Editor's Viewpoint

Editor's Viewpoint

By: Olly Wehring

The just-drinks leader, written by the just-drinks leader.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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