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Focus - C&C looks to raise spirits after Magners’ fall from grace
27 Nov 2008
Magners Cider was a phenomenal, but seemingly short-lived, brand success story. As C&C Group seeks to recover from the boom and bust experience that befell its cider brand, it is looking to its spirits portfolio, and specifically Irish whiskey Tullamore Dew, for growth. And even in these uncertain times, the company is bullish about the opportunities ahead. Chris Mercer reports.
Focus - Drought fails to ignite Australian soft drinks market
25 Nov 2008
Drought conditions have made the last few years tough for Australian wine producers. But while one might have expected the extended hot and dry conditions to be a fillip for the soft drinks sector, figures from Canadean suggest they have made little impact. That said, there are some notable growth areas. Richard Corbett of Canadean assesses current trends.
Focus - Stevia sweetener causes stir in soft drinks
4 Nov 2008
Stevia, a new all-natural sweetener, is regarded by the soft drinks industry as one of the most significant developments in sweeteners in recent years. Annette Farr finds out what the fuss is about.
Focus - Georgian winemakers unfazed by Russian embargo
23 Oct 2008
Despite losing their largest market when Russia imposed an export ban in 2006, Georgian wine producers are confidently pursuing other markets. Indeed, the embargo acted as a catalyst for improvements in quality, though informed observers believe Georgian producers may have to be prepared to drop their prices to make further export gains. Mark Godfrey reports from Tbilisi.
Focus - SABMiller braces itself for the crunch
16 Oct 2008
SABMiller may have seen beer volumes rise by 3% in the first six months of the year but the impact of rising commodity prices, the global economic downturn and the credit crunch have given the brewer a cautious, if not downbeat, outlook for the second half. However, Chris Mercer writes, the company believes its premium positioning will bolster it during the tough times ahead.
Focus - Positive outlook for US in face of economic turmoil
14 Oct 2008
The strong growth in the US market for wines and spirits is certain to be checked by the financial crisis. But Chris Losh found wines and spirits companies to be relatively sanguine about the US in spite of the current turmoil, anticipating that the switch to at-home entertaining and a need for affordable indulgence will bolster sales during difficult times.
Focus - Luxury spirits growth tipped to withstand downturn
7 Oct 2008
Financial doom and despond may currently pervade the world of high-flying corporate executives but, Ian Buxton writes, spirits marketers expect high-priced, ultra-premium brands to continue their strong growth. The current environment may prompt financial movers and shakers to take a stiff drink, but it will apparently still be a reassuringly expensive one.
Focus - Functional ingredients: aspiring to taste success
2 Oct 2008
As the functional food and drink market develops and choice broadens, consumers are becoming more demanding about how products taste rather than simply buying them for their health-enhancing properties. Ahead of next month’s Health Ingredients Europe trade show, Annette Farr looks at some of the new functional ingredients hitting the market and asks how ingredient companies are tackling the taste challenge.
Focus - Leading bottled water groups respond to pressure
25 Sep 2008
The three leading bottled water brands in the UK launched the Natural Hydration Council (NHC) earlier this month. The organisation says it is not a lobby group but aims to research and promote the environmental, health and other sustainable benefits of natural bottled water. Ben Cooper spoke with the NHC’s director, Jeremy Clarke, about the challenges the NHC faces.
Focus - Colas look for healthy lift
11 Sep 2008
Colas may be the most popular type of soft drink in the world but they have historically been high in sugar, and are among the first products mentioned when rising obesity levels are being discussed. However, cola producers are launching healthier variants which, Annette Farr writes, could see cola throw off its unhealthy image.
Focus - The Zimbabwe drinks industry
2 Sep 2008
The hardships facing the Zimbabwean population have become a regular and depressing feature of our news. Clemence Manyukwe reports from Harare on the particular problems that the country’s sustained economic crisis and political turmoil are posing for Zimbabwe’s drinks producers.
Focus - Japanese continue to thirst for functional drinks
7 Aug 2008
Functional drinks may be a relatively recent phenomenon in many markets but they are certainly nothing new in Japan where ‘genki’ energy drinks have been enthusiastically consumed for decades. Moreover, writes Gavin Blair, deregulation has fostered further growth in the health drinks market.
Focus - Sports drinks and The Olympic Games
5 Aug 2008
The 2008 Beijing Olympics are almost upon us as we finally realise that in addition to all the brand sponsorship activity, there will be some sport. Not surprisingly Coca-Cola is one of the leading participants in the brand marketing frenzy but Annette Farr found a surprising paucity of activity around sports drinks.
Focus - UK lawmakers look to rein in drinks companies
24 Jul 2008
The consultation launched by the UK government this week represents a strong indication that it has lost patience with the drinks industry, and is moving towards introducing mandatory measures to replace self-regulatory ones. Ben Cooper analyses the reaction from industry bodies and campaigners, and assesses where this week’s announcement leaves the industry.
Focus - Rising cost of fruit puts pressure on juice prices
22 Jul 2008
The shortfall in production and rising cost of fruit is causing anxiety among producers of fruit juices. Higher retail prices threaten to stem the strong growth of this dynamic category, and given that rising fruit juice consumption is making a positive contribution to the ‘5-a-day’ campaign, soft drinks companies are urging the UK government to reduce VAT on fruit juice. Annette Farr reports.
Focus - From slamming to sipping: How Tequila is growing up
17 Jul 2008
The burgeoning market for ultra-premium offerings, particularly in the US, has provided the Tequila category with high-value growth, allowing it to move on from its ‘shooter and slammer’ image of old. Richard Woodard reports on the growth in sipping Tequilas, the debate over the Mexican spirit’s classification system, and the implications of the current over-supply of Tequila’s basic constituent ingredient, blue agave.
Focus - UK consumers continue to take to the (water) bottle
8 Jul 2008
In spite of pressure from campaigners over the environmental impact of rising bottled water sales, per capita consumption continues to rise in the UK. And, writes Annette Farr, the recent mains water contamination scare in Northamptonshire provided an opportunity for some subtle point-scoring in the ‘tap versus bottle’ debate.
Focus - Inbev's move for Anheuser-Busch
12 Jun 2008
InBev's announcement late yesterday (11 June) that it has made an offer to acquire Anheuser-Busch comes as little surprise. Speculation of a tie-up between the brewers has surfaced over the last 18 months or so. But the amount offered – US$65 per share – certainly looks enticing to A-B's shareholders. So, it's a done deal, yes? Olly Wehring takes a closer look at the offer.
Focus - Carbonates grow up and hit back
10 Jun 2008
Blamed for contributing to rising obesity, traditional carbonated soft drinks, notably colas, have suffered in recent years. But the sector has responded with a plethora of new, healthier drinks, many targeted at the increasingly vibrant adult soft drinks market. Annette Farr takes a look at the new generation.
Focus - New FSA move on colourings leaves industry puzzled
1 May 2008
The call by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the voluntary withdrawal of certain colourings, and its recommendation that British ministers push for a total ban in the EU, surprised observers from the industry and the campaigning community. The debate over the link between food colourings and hyperactivity now switches to the European arena. Ben Cooper reports.
Focus - Premium not the only growth opportunity in spirits
11 Apr 2008
Focusing on premium brands may have been a priority for spirits producers in recent years but it is economy or standard products which still drive volume growth in many markets. Jeremy Cunnington of Euromonitor International takes a look at various blended Scotch and vodka markets around the world, identifying how important standard and economy products remain and the impact they are likely to have on future growth.
Focus - Argentina on crest of a wave
3 Apr 2008
Having seen Chile blaze a trail in export markets, Argentina is now asserting itself in the international wine market. Moreover, writes Chris Losh, while Argentina boasts many of the same positive attributes that have benefited Chile, such as a fantastic climate and plenty of investment, it has the scale to exceed even Chile’s formidable performance.
Focus - Brewers and regulators both eyeing growth in strong beer
28 Mar 2008
Strong beers may offer brewers significant growth potential but their perception as a cheap way of consuming alcohol puts them directly in the regulatory sights of governments looking to tackle excessive alcohol consumption and encourage responsible drinking. Catherine Mars, industry analyst for alcoholic drinks at Euromonitor International, reviews recent developments in this growth sector.
Focus - Bright future for South African soft drinks market
29 Feb 2008
Notwithstanding a disappointing performance from carbonates in 2006 as a result of a C02 shortage, recent years have seen strong growth in the South African soft drinks market. Richard Corbett of research group Canadean analyses current market trends and assesses future growth potential.
Focus - Water brands look to build on Eastern European growth
22 Feb 2008
Having overtaken carbonated soft drinks in volume terms last year, the bottled water category in Eastern Europe can look forward to further growth over the next five years. But, writes Rob Walker, industry analyst for non-alcoholic drinks at Euromonitor International, while rising incomes and changing aspirations offer significant opportunities for bottled water brands, the region’s demographics are not as favourable as other emerging markets.
Focus - Soft drinks makers reap superfruit dividend
8 Feb 2008
Growing consumer interest in the health-enhancing properties of exotic fruits has proved a significant boon for the soft drinks industry. Most of these superfruits end up in juice form, writes Shane Starling, providing soft drinks producers with a constant stream of new product opportunities at premium price points.
FOCUS - Soft drinks brands target health-conscious women
3 Jan 2008
The Christmas season may be a time notorious for over-indulgence, but soft drinks companies see it as a key period for adult soft drinks, where the emphasis is increasingly on healthy offerings. Annette Farr reports on the plethora of new products targeted at health-conscious professional women.
Focus - Drinks producers in European kids’ advertising initiative
24 Dec 2007
A group of 11 major food and drinks companies have launched a new self-regulatory initiative in Europe under which they will voluntary make changes to how and what they advertise directly to children. Ben Cooper assesses the scope of the EU Pledge and its chances of success.