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Ben Cooper | 13 Feb 2018

Earlier this month, just-drinks talked to Evian global brand director Patricia Oliva about the water brand's recent commitment to make all its bottles from recycled plastic by 2025. Here, sustainability editor Ben Cooper considers how Evian's move underlines the increased attention being focused on plastics recycling. Ben also flags up some other sustainability hotspots for the coming year.

Olly Wehring | 5 Feb 2018

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during January.

Stephen Beaumont | 23 Jan 2018

Our 2018 category previews continue. Here, beer industry commentator Stephen Beaumont shares his predictions on how the brewing world will weather the year ahead.

Ian Shackleton | 11 Apr 2017

Having focused (virtually) on Brazil in his last piece, this month our correspondent Ian Shackleton travels to Asia. Here, the former analyst shares a few thoughts on how the region might take on the West when it comes to beverages.

Latest Interviews

Andy Morton | 10 May 2018

After leading the sell-off of SABMiller's European beer brands to Asahi, Hector Gorosabel was then hired by the Japanese group to take them to a new audience, as CEO of its European office. In the second of just-drinks' two-part interview (click here for part I), Gorosabel discusses how the old SAB playbook is still in use, the challenges of brewing Asahi Super Dry in Europe, and why the health & wellness trend shouldn't frighten the beer industry.

Andy Morton | 8 May 2018

As the man in charge of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Grolsch and SABMiller's other European brands sold off after its takeover, Hector Gorosabel had a front-row seat for the dismantlement of one of the world's major brewers. Then, Asahi came calling and offered him the chance to lead his former charges in a fresh direction for the Japanese giant. In a two-part interview with just-drinks, Gorosabel discusses how he came to accept his new role, and reveals the behind-the-scenes emotions as SABMiller went out of existence.

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Andy Morton | 16 Nov 2018

Asian beer is enjoying a global high as a number of top-selling brews climbed the rankings in a new list of the world's most valuable beer brands.

Andy Morton | 30 Aug 2018

China's two biggest brewers have posted first-half sales rises as consumers increasingly move to premium beers, according to a report.

Richard Woodard | 1 Aug 2018

Asahi has announced a redesign of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, described as the Italian beer brand's biggest revamp since 2005.

Olly Wehring | 4 Jun 2018

Asahi has lined up an addition to its St Stefanus beer brand, starting in the UK.

Andy Morton | 17 May 2018

Asahi is to give away free cans of its overhauled Asahi Super Dry in a new UK sampling programme with meal home-delivery service Deliveroo.

Andy Morton | 10 May 2018

The head of Asahi Europe has calmed concerns that younger consumers are more likely to hit the gym than their local bar, telling just-drinks that the health & wellness trend is "good for beer".

Lucy Britner | 26 Apr 2018

Asahi has lined up its "biggest ever" marketing push for the Asahi Super Dry brand in the UK market.

Andy Morton | 15 Jan 2018

Asahi Holdings has relaunched its core beer Asahi Super Dry in the UK as it looks to Europe to make up for weak domestic sales.

Lucy Britner | 2 Jan 2018

Asahi Group Holdings has readied its previously-announced intention to offload two soft drinks joint-ventures in Indonesia.

Lucy Britner | 20 Dec 2017

Asahi Group Holdings has agreed to sell its stake in China's Tsingtao Brewery Co.

Andy Morton | 17 Oct 2017

Asahi's London brewery, Meantime Brewing Co, has launched two limited-edition beers, designed to be mixed together to give consumers a latte-style blend of coffee and cream ale.

Olly Wehring | 16 Oct 2017

Asahi Group Holdings has started the wheels rolling on a potential divestment of its stake in China's Tsingtao Brewery Co.

Andy Morton | 9 Oct 2017

Dubai-based distributor Maritime & Mercantile International is to handle Asahi's portfolio in South Africa after acquiring a majority stake in Brand 2 Consumer Premium Drinks Co.

Andy Morton | 29 Sep 2017

Asahi's UK brewery Meantime has launched its first gluten-free beer.

Andy Morton | 25 Sep 2017

Asahi is to start producing its Super Dry beer brand in Europe, the brewer's president has told reporters. 

Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2017

Japanese brewer Asahi has reportedly said it is ready to follow its recent burst of acquisition activity with "billions of dollars" more in spending.

Olly Wehring | 11 Sep 2017

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking has released its fourth annual Producers’ Commitments progress report.

Andy Morton | 24 Aug 2017

Japanese alcohol producer Asahi Group is to go it alone in Taiwan after setting up a wholly-owned subsidiary, according to reports out of Japan.

Andy Morton | 13 Jul 2017

Japan's domestic beer shipments fell to a record low for the fifth first-half-year in a row, as all three segments of the category declined amid tax changes, according to local reports.

Lucy Britner | 30 Jun 2017

Asahi has agreed to sell its stake in the Tingyi-Asahi Beverages soft drinks unit in China to Tingyi.

Andy Morton | 5 Jun 2017

Asahi is continuing to focus investment on recent European acquisition Peroni Nastro Azzurro with the launch of a new outdoor marketing campaign.

Andy Morton | 13 Apr 2017

Asahi's UK brewery, Meantime Brewing Co, has launched three of its flagship beers in 33cl cans. 

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