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Tequila in the US 4 Aug 2006

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The US Tequila category continues to show strong growth, while the premium Tequila sector is booming, making it a highly attractive investment opportunity for major spirits companies. Dean Best reports.

Comment - Anheuser-Busch's Mojo 2 Aug 2006

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Having once produced earnings and revenue growth as regularly as clockwork, US brewing giant Anheuser-Busch stuttered last year. But there are signs that the brewer is quickly regaining its touch, writes Chris Brook-Carter.

The just-drinks interview - July 31 Jul 2006

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Much like the product he markets, Cyril Camus - though only 35 - represents a combination of youth and maturity. In this month’s just-drinks interview, the CEO of Camus Cognac talked to Olly Wehring about Cognac’s changing consumer base in China, the challenges of being a one-brand company and Camus’ relationship with the rapping fraternity.

Pernod's Allied brands - one year on 27 Jul 2006

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The announcement of Pernod Ricard’s full-year sales figures this week coincided with the first anniversary of the company’s acquisition of Allied Domecq. Olly Wehring takes a look at the performances of Pernod’s brands – old and new – and looks at what the future holds for them.

Southern Hemisphere Wine Harvest 2006 26 Jul 2006

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In the final of our Southern Hemisphere harvest reports, Dean Best looks at Chile. The country's wine producers are heralding 2006 as an excellent year for both red and white wines, as fears that frosts in the spring and mid-April may have affected quality have subsided.

Innovation in sports drink sector 24 Jul 2006

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As the original functional beverage, sports drinks are riding the wave of the health and wellness boom and consumer interest in good-for-you products, while new ingredients and product variants are further driving this buoyant category. Annette Farr reports.

The rise and rise of cider 21 Jul 2006

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Buoyed by recent growth in the UK, cider producers are eyeing export opportunities but, writes David Robertson, they will be aware that international expansion has proved a difficult challenge for cider brands in the past.

Coke v Pepsi in the Middle East 19 Jul 2006

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Pepsi has progressed in Syria since a ban on its sale was lifted just under a year ago, and in the process has stolen a march on Coca-Cola which was also removed from the blacklist but is yet to capitalise. Paul Cochrane reports from Damascus.

Comment - The Power of Bordeaux 17 Jul 2006

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Bordeaux not only has the most famous, most expensive wines in the world but casts a broad shadow, much to the chagrin of its competitors. Chris Losh sympathises with Bordeaux’s less famous rivals as they struggle for share of voice, thereby demonstrating Bordeaux’s uncanny ability to garner column inches.

Southern Hemisphere Wine Harvest 2006 14 Jul 2006

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Generally favourable climatic conditions, combined with improvements in viticulture, technological investment by wineries and better co-ordination at an industry-wide level, have produced an Argentine wine harvest of unprecedented quality. Olly Wehring reports.

The Irish Whiskey Category 12 Jul 2006

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Pernod Ricard’s Irish whiskey brand Jameson has reached the 2m-case mark but the landscape of the Irish whiskey sector has been transformed by the French company’s decision to sell the Bushmills brand to Diageo last year. Ben Cooper reports.

Coffee breaking into RTD sector 10 Jul 2006

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The increasing popularity of coffee shops across many markets and the expansion of major retail brands such as Starbucks has boosted coffee consumption and provided fertile ground for the burgeoning ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee segment. Catherine Mars of Euromonitor International reports.

Comment - Bottled Water 5 Jul 2006

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The bottled water industry has come in for stern criticism from environmentalists, but Annette Farr argues that it is an innovative industry contributing to people leading healthier lifestyles, and certainly undeserving of the brickbats that have been flying its way.

Comment - EU Wine Reform 3 Jul 2006

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Long-awaited draft proposals for EU wine reform get tough on sub-standard growers while freeing market-aware producers from regulatory fetters that have stifled innovation for too long. Chris Losh hopes the measures are adopted swiftly rather than becoming bogged down in Brussels bureaucracy and politicking.

The just-drinks Interview - June 30 Jun 2006

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In this month’s just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring spoke with Jamie Odell, managing director of Foster’s Wine Estates, about the Australian wine glut, the takeover of Southcorp and his company’s future acquisition plans.

Just the Answer - Racke International 27 Jun 2006

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German wine group Racke International has teamed up with Chilean winery Aresti to launch Espiritu de Chile, replicating its successful partnership with South Africa’s KWV which spawned the Golden Kaan wine brand. Chris Brook-Carter discussed the joint ventures and the business model behind them with Racke’s international manager and CEO of Golden Kaan Ltd Marian Kopp.

Southern Hemisphere Wine Harvest 2006 26 Jun 2006

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Having significantly expanded its vineyard area to meet rising export demand, New Zealand has recorded a record harvest for 2006, and one which is also reported to be of excellent quality. Ben Cooper reports.

EU embarks on wine reform 23 Jun 2006

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The announcement yesterday (22 June) that the European Commission is opening dialogue on reforming the continent’s wine sector may be a desperate measure for desperate times, but it’s clear to all that something – anything – must be done.

Wal-Mart enters Wine 21 Jun 2006

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An enhanced wine range is expected to be a key feature of a major revamp of Wal-Mart’s discount stores as the retailer bids to increase consumer spend among existing customers and attract more middle and upper-income consumers through its doors. David Robertson reports.

European Wine Policy 19 Jun 2006

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Chris Losh welcomes the EU Agriculture Commissioner’s recent remarks on wine over-production and distillation subsidies, but fears Mariann Fischer Boel may have her work cut out trying to reform a system which has been going so wrong for so long.

Southern Hemisphere Wine Harvest 2006 16 Jun 2006

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The South African wine harvest was smaller than had been forecast at the turn of the year before harvesting began but nevertheless came in around 6% up on 2005, with producers upbeat regarding the quality of the wines, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc. Ben Cooper reports.

Soft Drinks in Russia 14 Jun 2006

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Non-carbonated categories, such as waters, natural fruit juices and iced teas, are providing growth for Russian soft drinks manufacturers as consumer tastes evolve, and demand for healthier beverages grows. Catherine Mars reports.

Nanotechnology and drinks - the future? 12 Jun 2006

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Developments in nanotechnology have significant implications for drinks manufacturers. Mark Rowe reports on how nanotechnology could revolutionise the way drinks are flavoured and coloured, as well as offering new solutions in packaging and hygiene.

Baltic Beer Consumption 9 Jun 2006

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While governments in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have acted in response to high levels of alcohol consumption and binge-drinking, Euromonitor International observes that growth in the premium lager market is also helping to change consumption patterns across the region.

Wine's Opportunities in Emerging Markets 7 Jun 2006

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Recent research points to growth opportunities for wine producers in Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia but establishing a wine culture among Asian consumers and coping with a price-led culture in emerging European markets will be no easy task. Joe Ayling reports.

Southern Hemisphere Wine Harvest 2006 6 Jun 2006

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With too much wine already in stock, Australia was hoping for a smaller harvest this year but the 2006 crop is only slightly down on last year’s record levels. In the first of just-drinks.com’s southern hemisphere harvest reports, Penny Boothman assesses Australia’s 2006 vintage.

innocent Smoothies 1 Jun 2006

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An offbeat and laid-back style belies a clearly focused and steely approach to brand marketing at the UK’s leading smoothie company innocent which has taken the soft drinks market by storm. Annette Farr spoke with co-founder Richard Reed about the brand’s phenomenal success and plans for the future.

The Paris Judgement - 30 years on 28 May 2006

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A tasting pitting the finest Bordeaux wines against their Californian counterparts confirmed what many in the wine world have known for years but some in Europe still choose to deny - that the New World can match and often surpass the Old in every market segment, right up to the very top. Chris Losh sets them straight.

CBC - If you ask me... Soft drinks in schools 26 May 2006

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Legislation unveiled in the UK last week on school meals once again puts the issue of childhood obesity centre stage. Food and drink companies may complain that the authorities are making them scapegoats but, writes Chris Brook-Carter, evidence suggests they are still not doing enough to help their own cause.

Just the Answer - Wines of Chile 24 May 2006

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Chile has already come a long way as a wine exporter in a short time but clearly has the potential to develop further. Michael Cox and Ricardo Letelier, respectively UK director and general manager of Chile’s generic wine-marketing organisation Wines of Chile, discuss the country’s progress, and the challenges and opportunities it faces going forward.