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July 5, 2013

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 Facts – US Beer Consumption per State in 2012

Earlier this week, the Beer Institute released state-by-state beer consumption figures for the US in 2012. Here’s the list of all 50 states – and the District of Columbia.

9. Analysis – Constellation Brands ready for Crown Imports price hike

Constellation Brands is poised to accelerate pricing on its Crown Imports labels after first-quarter results showed the recently-acquired beers in rude health, an analyst has said.

8. Analysis – Brazil to spoil Anheuser-Busch InBev’s year

Consumer weakness in Brazil and a depreciating Real will slow Anheuser-Busch InBev’s growth this year, an analyst has warned.

7. just On Call – Beer coup boosts wines, spirits retail power – Constellation CFO

Constellation Brands’ takeover of Grupo Modelo’s beer portfolio in the US gives it extra leverage with the country’s retailers across all alcohol categories, the company’s CFO has said.

6. Comment: Breakfast Drinks are No Silver Bullet

As manufacturers look to revitalise a lacklustre cereal category and win back the growing number of “breakfast skippers” in the US, they are increasingly focusing on convenient options such as breakfast drinks. 

5. Analysis – Monster braced for slowing international sales

Monster Beverage is likely to report slower international sales growth in its second quarter with a weaker performance in Japan, Canada and Mexico, an analyst has warned.

4. Comment – Wine – Amorim, O-I and Helix: Turning the Screwcap?

Chris Losh may not have been the biggest fan of Amorim, but the company’s launch of the screwtop-style cork closure last month has Losh slightly more onside than before. Just.

3. In the Spotlight – Coca-Cola Life

There was an outbreak of eyebrow raising earlier this year when the Coca-Cola Co confirmed it was relaunching Sprite in the UK with some of the sugar replaced with stevia. Rejigging a formula to suit the Zeitgeist had an air of New Coke about it. But it wasn’t a bold step by Coca-Cola – it was the logical one.

2. Analysis – M&A in the Drinks Sector: Why Doing the Deal is Only the Beginning

The drinks sector is particularly fertile ground for mergers and acquisition activity, with a number of big businesses accustomed to making acquisitions to spur growth, new players popping up all over the place with new offerings, and clear efficiencies to be had when combining systems and processes.

1. Analysis – The End of Diageo’s Hunt for United Spirits

It was always going to take a while, but it looks like, finally, Diageo’s plans to take control of United Spirits (USL) in India have drawn to an end.

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