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April 17, 2014

just For Subscribers – The week in drinks

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

By Jason Ingle

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

10. just the Winners – San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Best in Show: Part I

Late last month, the 14th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition took place. Last week, the list of Best in Show awards was released. Here is part one of the full list of winners.

9. Analysis – Diageo dips in Q3 as China still chokes

“Disappointing” was how one analyst group described Diageo’s trading update today. That sentiment has since been reflected on the London Stock Exchange.

8. Analysis – The Coca-Cola Co meets rather than beats expectations

The good thing about lowered expectations is that they are much easier to exceed. So while The Coca-Cola Co may not have been happy with its roundly disappointing final quarter of 2013, it did lay the groundwork for a breakout of relative optimism from analysts as they digested yesterday’s first quarter numbers.

7. Comment – PepsiCo Gets Real as Diet Declines Force Natural Focus

When The Coca-Cola Co releases its first-quarter results tomorrow (15 April), we can be all but certain they will contain more bad news for US diet sodas.

6. Analysis – Will Diageo’s ‘eye-watering’ United Spirits buy raise spirits?

As expected, Diageo has stepped up its bid to take majority control of India’s United Spirits Ltd (USL). The UK-headquartered company has launched a tender offer for a further 26% stake in the UB Group unit, which, if successful would raise its stake to around 55%.

5. just the Facts – Top 10 Australian Wine Export Markets by Volume, Value

Earlier today (16 April) Wine Australia released a report on category exports in the 12 months to the end of March. Here we detail the top 10 markets by volume and value and how they performed.

4. just On Call – Coca-Cola Co puts faith in marketing after Q1 declines

The Coca-Cola Co’s CEO has said the full weight of his company’s marketing will get the group back on track after a disappointing first quarter.

3. just On Call – Gruppo Campari CEO silent on Whyte & Mackay bid

Gruppo Campari’s CEO has sidestepped questions over a possible swoop for Whyte & Mackay (W&M), insisting the company will first focus on assimilating its new acquisitions.

2. Editor’s Viewpoint – Appointing a CEO: Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number

How long is a satisfactory term for a CEO? Of course, there’s more than one answer to this question: What if the company is publicly-listed? Or if it’s a privately-held firm. Of course, there is the small matter of how a company – irrespective of ownership structure – is performing. If a business has a struggle on its hands, then its understandable if a CEO’s tenure is cut short. Then, there’s retirement to factor in.

1. Comment – Beer – Craft Beer: A Success By Any Definition

As just-drinks publishes its latest on-trend report, which focuses on the craft beer sub-category, Larry Nelson ponders the future for the segment in its biggest market, the US.

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