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What the future looks like for Australian wine

Earlier this year, Chris Losh attended an Australian tasting in the UK and got a glimpse of the future for the country's wine producers. Her...

Travel Retail needs a disruptor - Comment

In an interview with just-drinks this week, Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard had some strong words for Travel Retail....

Are Millennials too young for brown spirits?

This month, just-drinks' brown spirits commentator, Ian Buxton, considers the sector's efforts to entice the Millennial consumer into the fr...

Where does 'craft' sit in soft drinks? - Comment

While the term craft continues to dominate many areas of the drinks industry, the soft drinks category appears to be immune to the concept....

A Great British Gin Boom - The outlook for 2017 - Industry Comment 8 Mar 2017

Eric Sampers, global brand director for English gins, Chivas Bros

Late last month, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association released figures showing that in 2016 exports of British gin grew by 12%, reaching almost GBP500m (US$627m). Although the category has seen positive growth for a number of years this figure was a truly phenomenal sign of the category's international success - and there are no signs to show that growth is slowing down.

Heineken's new range foreshadows craft beer's straitened future - Comment 27 Feb 2017

Andy Morton

With just over 20% of the country's total beer market value, the craft category in the US is ahead of the global curve.

Why the threat of excess choice in beer is over-stated - Comment 21 Feb 2017

Stephen Beaumont

A theory has formed in the beer industry in recent months that the sheer range of brews on offer is leading to consumer fatigue. This month, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers the evidence supporting and countering this theory.

Is Japan's beer market coming back to life? - Comment 21 Feb 2017

Andy Morton

The long-accepted truth for Japan's beer market is that domestic consumption is in long-term decline, forcing the country's brewers to look overseas for growth.

Tobacco's hopes for drinks, stock of the year and the death of the analyst - The just-drinks Analyst 15 Feb 2017

Ian Shackleton

In his latest commentary for just-drinks, former drinks analyst Ian Shackleton considers the tobacco model for drinks companies. He also gives us his tip of the stock to watch in 2017.

Chile's wine future burned by wild fires - Comment 9 Feb 2017

Chris Losh

Wild fires hit the Chilean - and then global - headlines earlier this month. The subsequent damage to some of the country's vineyards may have affected just a few, but, as Chris Losh observes, that damage could have catastrophic consequences for Chile's flag-bearing wine makers.

How successful will Diageo be with its latest Irish whiskey play? - Comment 7 Feb 2017

Lucy Britner

When Diageo announced its exit from the Irish whiskey category in 2015, through the divestment of the Bushmills brand and distillery to Casa Cuervo, many observers were left confused: Why would the world's leading spirits company want to exit a spirits sector that was very clearly on the cusp of a boom?

Will the UK have self-pour pubs by 2019? - Comment 3 Feb 2017

Andy Morton

This is the latest in on-trade technology. Created by UK firm Bottoms Up, the draught system can pour a pint in six seconds, without spilling a drop. It is aimed at large entertainment venues such as football stadiums, where its high speed can alleviate bottlenecks at half-time concession stands.

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 1 Feb 2017

Ian Buxton

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months.

Moderation - a golden opportunity for the beer category - Industry Comment 1 Feb 2017

Jason Warner, North Europe president, Anheuser-Busch InBev

'Dry January' may be over for another year, but the concept continues to divide opinion. While some will be feeling proud of their achievement, others will have succumbed to the odd cheeky pint. The rest will just be relieved to have their mates back in the pub.

What's coming up in soft drinks in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 24 Jan 2017

Richard Corbett

just-drinks' preview of the year ahead continues. As our category commentators give us their views on what 2017 has in store, Richard Corbett chips in with his predictions for the soft drinks sector.

Kirin's troubles in Brazil - When BRIC markets go horribly wrong - Editor's Viewpoint 20 Jan 2017

Olly Wehring

The general intention of Japan's drinks companies to break out of their domestic market has been a headline of the last six years, at least. Today's confirmation that Kirin Holdings is looking to pull out of Brazil, however, shows the pitfalls of this strategy. Indeed, the fact that this is playing out in one of the fabled BRIC markets serves to bring the strategy into worrying relief.

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 19 Jan 2017

Richard Woodard

Following on from Chris Losh's look at the year ahead for wine and Stephen Beaumont's consideration of the future for beer, Richard Woodard looks at how the white spirits segment is shaping up for 2017.

What's coming up in beer in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 17 Jan 2017

Stephen Beaumont

Our series of category forecasts continues. After Chris Losh shared his wine predictions last week, here's Stephen Beaumont to tell us how he sees the beer sector shaping up in 2017.

What's coming up in wine in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 12 Jan 2017

Chris Losh

Throughout this month, just-drinks' regular category commentators will be sharing their predictions for the year ahead. First up is Chris Losh, who flags what we should look out for in 2017.

How can Cognac bridge the gap between China and the US? - Comment 5 Jan 2017

Richard Woodard

To coincide with the release of just-drinks latest Spirits Essentials coverage, Richard Woodard considers the dangers facing the Cognac segment if it continues to operate solely at the extremes of China and the US.

The season of Japanese goodwill as M&A premium hits home - Comment 19 Dec 2016

Andy Morton

It is an established fact that, desperate for growth outside of their stagnant home market, Japanese companies have frequently had to pay a premium in global M&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?

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