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April 9, 2021

If you read only one thing… – This week’s must-reads on just-drinks

Here's a look at the biggest stories and the best content from just-drinks this week.

By Jason Ingle

Here’s a look at the biggest stories and the best content from just-drinks this week.

just-drinks spoke to Justin Fier, director for cyber intelligence & analysis at Darktrace, an artificial intelligence (AI) company headquartered in the UK that specialises in cyber defence.

Earlier this month, just-drinks analysed The Coca-Cola Co’s performance trends over the last five years. In this excerpt from the report, we consider what’s currently top of inbox for CEO James Quincey.

From White Claw to Mike’s, Drty to Bodega Bay, hard seltzers are big business. But, could the success of alcoholic sparkling water provide a fillip to the sparkling water category itself? Soft drinks commentator Lucy Britner investigates.

Constellation Brands announced its latest full-year results this week:

Prior to the release of the figures from the 12 months to the end of February, just-drinks took a look at the news that was likely to have shaped Constellation’s performance in its Q4 reporting period.

Constellation Brands continues to come good on its unstated strategy of becoming more of a brewer, as beer sales drove the multi-category group’s performance in fiscal-2021.

On just-drinks’ news pages:

Molson Coors Beverage Co has revisited the organic version of its flagship Coors lager brand in the US.

Diageo is trialling a production method that could reduce the carbon footprint of its bottles by 90%. The project, in collaboration with glass manufacturer Encirc and industry technology company Glass Futures, has produced 173,000 bottles for the group’s Scotch whisky brand, Black & White.

The new owners of Nestle’s North American bottled water operations have changed the unit’s name to BlueTriton Brands. Private equity groups One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co, which bought Nestle Waters North America in February, said the name change reflects their commitment to keeping the unit independent and focused on sustainability.

E&J Gallo is to acquire Agave Loco, the US owner of the RumChata cream liqueur brand. The purchase includes Midwest Custom Bottling (MCB), the Wisconsin company that manufactures RumChata for Agave Loco, as well as MCB brands The Tippy Cow and Holly Nog.

Calabria Family Wines has taken control of McWilliam’s Wines, ending a year-long search for a buyer for the under-pressure Australian winery. The Barossa Valley winery will acquire the McWilliam’s operations, including brands, intellectual property, stock holdings and on-site sales operations.

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