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Rob Sands latest drinks CEO to stand down - What just-drinks thinks 18 Oct 2018

After more than a ten years at the helm, we at just-drinks can't really say we're surprised that Constellation Brands CEO Rob Sands has decided to hand over day to day running of the business to his president Bill Newlands. A decade of power is a trendy term for beverage CEOs lucky enough to choose the timing of their own departure. PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi was up to just a little bit more when she stepped down this year, while Diageo's Paul Walsh managed 12 years.

Will the drinks industry have a cannabis-inspired October? - Analysis 5 Oct 2018

We're approaching the first anniversary of Constellation Brands' move into the cannabis space. And, if drinks industry observers were excited then, they're even more excited now.

Why the usual vodka suspects will have to sit out the short-term in the US - Comment 2 Oct 2018

What are the prospects for vodka in the category's vital US market? Spirits commentator Richard Woodard takes us back, to look forwards.

"We've got to be part of a wider ecosystem to succeed" - Daniel Grubbs, MD of the PepsiCo Ventures Group 18 Sep 2018

PepsiCo is to take its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator programme to North America after launching the initiative in Europe, where it is in its second year. Dean Best spoke to PepsiCo executive Daniel Grubbs about why the US food and drinks giant is bringing the scheme to its domestic market, what it has learnt so far and why such programmes are important strategically to one of the largest players in the sector.

Who needs alcohol when Coca-Cola can have versatile cannabis? - Comment 17 Sep 2018

Back in March, I asked what the odds would be on the launch of Coke Cannabis after The Coca-Cola Co's total beverage strategy led the group into the alcohol market in Japan. Today, those odds got a whole lot shorter with a report from Bloomberg that the soft drinks giant could be about to enter the cannabis market in a deal with Canada's Aurora Cannabis.

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Dirty Lemon CEO warns of legal "liability" as CBD drink discontinued - report 16 Nov 2018

Dirty Lemon, a US company that released a CBD water this year, has discontinued the product because it believes CBD is "too much of a liability for us".

Bacardi's Patrón Estate Release blanco Tequila - Product Launch 16 Nov 2018

Bacardi has added a limited edition expression to its Patron Tequila brand that will be available only in the US.

Greg Hughes to move into Beam Suntory's vacant North America president seat 16 Nov 2018

Beam Suntory has named a new head of its North America operations, filling the position vacated by Albert Baladi's upcoming move to become group CEO.

Conor McGregor's Proper No. Twelve whiskey sells "hundreds of thousands" of bottles in one month 15 Nov 2018

The makers of an Irish whiskey backed by UFC star Conor McGregor are racing to get back into production after selling half-a-year's allocation in one month.

Corona Premier "could be our next big brand" - Constellation Brands 14 Nov 2018

Senior executives at Constellation Brands have hailed the early success of low-carb Corona extension Premier in the US market.

Hiatus "ultra-premium" Tequila range - Product Launch 14 Nov 2018

US start-up Hiatus Tequila is readying the US launch of a three-strong, 100% blue Weber agave Tequila portfolio, aimed at the higher-end of the category.

Beam Suntory's Cruzan Hurricane Proof - Product Launch 13 Nov 2018

Beam Suntory has released a new expression from its Cruzan rum brand.

Talking Rain's Sparkling Ice Cranberry Frost - Product Launch 13 Nov 2018

Talking Rain has added a seasonal, limited edition iteration to its Sparkling Ice line up.

Diageo offloads non-premium spirits roster to Sazerac in US$550m sale 12 Nov 2018

Diageo is to sell 19 of its lesser-known spirits brands to US firm Sazerac for US$550m.

Diageo's Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels - Product Launch 12 Nov 2018

A Guinness stout that has spent time in barrels previously used to hold Bulleit Bourbon has been launched in "very limited" quantities in the US.

Latest blogs

Starbucks jumps on gin bandwagon 14 Mar 2018

Starbucks has become the latest company to tap into the gin craze, with the launch of Starbucks Reserve Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew.

Bad day on the beer? This'll help 3 Nov 2017

If you work for a brewer and are having a rough week, take a minute to regain some perspective with this, from the good people at US craft beer producer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brewers Association "bid" to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev strikes a chord 17 Oct 2017

Is this a case of if you can't beat them, buy them?