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March 11, 2022

This week on Just Drinks

Here’s a round-up of Just Drinks’ coverage of the global beverage industry this week.

By Olly Wehring

In early-February, Carlsberg reported a 10% year-on-year increase in sales for 2021. Just Drinks picks through the brewer’s performance over the last five years for the trends set to affect the company, specifically, and the global beer category, more broadly.

Late last month, Just Drinks spoke to the head of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s supply operations, Peter Kraemer, about the supply chain pressures on the world’s largest brewer.

Minimum Unit Pricing came into effect in Ireland at the start of January. Category commentator Chris Losh considers the hit to wine

On Just Drinks’ news pages:

Growth at the higher-value end of the Tequila category is providing a counterweight to rising raw material costs for Brown-Forman, according to the group’s CFO.

Constellation Brands has lined up a raft of NPD extensions of the Modelo brand, one of which, a Ranch Water, risks drawing the ire of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Private equity group Pritzker Private Capital is teaming up with the management at Bardstown Bourbon Co to purchase the whiskey distiller and bottler.

Brown-Forman has expanded the reach of its Jack Daniel’s ready-to-drink (RTD) extension, making the line available nationwide in the US for the first time.

Diageo is set to up the production capacity for its Crown Royal Candian whisky brand with a new facility in the country.

This week’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis:

Stay up to date with the latest beverage-related developments as the crisis unfolds.

Stoli Group has announced a rebrand of its namesake vodka, officially ending the use of the Stolichnaya name in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo have both issued statements confirming suspensions of their CSD sales in Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Heineken is the latest brand owner to review its operations in Russia in light of recent developments.

From our parent company, GlobalData:

North America has retained and grown its dominance of ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) hirings among beverage companies, according to recent research.

The proportion of beverage companies hiring for ‘internet of things’-related positions increased last month, according to recently-released figures.

The proportion of beverage companies hiring for data analytics-related positions dipped slightly last month, according to recently-released figures.

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