Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:
Pernod Ricard is to target female consumers in China after increasing pressure from a government crackdown pushed down expected profits in the country.
Diageo has said rapid growth in the North American flavoured whiskey category convinced it to create J&B Urban Honey despite previous claims it had “no plans” to enter the flavoured Scotch sub-category.
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Once a month, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what’s going on in-market to promote a responsible role for alcohol in society.
For the past ten years, SABMiller has been a favourite of investors looking for strong returns in the beer industry. A combination of good exposure to fast-growing emerging markets and a willingness for M&A has seen the brewer post double digit earnings growth since 2004.
Cider is having a bit of a moment in the sun. In the US, the category – which is called ‘hard cider’ – is continuing to see surging growth (albeit from a tiny base), while the same story is being repeated in Australia. Even in Asia, countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore are being turned on to the drink.
While many drinks companies have highlighted Africa as a continent that offers huge potential, the region is not without its well-documented perils and pitfalls. Most notable among these is the logistical challenge of a continent that, broadly speaking, has a weak and under-developed infrastructure.
The aim of all brand owners is to secure consumer loyalty above all competitors. But, as Richard Woodard suggests, this might be an unattainable – and hence unrealistic – aim.
Roland Pirmez was president of Asia Pacific Breweries before Heineken took full control of the joint venture in 2012. He now combines that role with heading up Heineken’s Asia Pacific division. just-drinks sat down up with the Belgian just before he delivered a presentation to investors in London on Friday (21 March).
Last week, we ran the first part of an interview with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co founder Ken Grossman. Here, in part two, the Californian craft brewing icon discusses big brewers’ attempts to capitalise on the segment’s success and how craft consumers are reacting to cans.
As the Scotch whisky industry appears to expand with gay abandon, Ian Buxton takes a look up the supply chain and asks if there’s enough wood in them thar hills to hold the stuff.
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