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Will Michael Clarke's departure be a Champagne moment for Treasury Wine Estates? - Editor's Viewpoint 23 Oct 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Michael Clarke's tenure as CEO of Treasury Wine Estates has been remarkable. The hard-headed South African brought his FMCG nous to a company - and a category - that five years ago was in a far worse state than it is today.


Could 'delocalisation' signal the death of provenance in spirits? - Editor's Viewpoint 3 Oct 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

The role of provenance in marketing is widely prevalent in the spirits category - always by brands that have to be produced in a certain location, but also often by those that aren't tied by rules of definition.


Can Brown-Forman ride Jack Daniel's brand equity with Tennessee Apple? - Editor's Viewpoint 2 Oct 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Four months after flagging the booming growth of flavoured whiskies in the US, Brown-Forman has lined up the addition of another expression of its flagship Jack Daniel's whiskey brand in the country. Tennessee Apple, announced this week, is the third flavoured variant in the Brown-Forman stable, joining Tennessee Fire and Tennessee Honey. Could the new iteration stretch Brown-Forman's flavoured whiskey stable too far?


Diageo - An apology - just-drinks thinks 26 Jul 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

With six years at the helm now under his belt, Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has endured and enjoyed a rollercoaster ride of a time - and, that's putting it mildly.


Why a sale of Casella Family Brands is no slam-dunk - just-drinks thinks 21 Jun 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Against a backdrop of sizeable M&A transactions (and speculation) in the wine category recently, rumours of another deal would suggest a sale would be more likely to proceed than not. There's something about this week's reports on Casella Family Brands, however, that doesn't look quite so simple to me.


Budweiser Brewing Group - The end of Anheuser-Busch InBev? - just-drinks thinks 25 Mar 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

If today's news of a company name change in the UK is a precursor to a wider change in the global brewing category, then I for one cannot wait.


When is a rum not a rum? When it's Captain Morgan - just-drinks thinks 5 Feb 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Last week's half-year results have given Diageo a solid base for its fiscal full-year. But, amidst the 7.5% sales lift for the group in the six months to the end of December was a disappointing set of figures from Captain Morgan.


Will the race to the top drown out the value end for wine? - just-drinks thinks 11 Jan 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

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 'Premiumisation'.


Is Anheuser-Busch InBev preparing for Heineken's China push? - just-drinks thinks 11 Jan 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

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 region serve more as a signal of the company's preparation for Heineken's tie-up with China Resources Enterprises in the coming months?


Another Coca-Cola system executive switches to Bodyarmor - What just-drinks thinks 8 Jan 2019

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

The appointment of another senior executive form the Coca-Cola system to the team at Bodyarmor serves as a clear indicator of the planned direction of travel for the US sports drinks brand.


Stoli Group’s AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila - What just-drinks thinks 14 Nov 2018

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

I have to doff my cap to SPI Group, for its tie-up with Australian rock band AC/DC. The launch this month of AC/DC Thunderstruck Tequila looks superb. Not only that, but the two-strong range should also appeal to a consumer demographic that is both willing and able to splash its cash.


Campari Group's Aperol-infused Q3 bonanza - What just-drinks thinks 7 Nov 2018

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

There will likely be smiles in Milan this week, with Campari Group's HQ beaming after the company's bumper third-quarter results yesterday. And, who'd blame them?


What just-drinks thinks - Heineken's partnership with Formula E 15 Oct 2018

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Is Heineken now looking to secure the brand loyalty of the petrol (and electric) heads among beer consumers?


Conviviality - Boy, that escalated quickly - Comment 29 Mar 2018

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

The remarkable speed of Conviviality's tumble from grace has surprised even the most seasoned drinks industry executive here in the UK. How could a company go from posting an 85% leap in full-year sales in May last year, to announcing the pending appointment of administrators in late-March. That's less than a year.


Why Minimum Unit Pricing should sober us all up - Editor's Viewpoint 16 Nov 2017

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

It was a dark day for the drinks industry yesterday, and one that demands we take a long, hard look at ourselves. Because, the confirmation of Minimum Unit Pricing's pending arrival in Scotland suggests there's a lot more wrong in our industry than we would have ourselves believe.


Has Diageo made a mistake in bringing back Brora and Port Ellen? - Editor's Viewpoint 9 Oct 2017

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

I’ve heard both sides on today’s news from Diageo. One friend is getting quite excited at being able to buy a bottle of a single malt Scotch whisky they have hitherto been unable to afford a glass of, while another is bemoaning the end of what they call "something very special" as two of Scotch’s "best-kept secrets" bubbles back to the surface.


Is FEMSA trying to bloody Heineken's nose with stake sale? - Editor's Viewpoint 19 Sep 2017

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

On the surface, it looks pretty clear-cut. Give it a scratch, though, and there could be a little more to FEMSA’s Heineken stake sale than first meets the eye.


Has history taught Remy Cointreau nothing? - Editor's Viewpoint 20 Jul 2017

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

We've all marvelled at Remy Cointreau's turnaround since the days of what we termed its Bain de Sang just over three years ago. After the bottom fell out of the Cognac market in China in 2013, we watched with consternation as group CEO Frédéric Pflanz fell on his sword in early-2014, only to be followed less than three weeks later by Remy Martin head Patrick Piana.


Constellation Brands and Brown-Forman? Keep it in the family – Editor’s Viewpoint 24 May 2017

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Has someone got their cheeky hat on, or has Constellation Brands got a bit too big for its boots? Yesterday’s reports linking Constellation with Brown-Forman can only be one of these two, and I think I know which one it is.


Kirin's troubles in Brazil - When BRIC markets go horribly wrong - Editor's Viewpoint 20 Jan 2017

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

The general intention of Japan's drinks companies to break out of their domestic market has been a headline of the last six years, at least. Today's confirmation that Kirin Holdings is looking to pull out of Brazil, however, shows the pitfalls of this strategy. Indeed, the fact that this is playing out in one of the fabled BRIC markets serves to bring the strategy into worrying relief.


Sipsmith Gin and spirits players’ fight to cover off craft – Editor’s Viewpoint 16 Dec 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Even before today’s news that Beam Suntory has filled the premium gin-shaped hole in its portfolio, we at just-drinks had concluded that 2016 was gin’s year. Today’s announcement serves merely to vindicate this view.


So long, SAB - Anheuser-Busch InBev and the death of SABMiller - Editor's Viewpoint 6 Oct 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

I'll spare you the 'Fat Lady' analogies but, if you do hear some singing this week, it's likely to be Anheuser-Busch InBev staff in a good, post-deal-closure mood.


Brexit - What is certain is that nothing is certain - Editor's Viewpoint 14 Sep 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

Attending the UK Wine & Spirits Trade Association’s annual conference in London yesterday, I was particularly struck by one thought: Stripping out every use of the words "if", "could", "might", probably" and "likely" would have made the whole event a darn sight shorter. The main topic of the day? Of course: Brexit.


Why has Accolade Wines lost another CEO? - Editor's Viewpoint 1 Sep 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

When it comes to HR announcements, the departure of a chief executive always gets the juices flowing. Why are they going? Where are they going? Who is replacing them? When the announcement isn’t even an announcement, however, then you’ll forgive us for being a mite suspicious. The confirmation by Accolade Wines on Tuesday of an internal memo detailing Paul Schaafsma’s plans to stand down within the next ten months is just such a curious turn. Why is he going? Where is he going? Who is replacing him? Far more pertinently, though: Why didn’t you tell us?


How Treasury Wine Estates is rewriting the rule book - Editor's Viewpoint 22 Aug 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

For years, they said it couldn't be done. In wine, the theory goes, if you're playing a volume game then you can't all of a sudden make the switch to a value-focussed strategy. And, for a long time, they were right: Talk in recent years of getting consumers to trade up their wine choices has fallen on deaf ears. Within the space of just two years, however, Treasury Wine Estates has proved the theory wrong.


Do you buy the Wild Geese, Pernod Ricard conspiracy theory? - Editor's Viewpoint 19 Jul 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

In our coverage of the legal ruling in favour of Irish whiskey brand The Wild Geese in Australia yesterday, I sensed a conspiracy theory of pretty impressive proportions. Could the dominant player in the Irish whiskey sector really have been looking to ride roughshod over one of its much smaller competitors?


Pie in the sky, but soft drinks is running out of choices - Editor's Viewpoint 17 May 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

In a note to clients last week, analysts at CLSA spoke to Dr Robert Lustig, an expert on endocrinology and obesity and professor at UC San Francisco. On the call, Dr Lustig discussed "the case against sugar", the title of CLSA's note.


Anheuser-Busch InBev and China's Snow – This town ain't big enough for the both of us – Editor's Viewpoint 2 Mar 2016

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

For a company dead set on becoming the biggest in its field – and reportedly beyond – Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to sell off SABMiller's stake in China's CR Snow to JV partner China Resources Beer looks more like a step backwards - and a very cheap one at that.


Sell a London craft brewer, buy a London craft brewer - Confusion at Anheuser-Busch InBev? - Editor's Viewpoint 21 Dec 2015

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

A relatively small transaction in the beer industry today has left me confused. Why would Anheuser-Busch InBev snap up a London-based craft brewer, when it has a staggeringly-similar entity waiting in the wings, once it completes its purchase of SABMiller? That AB InBev has lined up the sale of this SAB-owned brewer confuses me yet further.


SABMiller - Where nothing is not for sale? - Editor's Viewpoint 3 Dec 2015

Column: Editor's Viewpoint

When you buy yourself a new toy, the first thing you want to do is to take it home and play with it. You don't want someone taking it off you, perusing it to see if it will give you too much fun or if it will upset your friends, who may be having not as much fun as you are.

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