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Don't let complacency kill Global Travel Retail - Comment - TFWA 2018 16 Oct 2018

Change happens slowly in the Global Travel Retail channel. At this month's Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes, delegates were still discussing the same problems as two years ago - how to make money in a channel squeezed by the landlord/retailer/supplier model. The difference is, however, that two years ago, because of a backdrop of declining sales, there was a hardened sense in Cannes that "something needs to be done". This year, no such urgency exists. Global Travel Retail - right now - looks in pretty good shape.


Consumer demand for environmental efforts reaches fever pitch - Consumer Trends 16 Oct 2018

My initial thoughts for my latest Consumer Trends consideration for just-drinks were to write about how drinks companies can make alcohol more fun, thereby breaking down barriers with consumers. Last week's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, however, made me feel that such frivolity would be somewhat remiss.


Why there's more to dying than just drinking - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 220 16 Oct 2018

For reasons unclear, the authors of a recent study into alcohol consumption and mortality combined results from two, very different studies; one from the Veterans’ Health Administration, based on outpatient clinical medical records, and the other from a national survey in the US [The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)]. Unfortunately, the VA data did not adjust for tobacco use or other important lifestyle habits, and is not useful in judging the effects of alcohol consumption on mortality.


What just-drinks thinks - Heineken's partnership with Formula E 15 Oct 2018

Is Heineken now looking to secure the brand loyalty of the petrol (and electric) heads among beer consumers?


Five ways that digital could help the Global Travel Retail consumer - Focus 12 Oct 2018

The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes this month hosted its own digital village, a showcase for some of the leading tech and latest online and digital innovations in the Global Travel Retail channel. just-drinks brings you a summary of five of the best ideas on show.

Latest News

Treasury Wine Estates pins hopes on Asia with COO appointment 18 Oct 2018

Treasury Wine Estates has upped its focus on the wine markets of Asia, with MD of Europe Tom King moving to assume the role of chief operating officer for the region.


Is Pernod Ricard poised for a bumper run-up to Christmas? - Q1 results data 18 Oct 2018

Pernod Ricard is expecting a healthy first half of its fiscal-2019, with a double-digit lift in sales from its international brands in Q1 setting the scene.


Diageo's The John Walker Masters' Edition 50 year old blended Scotch - Product Launch 17 Oct 2018

Diageo has released a 50 year old whisky under its The John Walker brand.


Pernod Ricard takes Royal Salute 21 Year Old Beach Polo Edition global 17 Oct 2018

Pernod Ricard has extended the availability of the 21-year-old iteration of the Royal Salute blended Scotch brand to the high-end off-premise channel.


Non-alcoholic beer falls at draught hurdle 15 Oct 2018

The non-alcoholic beer category faces "product integrity issues" that could hamper its move towards draught, Heineken's head brewer has warned.


Heineken adds Formula E to motor racing marketing activity 15 Oct 2018

Heineken has boosted its motor racing presence, securing 'official beer and cider' status with the Formula E electric street racing series.


Beam Suntory announces Amazon-exclusive Bowmore whisky 15 Oct 2018

Islay single malt whisky distillery Bowmore has lined up its first ever Amazon-exclusive bottling.


Quintessential Brands’ Bloom Lemon & Elderflower Gin Liqueur - Product Launch 15 Oct 2018

Quintessential Brands has released a gin liqueur under its Bloom brand.


If you read only one thing... - This week's must-reads on just-drinks 12 Oct 2018

Here's a look at the biggest stories and the best content from just-drinks this week.


Teeling Whiskey 30-Year-Old Irish Single Malt - Product Launch 12 Oct 2018

Irish whiskey company Teeling has released a 30-year-old single malt whiskey. The Teeling 30-Year-Old Irish Single Malt is part of the company's Vintage Reserve Collection.

Latest blogs

Budweiser races to stock Mars bars 16 Mar 2017

For those people looking to the Red Planet as shining utopia away from all things earth, look away now.


When life gives you lemons, make soap 9 Feb 2017

Bacardi's 42 Below vodka brand has found a novel way to use the lemons left over from cocktail-making: Turn them into liquid soap.


Accolade Wines and a giant of the tennis world 12 Dec 2016

Earlier this month, I was most-kindly invited by Accolade Wines to visit the Royal Albert Hall in London. The reason? They wanted to see a tennis great in action, and then give them a guided tour through their Anakena wine portfolio.