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Why stevia can still win in soft drinks - Comment

Consumer trends, along with government pressure and drinks companies' calorie pledges, mean the future for stevia is bright, regardless of i...

The end is nigh for Global Travel Retail - Comment

After spending a week in Cannes earlier this month at TFWA’s annual Travel Retail exhibition, I have come to the conclusion that those predi...

The trends set to drive beer's future - Comment

The Great American Beer Festival returned, earlier this month. just-drinks' beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont travelled to Denver to report...

Why wine has become a slave to water - Comment

The importance of water in the production of wine has grown in recent years, to such an extent that many wine companies are struggling. Chri...

A Keeper of the Quaich writes - Editor's Viewpoint 18 Oct 2016

Olly Wehring

As I write, I am heading back to London from Scotland with a whole new set of unforgettable memories from an evening spent in Scotch.

How to win in gin - Comment 6 Oct 2016

Richard Woodard

As one of the drinks industry's more unpredictable booms continues, have we reached 'peak gin'? Not yet, suggests Richard Woodard, but new market entrants will have to be smart – or have deep pockets – if they're to cash in.

So long, SAB - Anheuser-Busch InBev and the death of SABMiller - Editor's Viewpoint 6 Oct 2016

Olly Wehring

I'll spare you the 'Fat Lady' analogies but, if you do hear some singing this week, it's likely to be Anheuser-Busch InBev staff in a good, post-deal-closure mood.

What have we learned from Scotch whisky's performance in 2016? - Comment 4 Oct 2016

Ian Buxton

This month, spirits commentator Ian Buxton ponders the conclusions bandied about following the publication of Scotch whisky export numbers for the first six months of 2016.

Coke Life - Coca-Cola's niche soda that tried to be so much more - Comment 30 Sep 2016

Andy Morton

It was to be a key weapon in The Coca-Cola Co's fight against declining soda sales. But since its launch in Argentina in 2013 Coke Life has carried the whiff of underachievement as consumers struggled to connect with its lower-sugar (but not no-sugar) positioning.

From crass to craft - The aluminium can's role in the future of beer - Comment 27 Sep 2016

Lucy Britner

In the beer category, the aluminium can was until recently considered the bastion of the big brand. Here in the UK, this continues to be the case: There are still stacks of them flanking supermarket entrances in all their 20x44cl pack glory.

Why are sports drinks failing to ride the Olympic wave? - Comment 22 Sep 2016

Richard Corbett

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at the sports drinks category and considers its continued reliance on one market at a time when its global future should look considerably more upbeat.

It isn't just men who like beer - Comment 20 Sep 2016

Stephen Beaumont

Back in the 1990s, a demographic peculiarity began to make itself apparent at beer festivals in the US and Canada. Rather than attracting what most would have considered the predictable scores of male beer drinkers, these festivals, heavily populated by what we then called 'microbreweries', began to be increasingly patronised by females.

How soft drinks can exploit alcohol's loss - Comment 15 Sep 2016

Ray Rowlands

This month, Ray Rowlands explores the world of adult soft drinks and highlights the growing threat they pose to the alcoholic drinks industry.

Brexit - What is certain is that nothing is certain - Editor's Viewpoint 14 Sep 2016

Olly Wehring

Attending the UK Wine & Spirits Trade Association’s annual conference in London yesterday, I was particularly struck by one thought: Stripping out every use of the words "if", "could", "might", probably" and "likely" would have made the whole event a darn sight shorter. The main topic of the day? Of course: Brexit.

Why China is as much about wine production as wine consumption - Comment 8 Sep 2016

Chris Losh

Looking through the mist, Chris Losh can see China's wine production efforts becoming of greater importance to the wine world than the country's potential to consume the stuff.

Why has Accolade Wines lost another CEO? - Editor's Viewpoint 1 Sep 2016

Olly Wehring

When it comes to HR announcements, the departure of a chief executive always gets the juices flowing. Why are they going? Where are they going? Who is replacing them? When the announcement isn’t even an announcement, however, then you’ll forgive us for being a mite suspicious. The confirmation by Accolade Wines on Tuesday of an internal memo detailing Paul Schaafsma’s plans to stand down within the next ten months is just such a curious turn. Why is he going? Where is he going? Who is replacing him? Far more pertinently, though: Why didn’t you tell us?

Job cuts may not be the whole story at work-intense Anheuser-Busch InBev - Comment 26 Aug 2016

Andy Morton

Is Carlos Brito's job in danger?

The decline of the flagship beer brand - Comment 25 Aug 2016

Stephen Beaumont

It's seven o'clock in the morning, and the gathering crowd already boasts a few dozen hardy souls. By the time sales actually commence in a few hours, there will be many times that number standing patiently in a line that will snake from the door down the block and likely around the corner. Welcome to the world of one-off beers.

Craft spirits shake-out will be just the beginning - Comment 23 Aug 2016

Ian Buxton

As just-drinks white spirits commentator, Richard Woodard, noted earlier this month, we are experiencing a latter-day Gin Craze. But, here in the 21st Century, this is no Hogarthian excess: This boom in small batch spirits is a further manifestation of the global development of craft distilling. Far from slowing down, the craft distilling movement appears to be gathering pace and attracting ever greater interest from consumers and industry giants.

How Treasury Wine Estates is rewriting the rule book - Editor's Viewpoint 22 Aug 2016

Olly Wehring

For years, they said it couldn't be done. In wine, the theory goes, if you're playing a volume game then you can't all of a sudden make the switch to a value-focussed strategy. And, for a long time, they were right: Talk in recent years of getting consumers to trade up their wine choices has fallen on deaf ears. Within the space of just two years, however, Treasury Wine Estates has proved the theory wrong.

Has Diet Coke passed its sell-by date? - Comment 16 Aug 2016

Richard Corbett

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at Coca-Cola's most successful brand extension and ponders its relevance in today's soft drinks arena.

How to verify a gin boom - Comment 11 Aug 2016

Richard Woodard

There is a definite scent of juniper in the air. But how long will it last? Richard Woodard takes a closer look at the rise and rise of gin. 

What does the future hold for bottled water? - Comment 9 Aug 2016

Ray Rowlands

Bottled water looks set to overtake soda as the number one soft drink choice in the US. Here, Ray Rowlands examines how the global bottled water market has developed and how it will continue to evolve.

How the Internet of Things is shaking up the cocktail market – Consumer Trends 4 Aug 2016

Ben Cooper

Rapid and constant connection to the Internet has already transformed how consumers interact with the market, but the digital revolution is by its very nature a continuing phenomenon. In this month’s Consumer Trends, Ben Cooper investigates the link between a recent multi-billion-pound tech deal and the Moscow Mule.

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