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What's coming up in beer in 2017? - Comment

Our series of category forecasts continues. After Chris Losh shared his wine predictions last week, here's Stephen Beaumont to tell us how h...

What's coming up in wine in 2017? - Comment

Throughout this month, just-drinks' regular category commentators will be sharing their predictions for the year ahead. First up is Chris Lo...

How Cognac can bridge the gap between China and US

To coincide with the release of just-drinks latest Spirits Essentials coverage, Richard Woodard considers the dangers facing the Cognac segm...

The season of Japanese goodwill in M&A - Comment

It is an established fact that, desperate for growth outside of their stagnant home market, Japanese companies have frequently had to pay a...

Sipsmith Gin and spirits players’ fight to cover off craft – Editor’s Viewpoint 16 Dec 2016

Olly Wehring

Even before today’s news that Beam Suntory has filled the premium gin-shaped hole in its portfolio, we at just-drinks had concluded that 2016 was gin’s year. Today’s announcement serves merely to vindicate this view.

What effect - if any - has the legalisation of marijuana had on US beer sales? - Comment 16 Dec 2016

Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association

Reports in recent weeks have suggested that marijuana legalisation has created a drag on beer sales in states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. Although it is not yet clear what the long-term effects of marijuana legalisation will be, I see no evidence that, in the short term, legalisation has had an effect on beer sales.

Eight years at the top at Coca-Cola Co, but is Muhtar Kent's biggest challenge still ahead? - Comment 9 Dec 2016

Andy Morton

As Muhtar Kent prepares to step down as CEO of The Coca-Cola Co, the question everyone will be asking is: What will his legacy be?

Is Irish whiskey ready to recognise its potential? - Comment 29 Nov 2016

Ian Buxton

One of the more lively spirits sectors in recent years, Irish whiskey is certainly on the up. But, on the second anniversary of Bushmills' change of ownership, Ian Buxton asks if the country's distillers are in danger of over-stating Irish whiskey's prospects.

Why taking the hit in Asia is worth it for soft drinks - Comment 24 Nov 2016

Richard Corbett

Long considered a colourful place to do business, Asia has grown increasingly important for soft drinks companies who are chasing growth. Richard Corbett takes a look at the region and finds that the perceived risk is most certainly worth taking.

How are mid-sized brewers coping with the consolidation squeeze? - Comment 23 Nov 2016

Stephen Beaumont

As consolidation at each end of the beer spectrum dominates the headlines, Stephen Beaumont looks at the squeeze on those in the middle. How is life for those too big to play small and too small to play big?

Are soft drinks staring into an Indian abyss? - Comment 16 Nov 2016

Ray Rowlands

This month, Ray Rowlands focuses his attention on the recent announcement that carbonated soft drinks are to be classified as luxury items in India, and considers the disastrous effect the move could have on the country’s soda market.

Where have all wine's young guns gone? - Comment 10 Nov 2016

Chris Losh

As the drinks world is lit up by new spins on established sectors, Chris Losh considers whether the wine category risks getting left behind by the International Bright Young Things.

Anheuser-Busch InBev's battle to save craft beer from the tyranny of choice - Comment 2 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

just-drinks sparked a Twitter mini-storm in the craft beer world this week when I reported a few unguarded comments from Anheuser-Busch InBev's CEO, Carlos Brito.

Coffee and doughnuts – Will The Coca-Cola Co’s Dunkin’ Donuts move pay off? - Comment 25 Oct 2016

Ray Rowlands

This month, soft drinks commentator Ray Rowlands focuses on the recently-announced marriage between The Coca-Cola Co and coffee house chain Dunkin' Donuts, and contemplates where the tie-up might eventually lead.

Why stevia can still win in soft drinks - Comment 21 Oct 2016

Richard Corbett

Consumer trends, along with government pressure and drinks companies' calorie pledges, mean the future for stevia is bright, regardless of its chequered past. Richard Corbett explains.

The end is nigh for Global Travel Retail - Comment 18 Oct 2016

Andy Morton

After spending a week in Cannes earlier this month at TFWA’s annual Travel Retail exhibition, I have come to the conclusion that those predicting a healthy future for GTR have - if you’ll excuse the obvious idiom - their heads in the clouds.

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.

The trends set to drive beer's future - Comment 13 Oct 2016

Stephen Beaumont

The Great American Beer Festival returned, earlier this month. just-drinks' beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont travelled to Denver to report from the three-day event and gauge the health of the beer category in the US.

Why wine has become a slave to water - Comment 11 Oct 2016

Chris Losh

The importance of water in the production of wine has grown in recent years, to such an extent that many wine companies are struggling. Chris Losh considers where irrigation has become a problem issue.

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.

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