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Focus

A deeper consideration of the issues making the headlines on just-drinks.



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

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.


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

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 European beer market - Focus 30 Nov 2016

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.


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

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

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.


KeVita - What has PepsiCo bought? - Focus 23 Nov 2016

Yesterday, PepsiCo bought US probiotic and kombucha drinks producer KeVita for an undisclosed sum. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at what PepsiCo has purchased. 


Bai Brands - What has Dr Pepper Snapple Group bought for US1.7bn? - Focus 23 Nov 2016

Yesterday, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) agreed to purchase Bai Bubbles owner Bai Brands, in a deal worth US1.7bn. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the acquisition and the target company.  


Carlsberg's Q3 2016 results by region – Focus 9 Nov 2016

Earlier today, Carlsberg reported a 1% increase in third-quarter sales in organic terms on flat volumes. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the brewer’s performance in the three months to the end of September on a regional basis.


Molson Coors Q3 2016 performance by region - Focus 1 Nov 2016

Earlier today, Molson Coors reported its third-quarter and year-to-date results. Here, we look at the brewer's performance on a regional basis in the three months to the end of September.


Anheuser-Busch InBev's Q3 performance by region - Focus 28 Oct 2016

Earlier today, Anheuser-Busch InBev reported a drop in profits for the year so far. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's Q3 performance by region.


Heineken's YTD performance by region - Focus 26 Oct 2016

Today, Heineken reported a rise in YTD volumes. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's performance by region.


Ten ways to successfully target older consumers - Focus 25 Oct 2016

This week, Tetra Pak released a report on how best to market new products at the over-60s. According to the company, the demographic is the fastest-growing consumer age group and is seeing its spending power increase. The packaging firm issued a list of guidelines for beverage companies on what they should be doing to appeal to this important market.


"Our love affair with big brands is over" - Five ways small brands can beat the industry’s big players - Focus 20 Oct 2016

The COO of Diageo's entrepreneur investment arm, Distill Ventures, has set out five advantages that small, start-up brands have over large drinks companies.


What is Passoa and how is Remy Cointreau, Lucas Bols's new venture structured? - Focus 14 Oct 2016

Earlier today, Rémy Cointreau and Lucas Bols announced the creation of a joint-venture to handle the Passoã liqueur. In time, Lucas Bols will look to acquire the brand outright. Here, just-drinks looks at the Passoã brand and the mechanics of today's deal.


What do US wholesalers think of your spirits category? - Focus 20 Sep 2016

Morgan Stanley this week released its second survey of US wholesalers, which found increased confidence is the country's spirits market. The financial firm claims the report is more forward-looking than traditional channel data and attempts to "identify key trends before they appear in Nielsen data and sell-side forecasts". The survey also quizzed wholesalers on future category performance. Here's a run-down of the key findings:


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