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Why Didn't Diageo Act Sooner on Mallya?

It's not every day that one can accuse the world's biggest spirits producer of being a bit stupid, but my peers in India are making hay toda...

Will Keurig Kold come to Coca-Cola Co's Rescue?

Will the next innovation in at-home carbonation prove to be the silver bullet for The Coca-Cola Co? Richard Corbett considers the prospects...

Comment - Heineken's move for Pivovarna Lasko

Nine months after Pivovarna Lasko hung out the 'for sale' sign, Heineken has emerged as the Slovenian firm's favoured suitor – or should tha...

Comment - Kraft, Heinz and the Merger Landscape

Following the announcement that Kraft Foods and Heinz are to merge, Ray Rowlands looks at some other actual - and would-be - company unions...


Comment - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water - Will the Sweetener Battle turn Sour? 5 May 2015

Ray Rowlands

Following the announcement that PepsiCo is dropping aspartame from its diet cola in the US, Drinksinfo's Ray Rowlands analyses the potential effect this could have on the country's soda market in general and on the company in particular.


Comment - Have Beverages Entered a New Age of Virtual Advertising? 1 May 2015

Andy Morton

The camera soars low over fields of spiked agave plants, past workers toiling under the hot Mexican sun. You turn your head as you drift into the hold of a truck. Suddenly you're in a bustling Tequila distillery, dipping under a two-tonne agave-crusher and through to a cask-filled warehouse.


Comment - Spirits - Will We Understand the Language of Rum? 21 Apr 2015

Richard Woodard

Gruppo Campari's decision to change the names of several rum brands in its Appleton Estate portfolio suggests that the segment may have stumbled on its own language. Does this mark the end of rum's reliance on the terminology used by Cognac and Scotch whisky? Richard Woodard delves deeper.


Editor's Viewpoint - Is Diageo on the Brink of a Brain Drain? 17 Apr 2015

Olly Wehring

Another day, another drinks executive stepping down “to explore new opportunities”. Usually, this is code for “is leaving to join one of our competitors in a slightly better-paid position”. But, with nowhere to go to yet, Andy Fennell's departure from Diageo is a strange one, especially as he has been held up internally as the 'next big thing'.


Comment – Wine - The Rising Profile of Lower ABV Wine 9 Apr 2015

Chris Losh

The low-alcohol wine segment has been around for a while now, but has thus far failed to win over too many fans. Things are changing, however, with consumers' taste preferences driving the sub-category to higher ground. Chris Losh delves deeper.


Comment - Spirits - 'Craft' and the Danger of 'Romance Copy' 26 Mar 2015

Ian Buxton

A storm appears to be brewing in the spirits category and it's a storm borne out of marketing. Can spirits companies settle the terminology tiff before things get out of hand, or is it too late? Ian Buxton investigates.


Comment - Brewers versus Distillers in Battle for Nutrition Control 26 Mar 2015

Andy Morton

Today, the Brewers of Europe announced that its members, which include all of the leading European brewers, are to voluntarily list ingredients and nutrition for all its beers in Europe. Last week, Diageo said it would do the same with its global brands such as Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker.


Editor's Viewpoint – Kicking Anheuser-Busch InBev/SABMiller 'Mega-Merger' Down the Road 26 Mar 2015

Olly Wehring

Many industry observers will have linked yesterday's major food M&A story with the ongoing rumbles around Anheuser-Busch InBev's widely-expected move for SABMiller. Shareholders of the two brewers clearly did the same, with the pair seeing their share prices fall markedly today.


Comment - Diageo's Nutrition Labels Give Industry Something to Digest 24 Mar 2015

Andy Morton

For a company sometimes viewed as large and ponderous, Diageo last week did a good job of outmanoeuvring its rivals.


Comment - Diageo Spins the Guinness Wheel... Again 23 Mar 2015

James Wilmore

The roller-coaster ride at the Guinness innovation department continues.


M&A Watch - Who should Stock Spirits Acquire in Central & Eastern Europe ? 23 Mar 2015

Stefan Kirk

With Stock Spirits still keen to increase its footprint in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE), which companies should it have on its shopping list? We present the case for Hungary's Zwack Unicum.


Comment - Why a Level Playing Field for Small Brewers is Vital to the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership 17 Mar 2015

EurActiv

A significant obstacle to European beer’s growth in the US is the unfair tax treatment for Europe’s smaller brewers when compared to their US counterparts, argues The Brewers of Europe's secretary general, Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.


Comment - Spirits - Don Julio: Diageo's Mexican Trojan Horse 12 Mar 2015

Richard Woodard

Last week, Diageo announced plans to invest US$400m on its operations in Mexico. While the headlines centred on the company's Don Julio Tequila operations, the country itself is ripe for growth. Richard Woodard investigates.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Nichols' Vimto Highlights Middle Eastern Promise 10 Mar 2015

Richard Corbett

This month, Richard Corbett looks at the Middle East, a region that offers a wealth of opportunities to the soft drinks and bottled water category.


Comment - Wine - Bordeaux's En Primeur on a Knife Edge 5 Mar 2015

Chris Losh

Stubbornly high release prices from Bordeaux's chateaux in recent years have put huge pressure on merchants and negociants alike. Chris Losh asks, what's gone wrong with en primeur?


Editor's Viewpoint - Will Coca-Cola's Image Shake-Up Set it Free? 5 Mar 2015

Olly Wehring

I have to take my hat off to the Western European divisions of The Coca-Cola Co. By bringing together the marketing and packaging for the group's namesake brand together with its healthier brethren, the units will finally be able to indirectly say what they've been itching to say – but daren't – for at least the last few years.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Is Australia the Real Home of Innovation? 3 Mar 2015

Ray Rowlands

Having recently returned from Australia, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd, takes a look at some of the recent soft drinks developments he encountered Down Under and draws the conclusion that, rather than being an isolated backwater, Australia is actually at the cutting edge of innovation.


Comment - Beckham, Diageo and the Allure of the Luxury Pop-Up 3 Mar 2015

Andy Morton

On Sunday night, ex-footballer and modern-day whisky impresario David Beckham held a party in central London.


Comment - Spirits - Where does 'Craft' End and 'Mass' Begin? 24 Feb 2015

Ian Buxton

In spirits, the craft segment is making hay, with consumers buying into the category's more artisanal, less global approach. But, where is the line drawn between craft distilling and mass distilling? Ian Buxton investigates.


Comment - Editor's Viewpoint - The End of the Road for Carlsberg's CEO 18 Feb 2015

Olly Wehring

The announced departure of a company's CEO on the same day as the reporting of a near-20% fall in full-year profits usually looks pretty black and white. But, there is far less of a sword-falling case to conclude when it comes to Carlsberg today.


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