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The US beer market - A level playing field for all 24 Nov 2015

In a developed market where the top two players account for over two-thirds of total volumes, smaller players would be forgiven for thinking they had far less to go at, compared to in the newer, emerging markets. But, present size is not relative to future growth potential, as one analyst has explored this week.

How can juice avoid soft drinks' sugar war? - NPD 24 Nov 2015

It is well known that carbonated soft drinks have a sugar - and obesity - problem that has led to steady sales erosion over the past decade. Less well known is that juice is suffering as much, if not more, from many of the same issues.

Constellation and Ballast Point's "sticker shock" 17 Nov 2015

Constellation Brands' beer ambitions took a giant leap forward in 2012 when it secured the US rights to Grupo Modelo's brands. Yesterday, it took another big stride with the US$1bn acquisition of craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Gruppo Campari flies the flag for US success 12 Nov 2015

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 Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), earlier this year, the share for spirits in 2014 rose to 35.2% - US$4.2bn - from 34.7% the prior year, marking the fifth consecutive year of growing market share. Despite the attractive figures, for some, finding the end of the rainbow has proved to be a challenge.

Race is on for Molson Coors in MegaBrew fallout 6 Nov 2015

Personnel changes and supply chain efficiency moves have fuelled further speculation that Molson Coors is limbering up to buy out SABMiller from their US JV, MillerCoors.

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US Bartenders said to drive Italian spirits surge 26 Nov 2015

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Coney Island Hard Ginger & Orange Cream Ale 24 Nov 2015

Boston Beer's Coney Island Brewing Company has launched two new flavours in its line of soda-inspired ales. 

Small Town unveils Not Your Father's Ginger Ale 24 Nov 2015

Small Town Brewery has launched a new alcoholic soft drink it hopes will emulate the success of Not Your Father's Root Beer.

Hiro Sake sets sights on Europe with Italy launch 24 Nov 2015

Hiro Sake is to launch in Italy next year, marking the Japanese spirit producer's first entry into Europe.

Sidney Frank CEO to head Clooney's import co 23 Nov 2015

The CEO of Sidney Frank Importing is leaving the firm to head up George Clooney's new spirits import company. 

Heineken backs cider to take 5% of US beer 23 Nov 2015

Heineken has said US cider can grow to 5% of the beer market despite a recent slowdown.

Latest blogs

Beer and breakfast DO go together 13 Aug 2015

Is this the true breakfast of champions?

Monster Beverage Corp backs the right horse 8 Jun 2015

Rarely do sponsorship deals pay off so quickly.

It's Brew-Tang Forever as producers get creative 5 Jun 2015

I've just got back from New York, where the owner of a successful string of Manhattan bars showed me one of his latest best-sellers.