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The threat of excess choice in beer is over-stated

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,...

Signs of life in Japan's beer market - Comment

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...

Chile's wine future burned by wild fires - Comment

Wild fires hit the Chilean - and then global - headlines earlier this month. The subsequent damage to some of the country's vineyards may ha...

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

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....


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.


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.


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?


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.


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