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PepsiCo today announced its agreement to buy SodaStream International for US$3.2bnIs SodaStream the 'twofer' solution PepsiCo is looking for? - Comment 20 Aug 18

Andy Morton

It was not that long ago that SodaStream International fancied itself as something of a plucky eco-hero, portraying its plastic-free drinks machines as the antidote to Big Soda's supposed environmental waste.


The latest just-drinks/The IWSR report, looking at the vodka category, is published this weekWhere should vodka look for growth in the years to come? - Research in Focus 20 Aug 18

Richard Woodard

The global vodka market continues to send mixed messages, with volume increases among higher-priced products offset by heavy declines in the traditional nations of Russia and Eastern Europe.


The sugar tax came into effect in the UK at the start of AprilWill the sugar tax story pan out as expected? - Comment 16 Aug 18

Richard Corbett

Four months on from the arrival of the tax on full-sugar soft drinks in the UK, category commentator Richard Corbett looks at what the numbers can tell us about its effect so far on the soft drinks industry.


Bernstein said CR Beer is strong in ChinaHeineken faces tough battle in China's growing super-premium tier - analysis 16 Aug 18

Andy Morton

Heineken is unlikely to tackle Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand head-on in China following the Dutch brewer's deal with CR Beer, an analyst has forecast. However, the group will be forced to fight for share in China's super-premium tier as international brewers increasingly flock to the growing end of the market.


Tony Magee founded Lagunitas from his kitchen stove in 1993 before selling the company to HeinekenLagunitas - the US brewery that wants to infect Heineken - Focus 15 Aug 18

Andy Morton

Ask Tony Magee, the founder of Heineken's Californian craft brewer, Lagunitas Brewing Co, about the relationship his company has with the global brewer and he'll tell you: "We are trying to infect them with our thinking."


Will Keurig Dr Pepper lose any more of its Could Keurig Dr Pepper lose other brands after Bodyarmor blow? - Analysis 15 Aug 18

Lucy Britner

Yesterday, The Coca-Cola Co announced an agreement to purchase a minority stake in sports drinks brand Bodyarmor.


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