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Comment - Green is Good 23 Oct 2007

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Green issues are taking centre-stage in the wine industry at the moment, with producers across the world working to develop more environmentally friendly products and practices, and find ways to communicate their green credentials to consumers. Chris Losh believes they are on the right track.


Spotlight - The Battle for S&N 18 Oct 2007

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The announcement earlier this week that Carlsberg and Heineken are discussing making a bid for Scottish & Newcastle came far too early for the two European brewers. With no bid having been actually made, it's likely that Carlsberg and Heineken will have to pay a fair bit above the odds to take control of S&N.


In the spotlight - C&C Group 16 Oct 2007

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The dramatic rise of Magners cider was perhaps the biggest brand marketing success story in the UK drinks market in recent years. But, Chris Brook-Carter writes, bad weather and heightened competition from a larger player keen to gain a share of the all-new premium cider category have resulted in an equally dramatic reversal of fortune for brandowner C&C Group.


Miller and Coors to reshape the US brewing landscape 10 Oct 2007

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News this week that SABMiller and Molson Coors are to team up in the US beer market may have caught the industry by surprise, but the logic is compelling. As Olly Wehring reports, not only can the deal provide a boost to the country's number two and three brewers but it offers a significant challenge to Anheuser-Busch too.


Analysis - Constellation's high hopes for South Africa 9 Oct 2007

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Following Constellation Brands’ announcement yesterday (8 October) that it plans to acquire the South African winery Flagstone, Chris Losh fears that Flagstone’s distinctive personality may be dulled by corporate homogenisation. But if it is allowed to retain its unconventional character, the move could be positive for both parties, and bringing Flagstone’s charismatic owner Bruce Jack into the fold could be a significant boon for Constellation’s Kumala brand.


Spotlight - Aseptic bottling and soft drinks 4 Oct 2007

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The growth of still soft drinks, such as juices and functional waters, presents manufacturers with a problem, as they are more susceptible to spoilage than traditional carbonated drinks. However, their increasing popularity coincides with mounting consumer suspicion of preservatives. The solution has been for soft drinks companies to invest in aseptic, cold-filling bottling equipment, as Annette Farr found out.


S&N's succession plan 1 Oct 2007

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The earlier-than-expected departure of Tony Froggatt as CEO of brewing force S&N has set the City rumour-mill churning. The brewer insists the move is a planned succession but, Chris Brook-Carter writes, whatever the reasons behind Froggatt’s accelerated departure, new CEO John Dunsmore will have little time to settle into his new job before addressing shareholders’ concerns.


Comment - CL approaches Bourbon from both ends 27 Sep 2007

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Acquisitions have transformed CL Financial from the owner of one very famous but small-scale bitters brand into a player on the world spirits stage. Having recently shored up two contrasting acquisitions in the Bourbon sector, Patience Gould suggests a move into the white spirits arena is CL’s new priority.


Spotlight - Port - not just for Christmas 25 Sep 2007

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The Port industry has managed to maintain volumes through a period of significant transition but growth remains hard to come by. Key to driving up sales, writes Chris Losh, will be establishing new consumption occasions and drinking styles for the Portuguese fortified wine, and convincing consumers that it can be enjoyed at any time of year, rather than simply at Christmas.


Comment - Is brand 'Scotch' due a makeover? 24 Sep 2007

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It takes a brave man to question the assumptions of a business that, to all intents and purposes, is riding the crest of a wave, but that is what happened in Scotland this month, Chris Brook-Carter reports.


Soft drink labelling 20 Sep 2007

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The publication of new research into the effects of artificial colourings and preservatives on children’s behaviour has once again put children’s soft drinks in the spotlight. Annette Farr believes that the industry’s best response is to trumpet the increasing number of additive-free variants available on the market.


Just the answer - Diageo Global Malts 18 Sep 2007

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The Scotch whisky category is booming globally thanks to demand in Asia and the BRIC countries, particularly for blends, but mature markets in Europe are proving more sluggish. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Diageo’s global malts director Nick Morgan spoke with Kate Ennis about the future of the malt category and Diageo’s innovative focus on food and whisky pairing as a means to drive growth in the single malt market.


Spotlight - Soft drinks and hyperactive kids 13 Sep 2007

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The debate over the link between the colourings used in soft drinks and hyperactivity in children has raged for many years but a new study by researchers at the University of Southampton may well have taken the debate to a new level. Ben Cooper assesses the impact the new findings may have for soft drinks producers.


The just-drinks interview - Cooley Distillery 11 Sep 2007

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While growth in Irish whiskey has been fostered by Pernod Ricard and latterly Diageo, the category’s progress has also allowed independent producer Cooley Distillery to expand. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Cooley’s founder and chairman, John Teeling, talks with Olly Wehring about living in the shadow of the world’s two largest spirits companies, and the options facing Cooley as it bids to progress to the next level in the world whisky market.


Analysis: Coca-Cola's Blak struggle 6 Sep 2007

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The withdrawal of Coca-Cola’s Blak brand from the US has once again shown that new product development can be something of a hit and miss affair, even for the most powerful and experienced companies. Blak clearly did not take off with US consumers but, writes Annette Farr, in today’s market drinks companies may have to accept that flavours and concepts will have a limited shelf life, making constant innovation all the more vital.


Comment - Lessons for Australia's wine industry 4 Sep 2007

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Australia’s wine glut worries appear well and truly over but that does not mean the country is out of the woods. Now facing its third small harvest in three years, wine is actually going to be in short supply. Some believe this offers the chance to focus on the higher reaches of the market and less on the entry-level volume business. Chris Losh has misgivings.


The RTD market in India 30 Aug 2007

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A recent report in the Indian business press suggested that local spirits force United Spirits, part of the UB Group, had abandoned plans to develop RTDs for the Indian market. However, other companies appear to be keeping more of an open mind on the subject. Ben Cooper reports.


Just the answer - Southern Comfort 28 Aug 2007

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Brown-Forman’s Southern Comfort brand takes its New Orleans heritage very seriously, and in Phil Cusimano, appointed as global brand ambassador six months ago, now has a native New Orleaner as its prime champion. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Cusimano spoke with Jessica Harvey about the brand’s strong links with the city and how its promotional platforms build on its New Orleans roots.


Comment - Alcohol and the UK media 23 Aug 2007

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Anti-social behaviour linked to alcohol abuse has once again grabbed the headlines in the UK. But Chris Losh believes that while the industry has made great strides with regard to social responsibility, the Government has been more focused on courting public opinion than on finding long-term solutions to serious health and social problems.


Spotlight - Coca-Cola's German turnaround 21 Aug 2007

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Coca-Cola suffered a reversal of fortune in Germany in 2003 when it refused to adapt in the face of new recycling laws. But reform of the packaging legislation, coupled with a major marketing push last year and the ongoing consolidation of its bottler network, has left the soft drinks giant in much better shape in a key market tipped for growth. Annette Farr reports.


Comment - private v public drinks companies 16 Aug 2007

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It is the results season, so attention is focused on the major public drinks corporations as they give their shareholders the good or bad news. But Patience Gould believes that in an industry where taking a long-term view is vital, private companies have an important advantage over their publicly-owned counterparts.


The just-drinks inteview - Constellation Europe 14 Aug 2007

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Given how many times the position of chief executive of Constellation Europe has changed hands recently, and the problems the company has faced in the crucial UK market, the more cynical observers might wonder if Troy Christensen had been handed something of a poisoned chalice. But speaking to Olly Wehring for this month’s just-drinks interview, Constellation’s new European CEO appears ready for the challenge.


Comment - Bottled water and the UK floods 9 Aug 2007

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Following the recent floods in the UK, bottled water companies provided emergency supplies when mains water services broke down. Their largely unsung actions gave the companies a chance to demonstrate their social responsibility, writes Annette Farr, at a time when the erratic weather patterns have focused public attention on environmental concerns and climate change.


Spotlight - Brand New Zealand 7 Aug 2007

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At first glance, a change of marketing slogan by New Zealand’s generic wine body seems fairly unremarkable but a second look at the ambitious growth plans the new message is intended to underpin suggests the country is looking to make quite a splash. Chris Losh for one thinks New Zealand could well pull it off.


Spotlight - India's bottled water market 2 Aug 2007

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Attention has been focused on the Indian bottled water sector over the last week or so as speculation has mounted that Danone and a number of other companies are looking to expand their presence in this growing market through acquisition. Ben Cooper reports.


Analysis - Pernod Ricard's full-year sales 31 Jul 2007

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Pernod Ricard’s annual results briefing last week suggested the company has consigned the Allied Domecq deal to history. No more talk of bedding down and integration. The emphasis was firmly on the future. But, writes Olly Wehring, in spite of the strong sales growth seen over the past year, there are a few worrying clouds on the horizon for the French drinks giant.


Analysis - The green attack on bottled water 26 Jul 2007

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The health attributes of bottled water seem incontrovertible but the environmental issues surrounding the production and marketing of bottled water have opened what might have been viewed as a blameless product to considerable criticism from campaigners and pressure groups. Annette Farr reports on recent events in the US which have given bottled water producers cause for concern.


Analysis - Heritage as a sales tool 24 Jul 2007

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Terms like heritage, authenticity and personality can be seen as the building-blocks of brand image, but to establish an instant connection with consumers these attributes have to be captured visually. Michael Peters, chairman and executive creative director of brand consultancy Identica and one of the UK’s foremost packaging designers, sheds light on how those qualities are translated into a look.


Comment - CEDC's Parliament buy 20 Jul 2007

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The US-based Eastern European drinks group CEDC has continued its rapid expansion with the acquisition of Russian vodka brand Parliament. While some observers have questioned the move, Patience Gould believes the acquisition will give CEDC the infrastructure to build its business in Russia, allowing it to replicate the successful business model it has employed in Poland.


Just the answer - Guinness 18 Jul 2007

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Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker may make Diageo more money, but there is no more iconic brand in its portfolio than Guinness. Nevertheless, speculation continues that Diageo may sell off its main beer brand. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Brian Duffy, global brand director for Guinness, addresses that question, while also discussing Guinness’s progress in Africa where it was recently hit by a counterfeiting scam, the development of off-trade sales and product innovation.

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