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

Diageos World Class competition took place this week, with  2012 winner Tim Phillips-Johansson offering insight into trends

Diageo's World Class competition took place this week, with 2012 winner Tim Phillips-Johansson offering insight into trends

The ongoing fallout from the merger of Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group earlier this year has prompted soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett to consider how companies should consider their options when it comes to chasing growth.

Fresh off the plane after a trip to China, just-drinks' wine commentator, Chris Losh, brings us his take on the category in the country and finds that the greater threat to success for the world's wine producers comes from within.

Consumers will continue to value quality over quantity when it comes to drinks, according to Diageo. The company's World Class bartender competition, which took place in Berlin this week, features bartenders from 56 countries. As part of the event, industry experts have outlined what they believe will be the key cocktail trends for the year ahead. Here's what Diageo global cocktailian Lauren Mote, bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Instagrammable cocktail expert Elliott Clark, Seedlip's head of new brands, Claire Smith Warner, and World Class Bartender of the Year 2012 Tim Phillips-Johansson, think will influence the drinks world in 2019.

The last five years have seen a raft of drinks companies launch all kinds of venture capital funds, incubator units and start-up accelerators as they look to enter new categories or invest in new technologies. The units are often operated as start-up-style divisions themselves, buying minority stakes, setting up prize funds and nurturing growth potential before a brand or an initiative becomes part of the main business. This approach allows big business to adapt quickly to changing consumers trends - a bit like investing in a few speedboats, rather than trying to turn around an oil tanker.
Here, we look at some of the major companies and their incubator assets.

Coca-Cola Amatil has completed the second transaction from its incubator unit, with Amatil X buying into restaurant tech start-up TabSquare.

Several beverage products have slipped down a list of the world's most valuable consumer brands, with Diageo's Smirnoff vodka and LVMH's Moët & Chandon Champagne exiting the rankings altogether.

A strategy of price rises has helped Moet Hennessy maintain a mid-single-digit growth rate for sales in the third quarter of 2018.

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a "living lab" tech hub for its Malibu and Kahlúa brands designed to showcase exploration of new technologies such as augmented reality and NFC.

Beverage industry trends for sponsoring podcasts are ramping up as two more companies sign deals with audio content providers.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has opened its first fully-automated warehouse, with plans to roll out the cost-saving design to its global markets.

The Coca-Cola Co is to enter yet another beverage category with the launch of its first vegetable juice. Minute Maid Tomato Juice Blend is the company's 100% vegetable juice blend, a mix of tomato, carrot, celery, cucumber and beet juices. The tomato juice blend will be launched at the start of next year, with 12oz bottle containing 70 calories.

Craft Brew Alliance has purchased three of its partner brewing companies in the US. CBA, which is 36.1% owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, said yesterday that it has acquired Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), Cisco Brewers, and Wynwood Brewing Co. According to an SEC filing, CBA paid US$23m for Cisco, while terms of the other two transactions were not disclosed.


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