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Focus - Sweden puts alcohol in EU policy spotlight
21 Jul 2009
Sweden assumed the Presidency of the EU at the beginning of this month. With the country’s history of control and high taxation of alcohol, the industry is expecting a tough six months. However, Ben Cooper writes, the Swedish presidency coincides with a hectic period of change for the EU which may reduce Sweden’s scope for moving alcohol policy up the agenda.
Focus - Bottled water producers pray for day in the sun
15 Jul 2009
Today (15 July) is known as St Swithin's Day in the UK. According to folklore, if it rains on St Swithin's Day it will rain for the next 40 days in succession.* The British are, of course, fixated by weather, as evidenced by last month's heatwave. Whenever temperatures soar and the sun comes out, the nation goes into weather overdrive. “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” wrote Noel Coward, not without some justification. Annette Farr looks at the opportunities open to water companies from the heat of a summer.
Focus - Chinese consumers broaden their soft drinks horizons
14 Jul 2009
The Chinese soft drinks sector has been showing consistent growth for a number of years, fuelled by broadening consumer tastes. Ray Rowlands of beverage research company Canadean takes a look at a large and rapidly developing soft drinks market.
Focus - Alcohol sales in developed markets hit hardest by downturn
10 Jul 2009
As drinks companies look desperately for the elusive ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery, Spiros Malandrakis of Euromonitor International examines the varying impact the downturn has had across regional alcoholic drinks markets.
Focus - Time for wine on the internet?
7 Jul 2009
Late last month, just-drinks reported that, according to the head of Vinexpo, the internet would never become an alternative to traditional sales circuits for wine. Try telling that to the e-commerce sector. Chris Losh considers the potential offered from e-tailing, going forward.
Focus - Baijiu still attractive despite downturn
23 Jun 2009
Foreign investment has brought valuable marketing nous to China’s rice wine-based spirits category but, Mark Godfrey writes from Beijing, there has so far been little change in the balance of power in the market.
Focus - US soft drinks sector in policy dogfight
18 Jun 2009
Campaigners are lobbying for the repeal of regulations prohibiting the use of federal funds for public health messages which focus on specific foods or drinks. As the US soft drinks industry campaigns against the introduction of a tax on soft drinks to pay for healthcare reform, it now faces further pressure. Ben Cooper reports.
Focus - UK soft drinks sector puts sustainability centre stage
16 Jun 2009
Environmental concerns have climbed steadily up the agenda for soft drinks producers in recent years. However, Annette Farr writes, progress has been faster in the UK than in the US.
Focus - Trouble at the top but not a meltdown
9 Jun 2009
The drinks sector boasts some big-ticket, luxury products, like very old single malts and the most exclusive Bordeaux wines, and some very wealthy, high end consumers to go with them. Chris Losh looks at how this end of the market is faring during the downturn, and to what degree the big spenders are cutting back.
Focus - Massive potential to be tapped in Indian soft drinks market
5 Jun 2009
Much has been written about the rapidly developing alcoholic drinks market in India. But the potential in the comparatively undeveloped packaged soft drinks market is nothing short of immense. Ray Rowlands of market analysts Canadean looks at current consumption and growth potential across different soft drinks sectors, and asks why international beverage companies are not paying more attention to this sleeping giant.
Focus - Functionals continue to show enhanced performance
19 May 2009
According to a new report from the British Soft Drinks Association, functional beverages are continuing to outperform all other soft drinks categories. Annette Farr reviews the latest innovations in a vibrant category.
Focus - Champagne looks beyond recession to long-term growth
14 May 2009
The downturn has not surprisingly caused a dramatic slide in Champagne sales but the Champenois are less perturbed than some might expect, continuing to plan for long-term growth through the expansion of the vineyard area. But Chris Losh wonders whether extending the appellation is really the best way forward.
Focus - US wine producers look for export gain
12 May 2009
With a depressed home market and a weakened currency, it is little wonder that US wine producers see opportunities to make headway in the UK and Europe, in spite of the soft market conditions. Ben Cooper reports on the US presence at this week’s London International Wine Fair and the conditions facing US wine producers at home.
Focus - Intoxicating prospects for low-alcohol beer
1 May 2009
Concerns over health and drink-driving are fostering growth in the low- and non-alcohol beer categories. Spiros Malandrakis, drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, assesses the progress and potential of key markets for low- and non-alcohol beers in Europe and the Middle East.
Focus - Spirits industry calls for tougher action on counterfeiting
28 Apr 2009
The growing problem of spirits counterfeiting not only results in loss of revenue for spirits companies but more alarmingly continues to cost lives. Keith Nuttall and Emma Jackson report on attempts by trade organisations and governments to address the issue.
Focus - New plastics offer boost to bottled water sector
21 Apr 2009
Environmental concerns over PET packaging have hit the bottled water market, but technological advances in biodegradable plastics have given bottled water companies cause for optimism. Annette Farr reports.
Focus - Innovation mantra more than just bluster
16 Apr 2009
It is easy for companies to say they are continuing to innovate in spite of the recession. But, Ben Cooper writes, the latest IRI New Product Pacesetters Report suggests branded goods manufacturers are walking the walk in terms of new product development, and taking a creative approach to fighting the downturn.
Focus - Nigeria offers growth out of stability
9 Apr 2009
Stable government and an expanding economy have greatly improved the growth prospects for soft drinks producers in Nigeria. Moreover, writes Richard Corbett, strategic analyst at market analysts Canadean, there is significant potential for increasing per capita consumption of soft drinks.
Focus - Alcohol industry still faces online headache
31 Mar 2009
New guidelines have just been introduced by the European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD) regarding online media. However, while the guidelines enhance the self-regulatory framework of the spirits industry, Ben Cooper writes, they do nothing to address the problems created by user-generated material.
Focus - Pouching market share
27 Mar 2009
The pouch appears to have been a packaging format for drinks that has never been either fashionable or popular. And yet, Capri Sun, a product so clearly identified by its pouch-and-straw format, is an internationally-recognised brand, celebrating its 40th birthday this year. Paul Gander asks what the future holds for the pouch.
Focus - Size not the whole story in search for spirits growth
6 Mar 2009
Recent results suggest all spirits companies are feeling the effects of the downturn but some are better equipped for long-term growth than others. Jeremy Cunnington of Euromonitor International assesses which companies look strong and which appear vulnerable.
Focus - Scottish proposals provoke mixed reaction
3 Mar 2009
Legislation being proposed by the Scottish government would, if passed, represent some of the strictest alcohol regulation in the EU, so it’s no surprise that it has provoked widespread reaction. just-drinks takes a look at what politicians, industry, campaigners, academics and the medical community have been saying about the proposals announced on Monday.
Focus - China growth cannot hide US meltdown
26 Feb 2009
Both China and the US have in different ways been exciting growth markets for the drinks sector in recent years but for obvious reasons neither is quite what they were. Chris Losh looks at how both markets are faring in the downturn and assesses what we can expect from each in the year ahead.
Focus - China's growing thirst for wine
19 Feb 2009
China's reputation as both a wine market and producer looks to be going in only one direction. Mark Godfrey in Beijing speaks exclusively to consultants, sommeliers, retailers and producers on the ground to assess the progress the country has made.
Focus - Troubled waters for bottled water?
17 Feb 2009
The economic downturn could not have come at a worse time for the bottled water industry. Not only is the category battling to win the consumer's pennies and cents, but it has also had to battle against a media onslaught against its environmental position. Times are certainly tough for water, but, as Annette Farr reports, there remains some hope, if you look hard enough.
Focus - Youth protection looms large in self-regulatory moves
12 Feb 2009
Recent self-regulatory measures announced in the US and the UK serve to underline how critical the issue of youth protection is to the alcohol industry and its attempts to project a socially responsible image. Ben Cooper reports.
Focus - Soft drinks companies help themselves by helping others
5 Feb 2009
Ethical consumerism has brought heightened pressure on soft drinks companies with regard to the environmental and social impacts of sourcing, manufacturing and distributing their products. But, Annette Farr writes, it has also been a catalyst for some laudable charitable projects which reflect well on the companies behind them while dramatically improving the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished people.
Focus - The US spirits market: The state of the union
3 Feb 2009
A raft of recent reports looking at the US spirits market have suggested that, while times are tough in the country, they could be a whole lot worse. Chris Mercer takes a closer look at the numbers to see how bad it is, and how bad it's going to get.
Focus - Wising up to the opportunities in healthier children’s drinks
23 Jan 2009
The children’s drinks market has changed substantially in recent years as health concerns have increased. However, writes Simon Maddrell of Euromonitor International, some companies have been quicker than others to recognise the commercial opportunities that new parental priorities offer.
Focus - Wine companies must look to new markets for growth
16 Jan 2009
The economic downturn signals further bad news for the still wine sector, which has already seen contraction in established markets. However, Rob Walker, senior drinks analyst at Euromonitor International, argues that wine companies must invest for the long term, particularly in emerging markets.