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How much longer can US whiskey keep growing?

It's been one of the success stories of the Century so far. Spirits commentator Ian Buxton looks at US whiskey to see if an end to the categ...

Soft drinks is losing the recycling game

A recent report from Greenpeace has condemned the world's largest soft drinks producers for not doing enough to address ocean pollution caus...


Ian Buxton | 1 Feb 2017

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.


Richard Woodard | 19 Jan 2017

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.


Andy Morton | 19 Dec 2016

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.


Ben Cooper | 30 Nov 2016

The latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.

Latest Interviews

James Wilmore | 26 Jun 2014

Spirits firm Beam is now under the control of Japan's Suntory Holdings after a US$16bn takeover earlier this year. So how will this new marriage work in some key global markets? just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, caught up with Beam Suntory's Asia-Pacific & South America president, Nick Fink, to find out.


Olly Wehring | 27 Apr 2012

Earlier this year, just-drinks sat down with David Gates, the global category director of whisk(e)y at Diageo, to talk about Johnnie Walker, Formula One, Scotch and the other whisk(e)y sub-categories.

Latest News

Lucy Britner | 2 Aug 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has released a lemon and lime flavour under its Lucozade Sport brand. The launch is exclusive to the wholesale channel. 


Lucy Britner | 26 Jul 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has lined up a functional water under its Lucozade Sport brand, for the UK market. 


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 | 3 Jul 2017

Suntory has released its first single grain whisky from the House of Suntory's Chita distillery. Chita Single Grain was aged in wine and Spanish oak casks alongside American white oak casks.


Andy Morton | 19 Jun 2017

Strong sales for non-alcoholic beer in Japan have prompted brewers to up production, according to a local report.


Lucy Britner | 12 Jun 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has lined up a GBP2.4m (US$3m) activation for its Orangina brand in the UK market. 


Lucy Britner | 12 Jun 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has lined up a summer campaign for its Ribena brand in the UK, which centres around a new app. 


Andy Morton | 31 May 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has set up a UK distribution joint venture for cactus water True Nopal.


Olly Wehring | 8 May 2017

A slight lift in sales from Beam Suntory in the first three months of the year has failed to stop Suntory Holdings' alcohol sales from coming in flat for the period.


Lucy Britner | 17 Feb 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory will launch an Original flavour variant under its Lucozade Zero brand in the UK.


Olly Wehring | 14 Feb 2017

Suntory Group has made the integration of Beam Suntory a "top priority", as the unit, which the Japanese group acquired three years ago, delivered a mid-single-digit lift in sales for the 12 months of 2016.


Andy Morton | 25 Jan 2017

Domestic beer volumes in Japan fell by 3% last year as shipments from all five major brewers declined, according to local reports.


Andy Morton | 16 Jan 2017

Suntory Holdings is sending staff to health camps amid worries the beverage company's employees are more obese than those in other industries, according to a report.


Andy Morton | 6 Jan 2017

Suntory Holdings has confirmed to just-drinks it has no plans to list its international spirits unit, Beam Suntory.


Andy Morton | 3 Jan 2017

Suntory Holdings' European soft drinks unit, Orangina Schweppes Group, has completed an upgrade to its Spanish R&D centre as part of an overall EUR14m (US$14.5m) long-term investment.


Olly Wehring | 4 Nov 2016

Beam Suntory has hailed a healthy lift in sales in the year so far, although domestic beer has pulled down the top-line for parent Suntory Holdings.


Andy Morton | 13 Oct 2016

Suntory has launched the Merchant's Heart range of cocktail mixers into the UK off-trade after an initial roll-out in selected London bars.


Andy Morton | 13 Sep 2016

Lucozade Ribena Suntory unit has rolled out a Lucozade Sport commercial in the UK directed by acclaimed Hollywood cinematographer Wally Pfister.


Lucy Britner | 10 Aug 2016

Lucozade Ribena Suntory will launch 20cl and 25cl resealable Ribena bottles in a bid to avoid spillage.


Andy Morton | 5 Aug 2016

Suntory Holdings has posted a big jump in profits for its alcoholic beverages despite a slight fall in sales.


Andy Morton | 20 Jul 2016

Suntory and Asahi have settled a dispute over intellectual property rights for non-alcoholic beer, according to a report.


Andy Morton | 15 Jul 2016

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.

Latest blogs

James Wilmore | 14 Jan 2014

Will Suntory's US$16bn move to buy Beam see a change in how the Bourbon producer's brands are advertised?

Company research

Suntory Holdings Ltd in Spirits (World)

Suntory Holdings Ltd in Spirits (World)

Having become the world’s fifth largest spirits producer through the 2014 acquisition of Beam Inc, Suntory faces significant issues in the development of its operations. This profile analyses the comp...

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Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ltd in Soft Drinks (Ireland)

Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ltd in Soft Drinks (Ireland)

Lucozade Ribena Suntory aims to remain competitive in soft drinks by focusing on its principal brands, namely Lucozade, Ribena and Capri-Sun, all of which have been household names in Ireland for gene...

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Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd in Soft Drinks (Japan)

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd in Soft Drinks (Japan)

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd aims to increase its net sales to JPY2 trillion by 2020. In order to achieve this, the company will focus on its business in core geographical areas, further strengthening...

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