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

This week, just-drinks released its latest free-to-read deep-dive on the opportunities of the future

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The demand for personalisation is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Consumers are starting to consider their own genetic make-up when it comes to determining what they should eat and drink. In the fourth issue of FUTURES, Lucy Britner investigates what the future of personalised nutrition could look like.

The eyes of the global cannabis industry were on London last month as some of the biggest companies in the category rolled up to the Future Cannabis Strategies Europe Conference 2019. Growers, brand owners and extraction specialists met to hear the latest on the fast-changing industry, and answer questions on regulation, technical challenges and the future course of the category. just-drinks' news & insights editor Andy Morton was there to cover all the major talking points.

Earlier this week, following the release of results for the first half of the current fiscal year, Pernod Ricard came to London to look both backwards and forwards. At the presentation, CEO Alex Ricard discussed the group's priorities for the three years starting in July 2019.

Californian cannabis group Cannabiniers has appointed former Pernod Ricard executive Victor Jerez as its new COO ahead of an expected purchase of a number of US craft breweries.

Back in 2017, the US craft beer industry was figuring out the best way to get its hands on more money. Many independents had reached a ceiling in terms of where they could go on their own, and breweries were looking for alternative funding. The question at the time was, who was best to go to with the begging bowl in hand? The choice appeared to boil down to either existing big brewers such as Heineken or Anheuser-Busch InBev, or private equity. Now there is a third option - cannabis.

Heineken has tasked its Lagunitas Brewing Co division with relaunching the Newcastle Brown Ale brand in the US.

To many in the UK, the idea that the Californian beer beatniks at Lagunitas are behind the US relaunch of Heineken's Newcastle Brown Ale is slightly incongruous. Long-known as 'Newky Brown' or simply 'The Broon', the beer is associated by many Brits as a working class ale born in England's northern industrial heartlands.

Molson Coors has reported another quarter of mid-single-digit sales declines, closing out a year in which the top-line fell by almost 3%. The brewer confirmed that all four of its reporting regions posted decreases in sales for the three months to the end of December.

The president & CEO of Molson Coors Europe has said the company is not expecting the UK's departure from the European Union to cause excessive disruption.

Heineken is toasting a strong set of full-year results, with sales in 2018 rising by just over 6%. The increase in the top-line, which came in at EUR22.5bn, came on the back of a similar lift in the first six months of the year. 

The CEO of Heineken has expressed dissatisfaction at the brewer's performance in the US during 2018. The 12-month period saw Heineken USA's beer volumes decline high-single digits. Lagunitas, which operates as a separate unit, recorded low-single digit declines.

The general move towards moderation might not be music to the ears of some alcohol producers, but for companies that are out ahead with alcohol-free alternatives, this shift in consumer habits is now also shifting the results needle.

An impressive first half of the current fiscal year has put Treasury Wine Estates in a strong position for the remaining six months. The group reported a near-13% jump in sales from the six months to the end of December.

Treasury Wine Estates is in negotiations to purchase wine production and supply facilities in France, as the group looks to expand sourcing capabilities to capitalise on the Chinese market.

Meanwhile, on our news pages:

The Coca-Cola Co has cancelled a digital activation for the Coke brand in South Africa, after a consumer in the country managed to print an offensive word in a regional dialect on a can.

Cott Corp has completed its exit from the soft drinks category, selling off its soft drink concentrate production business in the US to Refresco.

The UK unit of Carlsberg has revamped its namesake brand in the country, to create what it claims is a "better" brew as well as highlight the beer's Danish heritage.

The Coca-Cola Co expects organic sales growth to slow slightly in 2019 after an acceleration last year on the back of low-sugar carbonated beverages. Organic sales for the 2018 calendar year were up 5%, Coca-Cola said this week. The increase was ahead of 3% increases in 2017 and 2016.


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