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Omni-channel retail can be for big ticket items - with Ford partnering Alibaba in China to create a giant car vending machine"Forget what you think you know about retail" - omni-channel is the future - Trend Hunter Future Festival – Focus 21 Sep 18

Lucy Britner

These days, omni-channel is the latest buzzword in retail circles, with Alibaba's 'new retail' concept in China, Hema, one of the leading players in creating a crossover between on- and off-line shopping.


More and more spirits brands are running cocktail competitions - does the consumer know, or even care?Does the consumer really care about your cocktail competition? - Consumer Trends 20 Sep 18

Laura Foster

It's only three weeks until the global final of Diageo's 'World Class' event rolls into Berlin. The pending circus has given me cause to contemplate the nature of these global cocktail competitions, specifically from the viewpoint of the consumer. Over the last decade, the likes of Diageo and Bacardi have ploughed vast amounts of their marketing budgets into these bartender-focused cocktail competitions. But, to what gain?


How can Scotch whisky build on 2017 growth in the years to come? - Research in Focus 19 Sep 18

Richard Woodard

Last year's recovery in Scotch whisky sales, although marginal, was a welcome one - but the category still faces multiple challenges, from engaging with consumers in mature markets to managing restricted stocks of single malt.


Why the spirits category needs to rethink its future positioning - Comment 18 Sep 18

Neil Ridley

Our spirits commentator, Neil Ridley, is all riled up. Again. This time, it's about the positioning at the higher end of the spirits category.


Interested companies have until 12 October to join PepsiCo"We've got to be part of a wider ecosystem to succeed" - Daniel Grubbs, MD of the PepsiCo Ventures Group 18 Sep 18

Dean Best

PepsiCo is to take its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator programme to North America after launching the initiative in Europe, where it is in its second year. Dean Best spoke to PepsiCo executive Daniel Grubbs about why the US food and drinks giant is bringing the scheme to its domestic market, what it has learnt so far and why such programmes are important strategically to one of the largest players in the sector.


Love Hemp Water launched earlier this year, and its owner says he is pleased to see Coca-Cola "follow in our footsteps"Will the Coca-Cola Co help cannabis creep into the mainstream? - Analysis 18 Sep 18

Andy Morton

Judging from the number of newspaper reports yesterday on The Coca-Cola Co's potential move into cannabis drinks, the story has caught some people by surprise. According to industry experts, however, the news that the world's largest soft drinks company is reportedly in talks with a Canadian cannabis developer is just one more sign of the drug's continuing move towards the mainstream.


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In late-August, The Coca-Cola Co agreed a deal to buy the Costa chain from Whitbread for US$5.1bn. Here's the round-up of just-drinks' coverage of the move.

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Lucy BritnerLatest blog entry: Starbucks jumps on gin bandwagon 14 Mar 2018

Lucy Britner

Starbucks has become the latest company to tap into the gin craze, with the launch of Starbucks Reserve Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew.


Comment - Spirits (Brown) - Last Orders with Neil Ridley Comment - Spirits (Brown) - Last Orders with Neil Ridley

Brown spirits aficionado Neil Ridley casts his eye over the latest goings-on in whisk(e)y, Cognac, dark rum et al.


The just-drinks Analyst The just-drinks Analyst

With over 25 years of experience as a beverages analyst, Ian Shackleton provides a monthly view of the drinks industry from an investor's perspective


The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking - Digest The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking - Digest

Every month, The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking presents a round-up of responsible consumption developments from around the world.


Comment - Beer - Beaumont Comment - Beer - Beaumont's Brews

Award-winning writer and author Stephen Beaumont gives us his monthly thoughts on what is keeping the global beer industry busy.


Consumer Trends Consumer Trends

Each month, just-drinks takes a look at the emerging trends that could be of use to drinks companies and their brands.


just a Look Around just a Look Around

As just-drinks travels around the world, we get to see many distilleries, breweries, wineries and drinks facilities. Here's some guided tours for you.


Sustainability in Drinks Sustainability in Drinks

Every month, Ben Cooper casts his eye over sustainability efforts in the global drinks industry.


Editor Editor's Viewpoint

The just-drinks leader, written by the just-drinks leader.


Critiques from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critiques from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

The International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research hosts forums that look at research conducted around the world on the relationship between alcohol consumption and health.


just the Winners just the Winners

just-drinks brings you the winners of the main awards in the global drinks industry.


New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Every month, Tom Vierhile from consumer intelligence provider GlobalData considers the latest NPD activity in the drinks industry.


Comment - Beer - Nelson Comment - Beer - Nelson's Column

The editor of Brewers' Guardian, Larry Nelson, provides his monthly take on the latest developments in the beer category.


Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram Comment - Spirits - Buxton: Banging the Dram

Augmenting our spirits coverage, Ian Buxton will be casting his eye over the brown side of the sector on a monthly basis.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Each month, Richard Corbett casts his eye over the soft drinks & water categories.


The Launch Pad - Product Launches The Launch Pad - Product Launches

Here's where we bring together all of the product launches covered on just-drinks.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say? Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

Ray Rowlands from market research firm DrinksInfo gives his monthly view on the latest issues affecting the soft drinks & water categories


just On Call just On Call

We report back from drinks companies' conference calls post-results announcement.


just the Preview just the Preview

What to look out for, ahead of company results.


The just-drinks Interview The just-drinks Interview

Every month, just-drinks gives a drinks executive a grilling.


just the Facts just the Facts

The key facts behind the latest news stories.


Research in Focus Research in Focus

A look at the latest research, available in the just-drinks store.


Focus Focus

A deeper consideration of the issues making the headlines on just-drinks.


just the Answer just the Answer

Once a month, we put a drinks executive on the spot with a bout of quick-fire questions.


Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause Comment - Wine - The Losh Cause

Chris Losh looks at the latest issues affecting the global wine industry.


Comment - Spirits - A Word with Woodard Comment - Spirits - A Word with Woodard

Resident columnist and spirits know-it-all Richard Woodard provides his monthly take on the latest in the global white spirits industry.

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