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Just the answer - Absolut 19 Jun 2007

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With interest surrounding the likely sale of Swedish spirits producer V&S Group growing by the day, there could be no better time to look at the company’s flagship vodka brand Absolut and the opportunities on offer in the premium vodka sector. This month’s Just the Answer is a two-part series, featuring an interview this week with Anna Laestadius, global brand director, Absolut Vodka, to be followed next week by Ian Jamieson of Stolichnaya.


The just-drinks interview - Coca-Cola China 14 Jun 2007

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Coca-Cola has applied creative thinking to the launch of its Minute Maid brand in China, reducing the juice content to make the brand more affordable but adding fruity pulp to give consumers with the distinctive ‘mouthfeel’ of fresh juice. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Dominique Patton spoke with Howard Lam, Coca-Cola’s group marketing director in China, about the Minute Maid success story.


Comment - Coca-Cola and Highland Spring 12 Jun 2007

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Coca-Cola could be about to acquire the Highland Spring brand to revive its presence in the UK bottled water market. And, writes Annette Farr, Highland Spring’s recent decision to change its classification from ‘natural mineral water’ to ‘spring water’ will be welcomed by Coke, not least because it means a potentially controversial hurdle has already been negotiated.


Spotlight - V&S makes entry into China's Baiju market 8 Jun 2007

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V&S Group’s move into the local Chinese spirits market via a joint venture with Sichuan company JianNanChun offers the Swedish company access to the growing premium sector of a massive spirits industry. Sam Mulligan examines the opportunities and challenges presented by the huge baijiu market which is proving such a tempting proposition to international companies.


Comment - England's alcohol strategy review 7 Jun 2007

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This week’s announcement by UK legislators of the latest plan to tackle alcohol abuse in England is the clearest sign yet that the government is ready to tackle the problem head-on, regardless of the impact on the industry. The news should have sent shudders down the backs of drinks industry executives everywhere – in particular an ill-prepared wine industry.


Spotlight - The trouble with Champagne 5 Jun 2007

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Champagne has a problem very few wine regions currently face. It does not make enough wine to meet demand. Many believe the only way forward is to expand the vineyard area but, writes Chris Losh, expansion would be a political minefield and not all agree that it is the best course of action in any case.


The just-drinks interview - C&C International 31 May 2007

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The C&C Group may have its cider brand Magners to thank for its recent success, but Brian Walsh, managing director of the Irish company’s spirits arm C&C International, believes the group’s spirits portfolio will play an important role in sustaining that growth. In this month’s just-drinks interview, he tells Olly Wehring why.


Analysis - Coca-Cola Glacéau purchase 29 May 2007

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Coca-Cola’s US$4.1bn acquisition of Glacéau gives the company a presence in the growing enhanced waters sector where, writes Annette Farr, the soft drinks giant will be competing not only with smaller niche companies but also with its major rivals PepsiCo, Danone and Nestlé.


The LIWSF 24 May 2007

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The focus at this year’s London International Wine & Spirit Fair was more heavily on the off-trade than ever before, confirming for Chris Losh that the organisers have all but abandoned attempts to target the on-premise sector. And while he understands that it makes sense, it has clearly put him in a nostalgic mood.


Comment - UB Group and Whyte & Mackay 22 May 2007

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The recent takeover of Whyte & Mackay by the Indian UB Group is hardly the first time the Glasgow-based Scotch whisky producer has changed hands over the past 20 years or so. Patience Gould, who has seen all the various owners come and go, runs an eye over the latest deal and assesses what it has to offer both Whyte & Mackay and the Scotch whisky sector as a whole.


Just the Answer - Beam Global Scotch whisky 17 May 2007

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Beam’s acquisition of Teacher’s and Laphroaig may not have attracted as much attention as some other elements of the Allied Domecq sell-off but as Michael Cockram, Scotch brand director at Beam Global Spirits & Wine, makes clear in this month’s Just the Answer interview, the US-based company is committed to making its mark in the Scotch whisky sector.


Comment - Coke, Pepsi and the environment 15 May 2007

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Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have been the fiercest of competitors for decades but the fact that their rivalry now extends to ‘outgreening’ one another could be good news for the environment, writes Annette Farr.


Spotlight - Japanese Whisky 10 May 2007

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It may not be as well known as Scotch or bourbon but Japanese whisky is winning plaudits for quality and gaining ground internationally. Marcin Miller believes the growing popularity of Japanese cuisine and the whisky drinker’s inherent thirst for something new offer huge potential for Japanese whisky, and after years of hiding their light under a bushel Japan’s distillers appear ready to raise their profile on the world stage.


Spotlight - Bordeaux 2006 en primeur 8 May 2007

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As Bordeaux châteaux prepare to release their 2006 en primeur prices, there are concerns that, carried away by the success of the extraordinary 2005 vintage, the Bordelais will overprice the altogether more modest 2006 wines. Chris Losh reports.


Spotlight - EU membership - pros and cons for drinks industry 3 May 2007

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EU accession was a big shock to the domestic drinks industries of the new EU members, opening up their markets to greater competition, but it also provided a potential boon to exports. Three years on, Mark Rowe assesses the impact accession has had on drinks producers in the new EU member states.


Just the Answer - GlaxoSmithKline 1 May 2007

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In the wake of a scandal in Australia and New Zealand where GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined for misrepresenting the Vitamin C level of its Ribena brand, Graham Neale, general manager at Nutritional Healthcare UK, the GSK subsidiary that produces Lucozade, Ribena and Horlicks, takes the opportunity of this month’s Just the Answer interview to put his company’s side of the story and outline future plans for both Ribena and Lucozade.


Analysis - Constellation, Punch and Matthew Clark 26 Apr 2007

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The decision by Constellation to sell half of its UK distribution company Matthew Clark to Punch Taverns and form a joint venture with the pub retailer has left many in the industry scratching their heads. Chris Losh searches for the rationale behind the deal.


Comment - D-Day for Europe's winemakers 24 Apr 2007

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The European wine industry has been in desperate need of radical reform for decades. Chris Losh hopes that proposals soon to be presented by Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer-Boel will at last offer a genuine and lasting solution to the industry’s over-supply problems.


Review - World Whiskies Conference 2007 19 Apr 2007

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Bringing together the great and the good of the world’s whisky distillers, The World Whisky Conference – which ran this week in Glasgow – saw just-drinks out in force. Chris Brook-Carter looks back at the two-day event, which saw both fur and sparks fly.


The just-drinks interview - April 17 Apr 2007

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Nils S. Andersen has overseen something of a turnaround at Carlsberg since taking over as president and CEO in 1999 but he is determined to keep his and the company’s feet on the ground. Dean Best met him at Carlsberg’s HQ near Copenhagen to discuss the brewer’s recent achievements and plans for the future.


Spotlight - Fairtrade in the drinks industry 12 Apr 2007

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The market for fairtrade wine is increasing as more wineries in countries such as Chile, Argentina and South Africa gain fairtrade certification. However, writes Monica Dobie, the market for fairtrade products in other alcoholic drinks categories has been slower to develop.


Comment - A 'sparkling' revamp for CSDs 10 Apr 2007

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Coca-Cola has decided to refer to carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) as ‘sparkling beverages’ in all its communications, at a time when major soft drinks producers are looking to address the unhealthy image and declining sales of fizzy drinks with healthier product launches. Annette Farr assesses their chances of success.


Comment - Trouble in Havana 5 Apr 2007

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Bacardi has been engaged in a legal battle with Pernod Ricard over the rights to the Havana Club trademark for years. But Patience Gould believes the US-based spirits giant is shooting itself in the foot, appearing to be a corporate bully while drawing attention to the primary characteristic that sets Havana Club apart from its own world-beating brand - its Cuban origin.


Evans & Tate / Yarraman 3 Apr 2007

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Chris Losh sees the current plight of Evans & Tate, which recently rebuffed a takeover bid by the smaller, US-listed Australian wine producer Yarraman Winery, as symptomatic of the problems facing the Australian wine industry.


The just-drinks interview - March 29 Mar 2007

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Synthetic corks and screw-caps may have once been frowned upon by wine cognoscenti, but no longer, and the growing popularity of alternative closures has put the natural cork industry under pressure. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Antonio Amorim, president of the world’s largest natural cork producer Amorim & Irmaos, puts the case for cork.


Spotlight - The state of play for Scotch 27 Mar 2007

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In spite of the news that the Indian government has once again eschewed tariff reform, Richard Woodard sees plenty of export growth potential for Scotch whisky, both in emerging and established markets. However, worries remain over the decline in the blended whisky category and the spread of cut-throat discounting from the blended sector to malts.


Ethical push for soft drinks 22 Mar 2007

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The biennial IFE trade show in London has over the years been the initial launch pad for many successful brands and heralded numerous mainstream trends in the soft drinks sector. Annette Farr visited the show for a glimpse into the future.


Just the Answer - Patrón 20 Mar 2007

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Riding the twin waves of a booming premium spirits market and growth in Tequila, The Patrón Spirits Company has made great strides in a short space of time. In this month's Just the Answer interview, Dean Best speaks with the company’s COO John McDonnell, and Mike Hill, vice president, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, about the company’s rapid progress and premium ethos.


Analysis - Cadbury Schweppes drinks sell-off 15 Mar 2007

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The announcement that Cadbury Schweppes is looking to split its beverage operations in the US from its confectionery unit may be music to its investors' ears, but where will a potential buyer come from? Dean Best looks at the move, and weighs up what the coming year has in store for Cadbury Schweppes.


Comment - A sexy French wine? 13 Mar 2007

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French wines with a catchy name and something of the New World about them are not a new phenomenon but, writes Chris Losh, there’s something about such brands that doesn’t quite ring true. What is required is a wine with enough of a French accent to make it sexy, but not the kind that will make it incomprehensible. Has just such a wine arrived on the market?

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