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Wine must beware of the cannabis tidal wave

just-drinks' regular wine commentator Chris Losh has been away this summer. While away, has he been smoking something? If he has, it's given...

Molson Coors H1 2018 results - Preview

On Wednesday, Molson Coors will release first-half results for 2018. Here, just-drinks looks back the events that will have shaped the brewe...

A burst of clear-coloured beverage innovation in Japan this summer is challenging the traditional role of colour in beverage innovation, potentially providing new insights into the role colour plays in beverage choice. The conventional wisdom is that colour strongly affects the perceived taste and flavour of a beverage. Removing colour can be both disruptive and attention grabbing, but can violating colour-flavour norms really be a path to success in beverage innovation?

Richard Siddle | 2 Jul 2018

In late-March, Constellation Brands reported its results for the 12 months to the end of February. Sales in fiscal-2018 came in 7% up on the corresponding period a year earlier, as a healthy final quarter gave the period a flourish. Here, just-drinks considers Constellation's performance over the last five years.

Andy Morton | 28 Jun 2018

What do international brewers know about cannabis? Not very much, it seems, which is why Constellation Brands last year invested CAD245m (US$191m) in a cannabis manufacturer to help Corona's US owner bring a cannabis beverage to market. Molson Coors is reportedly seeking similar help in its potential push into the category.

These are changing times for kombucha. Molson Coors' acquisition of California-based Clearly Kombucha earlier this month, following PepsiCo's 2016 purchase of kombucha and vinegar tonics producer KeVita and Suja's (partly owned by Coca-Cola) recent kombucha extension show that the segment is in the process of graduating from niche status to a broader market sufficient in size and scope to interest the beverage giants. This being the case, the odds on 2018 marking a breakout year for kombucha are shortening.

Latest Interviews

Olly Wehring | 8 Jan 2018

Over the weekend, Molson Coors announced its purchase of UK cider producer Aspall Cyder. Earlier today, just-drinks spoke to Henry Chevallier Guild, from the family that owned Aspall, and the MD of Molson Coors UK & Ireland, Phil Whitehead.

Olly Wehring | 7 Dec 2017

In November, just-drinks grabbed some time with the CEO of the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, Henry Ashworth. The first part of our resultant interview, which can be found here, saw Ashworth explain what the organisation does and how it defines success. Here, in part two, we discuss IARD's relationship with the World Health Organisation and tackle the thorny issue of pricing as a tool in responsible drinking's arsenal.

Latest News

Lucy Britner | 5 Sep 2018

Molson Coors' US unit, MillerCoors, has announced plans to phase out 350 salaried positions as it looks to tackle ongoing industry challenges.

Richard Woodard | 5 Sep 2018

Long-serving beverage industry analyst Mark Swartzberg is quitting his role at Stifel Nicolaus to take over as global VP of investor relations at Molson Coors.

Andy Morton | 30 Aug 2018

Molson Coors' US unit, MillerCoors, is to launch a new line of alcoholic FMBs (flavoured malt beverages) that contain less sugar than competing brands.

Olly Wehring | 24 Aug 2018

Diageo has declined to comment on a report linking the drinks giant with a pending entry into the cannabis market in Canada.

Andy Morton | 23 Aug 2018

Beverages have been placed ninth out of 15 in a list of industries ranked by their "brand intimacy".

Andy Morton | 7 Aug 2018

Molson Coors is to withdraw Two Hats in the US, just a year after launching the flavoured beer brand.

Andy Morton | 6 Aug 2018

Oregon kombucha maker Humm Kombucha has claimed to have solved the problem of the drink's tendency to turn alcoholic.

Lucy Britner | 2 Aug 2018

Executives at Molson Coors have said consumer approval of cannabis is growing, as the company anticipates Canada could become a test bed for further innovation.

Andy Morton | 2 Aug 2018

Molson Coors sales declines improved slightly in the second quarter of the year but a global volumes drop saw the US and Canadian brewer pledge to address weakness in its home markets.

Lucy Britner | 2 Aug 2018

Molson Coors has become the latest company to line up entry into the cannabis beverages market in Canada. 

Lucy Britner | 10 Jul 2018

Molson Coors has announced the departure of its MillerCoors chief marketing officer.

Olly Wehring | 9 Jul 2018

Molson Coors has released details of the latest limited edition beer expression from Sharp's Brewery in the UK. Honza is the result of a collaboration between Cornwall-based Sharp's and Molson Coors' Czech beer brand, Staropramen.

Andy Morton | 26 Jun 2018

Molson Coors has declined to comment on reports that it is in talks with Canadian cannabis companies to collaborate on cannabis-infused beverages.

Andy Morton | 6 Jun 2018

Molson Coors has launched a Willy Wonka-style competition in the UK off-premise that urges consumers to hunt for a 'golden can' of its Carling lager brand.

Andy Morton | 24 May 2018

MillerCoors, the US unit of Molson Coors, has asked the US patent office to dismiss an application from South Korean alcohol giant HiteJinro for its Hite beer logo, due to the alleged possibility of consumers confusing it with branding for Miller Lite.

Lucy Britner | 23 May 2018

Jersey sponsorship has helped push sponsor revenues for the National Basketball Association in the US over the US$1bn mark, according to new figures, with several drinks companies contributing to the pot.

Andy Morton | 9 May 2018

Molson Coors is to add a fourth line to its Redd’s Wicked range of flavoured alcoholic beverages, Redd’s Wicked Lemonade.

Andy Morton | 8 May 2018

Molson Coors chairman Pete Coors has accused craft trade group the Brewers Association of driving a wedge through the industry by unfairly attacking so-called 'Big Beer'.

Andy Morton | 3 May 2018

Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter has promised his company will deliver on its full-year targets despite an "unusual" Q1 that saw sales and volumes sag.

Olly Wehring | 2 May 2018

Molson Coors has got off to a poor start to this year, with sales falling in the first quarter across all reporting regions.

Lucy Britner | 10 Apr 2018

Molson Coors' US unit has relaunched its Henry's Hard Sparkling brand.

Andy Morton | 29 Mar 2018

A former Molson Coors brewmaster and the creator of the Blue Moon Belgian-style ale brand, Keith Villa, has launched a non-alcoholic beverage line that contains THC, the psychoactive chemical from cannabis.

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