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How to adapt your beer sales to the 'new normal' - comment 29 Oct 20

Stephen Beaumont

Back in the early days of the novel coronavirus, a pandemic that has become so much a part of our lives this year, brewery owners and operators were focused on one thing and one thing only: Survival. No one had the time to waste pondering how the market might play out in six months or a year when many, perhaps even most, industry observers were predicting the very strong possibility of an industry collapse.


Once a month, the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking rounds up recent higher-profile CSR activity from drinks brand ownersCorporate Social Responsibility activations around the world - The IARD Digest - October 2020 29 Oct 20

The IARD editorial team

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, reviews some of the alcohol industry's recent CSR activities. Here's a look at what's been going on in recent weeks.


Why copying gin's template for growth risks doing rum a grave disservice - comment 27 Oct 20

Richard Woodard

Cross-pollination among spirits categories offers scope for innovation-led growth for brand owners. Indeed, this is a well-trodden path with many success stories. However, category commentator Richard Woodard believes rum brands must be way more selective in who they choose to ape if they're ever going to get rum to recognise its long-expected potential.


CCA has expertise in alcohol, including a brewery JV for Yenda beerIndonesia the wildcard for Coca-Cola European Partners in Coca-Cola Amatil acquisition - comment 26 Oct 20

Andy Morton

Over the weekend, Coca-Cola European Partners offered a textbook example of how to turn a crisis to one's advantage. As markets reel from the coronavirus and Coca-Cola soft drinks sales stumble, the European bottler revealed a bid for all of Coca-Cola Amatil's shares - including the 30% owned by The Coca-Cola Co.


Are beverage firms paying enough attention to deforestation? - sustainability spotlight 22 Oct 20

Ben Cooper

A new initiative to address deforestation was launched last month by the Consumer Goods Forum involving 17 major manufacturers and retailers - but no drinks companies. Ben Cooper explores whether the beverage sector needs to do more in the area of deforestation.


The Coca-Cola Co unveiled its Topo Chico alcoholic sparkling water in the SummerWill Q3 bring an end to 2020's hangover, are the softs going hard and would Stock Spirits fancy a beer? - The just-drinks Analyst 20 Oct 20

Ian Shackleton

The timing of Ian Shackleton's latest consideration of the drinks industry couldn't be better. With the latest results season breaking all around us, who better to survey the situation than just-drinks' in-house analyst?


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