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

just-drinks and The IWSR teamed up to publish our latest joint report this week, this time looking at the RTD and cider categories

just-drinks and The IWSR teamed up to publish our latest joint report this week, this time looking at the RTD and cider categories

Ian Shackleton is about to put the lid on his 2018, but not before, in his guise as just-drinks' resident analyst, he ponders the investor view of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Diageo and his tip at the start of this year, C&C Group.

The world's RTD brands can benefit from a growing market over the next few years, but divergent trends involving premiumisation and health consciousness will create varied conditions in the category's major markets. According to the Global RTD & Cider Insights 2018 report, published this week, these contrasting trends are illustrated by the fortunes of the two dominant RTD markets: the US and Japan, which together account for more than half of global volumes.

Faced with relentless campaigning and mounting public concern about plastic pollution, soft drinks companies have no choice but to act to mitigate the environmental impact of their packaging. As new research is published underlining the increasing importance of sustainable packaging to consumers, Ben Cooper assesses the soft drinks sector's engagement with a recently-launched global initiative on plastic use.

The prospect of 'healthy alcohol' may sound like an oxymoron, given new global health warnings about alcohol consumption. Earlier this year, a study published in The Lancet concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

And, on just-drinks' news pages:

Wisconsin-based craft distiller Death's Door has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to local reports.

The marketing director at US craft distiller Death's Door has said the distillery continues to operate following the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week.

Edrington is set to offload Cutty Sark, with La Martiniquaise-Bardinet to acquire the blended Scotch after a five-month hunt to find a buyer.

La Martiniquaise-Bardinet has praised the "unique opportunity" ahead for its pending purchase of Cutty Sark from Edrington.

Keurig Dr Pepper and the US unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev have created a joint venture to launch a Nespresso-style alcoholic drinks dispenser.

The European Union has agreed new rules for spirits that will include maximum sweetening levels for a number of categories, as well as a simpler GI application process.

New European Union labelling regulations set to come into force next year could make it easier for unscrupulous spirits producers to piggyback geographically-protected categories such as Scotch, a trade organisation has warned.

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