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Japan and the global soft drinks race

This month, Ray Rowlands follows the progress of the latest Japanese company to look beyond its domestic market: DyDo Drinco has high hopes...

Is time right for TWE to move for Diageo's wines?

It’s hard to believe now, but when Diageo acquired Seagram’s wine operations in late-2000, it was seen as a real opportunity; exciting even....

Will a sexed-up SABMiller tempt AB InBev?

It's all too much to happen on one day for this to be a coincidence, surely? Is SABMiller showing a bit of leg to Anheuser-Busch InBev while...

Is Brown-Forman at the end of the SoCo road?

Much as Brown-Forman would not be drawn on reports last week that its Southern Comfort whiskey liqueur has been put up for sale, the brand's...

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller - Here's what's going to happen next - Editor's Viewpoint 7 Oct 2015

Olly Wehring

We finally have some numbers to play with in Anheuser-Busch InBev's tussle with SABMiller. Add in a deadline that is only days away, and we've got ourselves our own drinks industry cliffhanger going on.

Is Brown-Forman doing a Jack Daniel's with its Irish whiskey brand? - Comment 2 Oct 2015

Lucy Britner

At the official ground-breaking ceremony for Brown-Forman's Slane Castle Irish whiskey distillery this week, the talk among a few of the guests was about why the company - which outlined heritage as an important factor when it comes to targeting new consumers - hadn't chosen to buy a moth-balled distillery with a ready-made history.

Are we kidding ourselves over craft spirits? - Comment 1 Oct 2015

Richard Woodard

This month, Richard Woodard drills down into the perceived threat of craft spirits and finds more than just a load of small-scale brand names to worry about.

What does 'luxury' mean to Millennials? - Comment 23 Sep 2015

Lucy Britner

At Beam Suntory's big reveal for Courvoisier in Paris, it became clear that more and more brands are on a quest for authenticity, in order to reach that all-important Millennial consumer. The latest brand alignment sees Courvoisier back in Paris, where it was the toast of the Golden Age and the drink enjoyed at the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.

What have craft spirits ever done for us? - Comment 22 Sep 2015

Ian Buxton

Much has been made of the effect that the rise of the craft spirits segment has had on the broader spirits category. Ian Buxton, however, believes that effect isn't quite as powerful as some have previously feared.

What the new Johnnie Walker campaign says about the next generation of consumers 18 Sep 2015

Lucy Britner

Another day, another new advertising campaign. Naturally it’s the biggest/best/furthest-reaching/boldest/most innovative (delete as appropriate). And everyone who worked on it thinks it’s great.

Is South African wine about to crack the US? - Comment 17 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Last week, an email dropped into the inbox of Hannes Spangenberg, brand manager for South African winery Excelsior. It was from his US importer; three Excelsior wines were to feature in Wine Enthusiast's October top 100 list, a rundown of the world's best-value wines.

AB InBev and SABMiller - The birth of MegaBrew - Comment 16 Sep 2015

Larry Nelson

Finally, the moment everyone in the brewing universe has been waiting for has arrived, not with a thunderclap or volcanic eruption or heralds trumpeting, but rather with a prosaic exchange of email alerts.

Editor's Viewpoint - AB InBev and SABMiller – We (all) told you so 16 Sep 2015

Olly Wehring

Today's confirmation that Anheuser-Busch InBev is exploring a bid for SABMiller will have come as a surprise to precisely nobody in the global beer industry. And, while it is by no means a done-deal, there's a certain sense of inevitability about it that many have felt for quite a while now.

Soft drinks grow in West Europe in 2015 but challenges remain - Comment 15 Sep 2015

Richard Corbett

Here in the UK, the swifts, swallows and housemartins have packed up and are making their way back to Africa signalling the end of another summer in Europe. As we enter the autumn of the year we are now well placed to identify the trends in place in West Europe that will define the year from the perspective of the soft drinks industry.

South Africa's Bulk Wine Curse - Comment 15 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Trade show opening speeches are rarely roof-raisers and Cape Wine 2015's today was true to form. However, Siobhan Thompson's welcome address did contain one particular point of interest.

But, where are we going to sell our wine? - Comment 10 Sep 2015

Chris Losh

Problems in China have spooked the wine industry in recent months. Chris Losh takes a look at what has gone wrong in the country, and where else wine producers could look to sell their wares.

How can the Coca-Cola system make hay in Indonesia? - Comment 8 Sep 2015

Ray Rowlands

This month, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd puts the spotlight on Indonesia and examines The Coa-Cola Co’s commitment, and that of its regional bottler CCA, to investing in this potentially bountiful Asian market.

Are we about to see a no-alcohol Heineken? - Comment 2 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Last week, Heineken held its quarterly 'What's Brewing' seminar, a chance for analysts to hear the latest strategy from the brewer.

Japan follows in Scotch whisky's footsteps - but where does that leave consumers? - Comment 27 Aug 2015

Lucy Britner

The Scotch whisky industry has enjoyed many a boom and suffered many a bust and reports suggest Japanese whisky is following in its footsteps.

Why consumers don't care about vodka's provenance - Comment 25 Aug 2015

Richard Woodard

This month, Richard Woodard considers the marketing opportunity - or lack thereof - of provenance when it comes to marketing in the vodka segment.

Craft Beer and Private Equity's "Envious Eyes" - Comment 25 Aug 2015

Andy Morton

Do craft brewers view private equity firms in the same way HG Wells did his Martians in War of the Worlds?

Direct sales - Can drinks companies do better than retailers? - Comment 25 Aug 2015

Lucy Britner

Grupo Modelo has become the latest company to cut out the middle man when it comes to delivering alcohol to consumers' homes.

Rye: No Longer on the Rocks - Comment 18 Aug 2015

Ian Buxton

The brown spirits category continues to see segments rise and fall in popularity. This month, Ian Buxton looks at rye, which has surprised many with its recent return to form.

Will our children see brand Coke in a different light to us? - Comment 17 Aug 2015

Olly Wehring

The Coca-Cola Co has come in for a bit of a beat-down on last week's news that it is funding research backing exercise over calorie-cutting for weight loss. Much as the move is a no-brainer for a CSD company, it's still quite easy to understand why some people are so disappointed with the group.

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