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Carlsberg consolidates UK operations with Marston's

Carlsberg and Marston's have agreed to combine their UK brewing operations in a joint venture, with the global brewer holding majority contr...

Coca-Cola European Partners drops UK Coke prices to target at-home trends

Coca-Cola European Partners has cut about 10% off price-marked packs (PMPs) of brand Coca-Cola in the UK as part of a focus on larger format...

Direct-to-Consumer no match for Amazon consumer base - e-commerce expert

A UK e-commerce consultant has warned that owned direct-to-consumer outlets lack a critical mass of consumers compared to online retailers s...

Consumers abandon alcohol purchases as household budgets shrink - research

Lockdown measures around the world have resulted in much less disposable income for consumers, prompting them to cut back on alcohol spendin...

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Carlsberg and Marston's may be winners in UK JV, but there are losers - comment 22 May 2020

Olly Wehring

Since COVID-19 started its worldwide creep earlier this year, the impact of measures introduced to curb the coronavirus has weakened a vast swathe of businesses. In drinks, industry observers have been holding their breath in anticipation of a splurge of M&A activity, at bargain-basement prices.


Prosecco rosé on the way as new rules gain official approval 22 May 2020

Andy Morton

Italian authorities have opened the door to pink Prosecco with the approval of a rosé expression of the sparkling wine.


Southwestern Distillery's Twin Fin Spiced Rum - Product Launch 22 May 2020

Andy Morton

Southwestern Distillery, the maker of UK gin Tarquin's Gin, has launched a spiced rum.


If you read only one thing... - This week's must-reads on just-drinks 22 May 2020

Olly Wehring

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


Anheuser-Busch InBev gives public launch to employee quiz Hoppy 22 May 2020

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev has released an online quiz that was previously only open to its employees.


Treasury Wine Estates' Blossom Hill Gin Fizz gets online UK push, added variant 22 May 2020

Rafaela Sousa

Treasury Wine Estates is looking to capitalise on the recent uptick in social media usage in the UK, partnering its Blossom Hill brand with Arena Flowers for an online activation in the country.


Carlsberg consolidates UK operations with Marston's 22 May 2020

Andy Morton

Carlsberg and Marston's have agreed to combine their UK brewing operations in a joint venture, with the global brewer holding majority control of Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Co.


Why a low abv and a botanical leaning is the ideal drinks mix this summer - analysis - FREE TO READ 22 May 2020

GlobalData

As the summer approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, many drinks brand owners are lining up their seasonal variants. For the alcohol industry, botanical flavours look set to continue to be all the rage in the coming months.


Heineken CEO Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer named Vodafone chairman 22 May 2020

Andy Morton

Heineken CEO Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer is to join Vodafone as the UK-based telecommunications company's next chairman.


Anheuser-Busch InBev launches "deepfake" Michelob Ultra ad - video 22 May 2020

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev has used "deepfake" face-swapping technology on former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning for a new Michelob Ultra advert.


Amber Beverage Group adds drinks veteran John Esposito to board 21 May 2020

Olly Wehring

John Esposito has rejoined the Stoli Group organisation, three years after leaving the group.


Bodyarmor unveils sports-themed US campaign - video 21 May 2020

Rafaela Sousa

Sports beverage company Bodyarmor has launched a US advertising campaign for its namesake brand featuring athletes including football player Megan Rapinoe and tennis star Naomi Osaka.


Could bulk beer shipping be another COVID-19 legacy? - sustainability spotlight 22 May 2020

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic could prompt brewers to look afresh at shipping beer in bulk, with 'bag-in-tank' shipping now offering solutions to longstanding logistical challenges.


Molson Coors Beverage Co unveils latest thermochromatic Coors Light can 21 May 2020

Andy Morton

Molson Coors Beverage Co has launched a new Coors Light can in the US featuring a sunglasses design that turns blue when the beer is chilled.


Coca-Cola European Partners drops UK Coke prices to target at-home trends 21 May 2020

Andy Morton

Coca-Cola European Partners has cut about 10% off price-marked packs (PMPs) of brand Coca-Cola in the UK as part of a focus on larger formats for home consumption.


Silent Pool Distillers' Colorado High CBD gin - Product Launch 21 May 2020

Olly Wehring

UK gin producer Silent Pool Distillers has partnered with compatriot CBD company Green Stem to release a gin containing what the pair claim is the highest ratio of cannabidiol (CBD) on the market.


Natrl's Hard Seltzer - Product Launch 21 May 2020

Rafaela Sousa

UK drinks start-up Natrl has released a two-strong line of flavoured hard seltzers.


Anheuser-Busch InBev's Stella Artois Solstice Lager - Product Launch 21 May 2020

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched the first limited-edition Stella Artois.


Pernod Ricard's Absolut Vodka Sodas, Absolut Cocktails - Product Launch 21 May 2020

Andy Morton

Pernod Ricard has launched two new Absolut sparkling RTDs - a range of vodka sodas and a range of canned cocktails.


Chateau de Pommard targets Europe's high-end on-premise with distribution deals 21 May 2020

Olly Wehring

Burgundy producer Château de Pommard has added three markets to its presence in Europe.


Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cocktail Bitters - Product Launch 20 May 2020

Rafaela Sousa

Brown-Forman has launched a cocktail bitters under its Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey brand.


PepsiCo's Gatorade Juiced - Product Launch 20 May 2020

Andy Morton

PepsiCo has launched a no-added-sugar Gatorade with juice flavourings.


Direct-to-Consumer no match for Amazon consumer base - e-commerce expert 20 May 2020

Andy Morton

A UK e-commerce consultant has warned that owned direct-to-consumer outlets lack a critical mass of consumers compared to online retailers such as Amazon.


WhistlePig Rye Whiskey changes Georgia distribution to United Distributors 20 May 2020

Rafaela Sousa

WhistlePig Rye Whiskey is switching partners in Georgia, with wholesaler United Distributors set to handle the Vermont-based craft distiller's portfolio throughout the state.


Accolade Wines selects Quintessential Wines as US partner 20 May 2020

Olly Wehring

Accolade Wines has allied with Quintessential Wines in the US, with the latter taking on a raft of Accolade's brands in the country.


"'Watershed moment' is the right term to use" - Charlie Merrells, chief strategy officer for Amazon agency Molzi - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 20 May 2020

Andy Morton

Charlie Merrells left his job as Amazon's UK category head for beer, wines and spirits days before the coronavirus lockdown hit the country. He could hardly have picked a more tumultuous moment for retail as the pandemic pushed consumers - many for the first time - towards the e-commerce channel. In his new role as chief strategy officer for Amazon agency Molzi, Merrells is tasked with navigating companies through the new sales environment. Many of these firms have also been pushed towards the channel for the first time because of the coronavirus. In an interview with just-drinks this week, Merrells talks about what the rush to online has meant for beer, wines and spirits, the mistakes companies make when selling on Amazon and whether new trends for direct-to-consumer will outlive the pandemic.


Quarantine Spirits' Quarantine Vodka - Product Launch 20 May 2020

Olly Wehring

US start-up Quarantine Spirits has lined up the release of a namesake vodka brand in the country.


The Glasgow Distillery’s Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Triple Distilled Release No.1 - Product Launch 20 May 2020

Rafaela Sousa

The Glasgow Distillery Co has lined up its third expression to its Glasgow 1770 Signature range.


Molson Coors Beverage Co's Aquarelle still water RTD - Product Launch 20 May 2020

Andy Morton

Molson Coors Beverage Co has continued to expand its RTD portfolio in Canada with the launch of a still version of Aquarelle, the company's vodka-based canned drinks range.


Anheuser-Busch InBev to launch Memorial Day Budweiser cans 19 May 2020

Andy Morton

The US division of Anheuser-Busch InBev has unveiled the latest Budweiser cans in its annual Memorial Day salute to the country's military services.


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