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How will robotics improve drinks packing? - Focus 7 Mar 2019

Robotic technologies have proved their place in helping to keep food and beverages safe. In no small part, this has been due to their ability to monitor and manage the packing stages of manufacture. In conversation with Roy Fraser, global product manager at industrial robot supplier ABB, Joe Baker investigates the trends that have fuelled the robot revolution, and considers how packaging might be further automated in the future.

Is Global Travel Retail a step too far for Tito's Handmade Vodka? - Focus 23 Oct 2018

The US success of Tito's Handmade Vodka has already put some industry noses out of joint. Now, the self-styled craft vodka with the multinational-level volumes is hoping to do the same in the Global Travel Retail channel. But, can the brand sow the same disruption it created in its domestic market?

What a 'no-deal' Brexit would look like for drinks companies - Focus 15 Oct 2018

As Brexit Day draws ever closer, the negotiations between the UK and the European Union have reached a critical point this week, with the European Council set to meet on Wednesday to discuss what happens next. In two separate statements, released today, two drinks trade associations have sounded the alarm bells about the consequences of the two sides failing to reach an agreement. Here, according to SpiritsEurope and the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, is what a 'no-deal' Brexit would look like.

"Where is the next opportunity? It's in Asia. And, in Asia, the opportunity is China" - South African wine gets serious in China - Focus - Cape Wine 2018 28 Sep 2018

Of all the statistics bandied around at the Cape Wine exhibition in Cape Town earlier this month, one in particular stood out: 37% of South African wineries don't make a profit.

Eleven consumer trends for 2019 – Trend Hunter Future Festival - Focus 27 Sep 2018

As part of the Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto last week, the consumer insights company laid out key trends for 2019. Here, Lucy Britner highlights the top picks for food and drinks.

How to lead a business through disruption – lessons from the former CEO of Chicago Tribune – Trend Hunter Future Festival 25 Sep 2018

In this era of unprecedented disruption, the need for businesses to reinvent themselves in order to succeed has never been so great. But, what if a company could capitalise on disruption itself, in order to create better business opportunities?

Where has Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits gone wrong? - Focus 7 Sep 2018

Earlier this week, Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits confirmed it is considering selling off some brands in a bid to reduce costs. At the same time, the group revised its full-year earnings outlook downwards, which it now expects to come in between -EUR20m to -EUR25m.

Lagunitas - the US brewery that wants to infect Heineken - Focus 15 Aug 2018

Ask Tony Magee, the founder of Heineken's Californian craft brewer, Lagunitas Brewing Co, about the relationship his company has with the global brewer and he'll tell you: "We are trying to infect them with our thinking."

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - June 2018 3 Jul 2018

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during June.

Middle-class Millennials, working with Tencent and using Big Data – Pernod Ricard's operations in China - Focus 12 Jun 2018

Last week, Pernod Ricard hosted analysts, journalists and investors at its latest Capital Market Day, in China. The company outlined its ambition to double the size of the imported spirits sector in the country by 2025.

Pernod Ricard Capital Market Day 2018 - Asia overview - Focus 11 Jun 2018

Last week, analysts, journalists and investors from around the world travelled to Shenzhen in China for Pernod Ricard's Capital Market Day. The group's management was keen to show why Asia is a "key engine" for growth and why China, in particular, remains an exciting prospect.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - May 2018 8 Jun 2018

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during May.

Brown-Forman fiscal-2018 - results data 6 Jun 2018

In early-June, Brown-Forman reported results for its fiscal-2018. The group saw sales in the 12 months to the end of April rise by 6%, with fourth-quarter sales increasing by 5%. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's sales performance in the 12-month period.

How did the alcoholic drinks sectors fare in 2018? - Analysis 17 May 2018

As Euromonitor's latest annual research approaches completion, 2017 is starting to look like it was a vintage year. The alcoholic drinks industry's global volume growth might not appear positively intoxicating at first glance but, at 1%, this is actually its strongest performance in half a decade.

Campari Group Q1 2018 - results data 8 May 2018

In early-May, Campari Group reported its results for the first quarter of 2018. Here, just-drinks takes an in-depth look at the company's performance in the three months to the end of March.

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