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The US beer market - A level playing field for all

In a developed market where the top two players account for over two-thirds of total volumes, smaller players would be forgiven for thinking...

Constellation and Ballast Point's "sticker shock"

Constellation Brands' beer ambitions took a giant leap forward in 2012 when it secured the US rights to Grupo Modelo's brands. Yesterday, it...

Gruppo Campari flies the flag for US success

The US has long been perceived as the pot of gold at the end of the spirits rainbow. According to figures released by the country's Distille...

Race is on for Molson Coors in MegaBrew fallout

Personnel changes and supply chain efficiency moves have fuelled further speculation that Molson Coors is limbering up to buy out SABMiller...

Latest Interviews

What next for Lucas Bols? - CEO Interview 21 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Lucas Bols has seen a lot of changes recently. Earlier this month, just-drinks spoke to CEO Huub van Doorne about the company's IPO earlier this year, as well as the increasingly-crowded US spirits market and how best to target China's new cocktail culture.

Why did Mast-Jägermeister buy Sidney Frank? 10 Aug 2015

Andy Morton

Last week, Mast-Jägermeister, the German owner of the Jägermeister herbal liqueur, took control of its US distributor Sidney Frank Importing Co. Part of Mast-Jägermeister's new strategy to control distribution in its core markets, the acquisition was otherwise noteworthy because of the important role Sidney Frank has played in Jägermeister's global rise.With Jägermeister sales in the US under pressure, Mast-Jägermeister is looking to move away from its famous brand's reputation as a party shot and embrace the new craft spirits culture. But, as Mast-Jägermeister executive board member Michael Volke told just-drinks from New York last week, not completely away.

Latest News

US Bartenders said to drive Italian spirits surge 26 Nov 2015

Andy Morton

The head of Montenegro Group, owner of the Amaro Montenegro Italian liqueur, has said there is rising demand for Italian spirits in the US as bartenders get behind the category.

Sazerac sues Brown-Forman over Tennessee Fire 25 Nov 2015

Lucy Britner

Brown-Forman has said it will "vigorously" contest a lawsuit issued by Sazerac over advertising practices for Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire.

Craft, imports near 50% share in US on-trade 25 Nov 2015

Andy Morton

Craft and imported beers continue to take volume share from regular and light in the US on-trade and are quickly moving towards accounting for half of the market, new figures show.

Coca-Cola Co's science chief retires 25 Nov 2015

Lucy Britner

The Coca-Cola Co's chief science & health officer is to retire. Rhona Applebaum told the company last month of her intention to step down, although Coca-Cola has only confirmed the move this week.

Captain Morgan distillation trial queried by USVI 25 Nov 2015

Olly Wehring

Diageo has confirmed that it is under investigation by authorities in the US Virgin Islands over the importation of what the company calls "sugar cane intermediate" instead of molasses for the production of rum at its Captain Morgan facility on the island of St Croix.

Distell teams up with Terlato in US spirits JV 25 Nov 2015

Andy Morton

Amarula owner Distell Group is to launch a spirits joint-venture in the US with Terlato Wine Group.

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