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We report back from drinks companies' conference calls post-results announcement.



COVID-19 fails to stem premiumisation flow in US spirits - Brown-Forman 10 Jun 2020

The head of Brown-Forman has praised the US spirits consumer for their resilience, with premiumisation in the country's spirits category continuing, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Remy Cointreau to solve fractured e-commerce focus with united front - CEO 5 Jun 2020

Remy Cointreau is to bring e-commerce for all its brands under one roof as the group ramps up digital channels in the wake of the coronavirus.


PepsiCo energy play will create "common enemy" for Coca-Cola - Monster Beverage Corp 12 May 2020

Monster Beverage Corp has poured cold water on PepsiCo's expansion in energy drinks while warning that the move will see the Monster Energy owner unite with The Coca-Cola Co against a "common enemy".


China on the mend despite nightlife lag - Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO 11 May 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev's volumes in China are starting to recover despite a slow return to growth from the country's nightlife channel, CEO Carlos Brito has said.


The Coca-Cola Co falls back on core soda brands as retailers tweak shelf space 23 Apr 2020

The Coca-Cola Co will focus on core brands during the coronavirus pandemic as supermarkets change shelf space, the soft drinks company's CEO has said.


"This will sort out the sheep from the lambs" - Cramele Recas founder Philip Cox - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 7 Apr 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will be "painful but not deadly" for the global wine industry, according to the founder of Romanian winery Cramele Recas, with financially-unstable wine companies facing the greatest threat.


"Wine has been inherently conservative for a very long time" - just-drinks speaks to Kingsland Drinks MD Ed Baker 11 Mar 2020

Over the past four years, Kingsland Drinks has invested heavily in production facilities as the bulk wine and spirits producer and co-packer for major UK supermarkets and brands looks to open up new growth categories for customers facing a challenged UK wine market. Investment has included a GBP5m (US$6.5m) high-speed bottling line, as well as bag-in-box and spirits-filling lines. A canning line has recently gone live, allowing Kingsland to produce wine RTDs such as its own brand, Vin Crowd, which was launched last week. As Brexit and changing consumer demands put the spotlight on UK wine, just-drinks spoke to Kingsland MD Ed Baker about the company's recent spends and heard about the areas Kingsland's client base is looking to target in a "fundamentally changed" wine market.


Brown-Forman looks to bounce back from Bacardi UK disruption 5 Mar 2020

Brown-Forman management has blamed declines in the UK on the exit of a distribution and sales partnership with Bacardi, but believes the disruption is only short-term.


The Coca-Cola Co enters US with Costa Coffee machines 24 Feb 2020

The Coca-Cola Co has launched its first Costa Coffee vending machines in the US as the group continues to expand the brand around the world.


Hard seltzer a tougher sell in Australia warns Coca-Cola Amatil 24 Feb 2020

Coca-Cola Amatil, the Australian distributor for Beam Suntory, has said it would rather expand its existing portfolio than branch out into the unknown with hard seltzer in the country.


The Boston Beer Co ready to fight hard seltzer "elephants in bathtub" 20 Feb 2020

The Boston Beer Co is confident its Truly hard seltzer brand can withstand the coming onslaught of mainstream beer brands into the category.


Campari Group keen to break new cocktail markets through Asia HQ switch to Singapore 20 Feb 2020

Campari Group CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz has said switching his company's Asia headquarters from Australia to Singapore will bring staff closer to new core spirits markets.


Coffee beans a bigger play than RTDs in Costa roll-out - Coca-Cola HBC 19 Feb 2020

Coffee bean pack sales will account for a larger slice of Coca-Cola HBC's Costa Coffee rollout than RTDs, the group CEO has forecast.


Pernod Ricard braces for coronavirus hit as China on-premise shuts down 17 Feb 2020

Pernod Ricard has said it expects the coronavirus outbreak to shave 2% off the group's overall year-end sales as on-premise outlets in the worst-hit areas will stay closed until the end of June.


PepsiCo happy with Lipton iced tea JV despite Unilever sale talk 14 Feb 2020

The possible divestment by Unilever of its stake in an iced tea joint-venture will not have "substantive" ramifications, according to JV partner PepsiCo.


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