcohol - Focus 29 Nov 2016

Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director at Canadean

Election day 2016 in the US provided some surprises, but the country's growing embrace of cannabis was not one of them. Voters in four states – California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada – approved legislation sanctioning the recreational use of marijuana, effectively doubling the number of states that allow the practice. This legislative action suggests that the alcohol beverage industry will likely face increased competition from legalised marijuana somewhat sooner than it had expected.


Britvic's Q4 & FY results 2015/16 - Preview 29 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

On Wednesday, Britvic will report its full-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the company's performance over the fiscal year to 28 September:


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