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"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.


How kombucha can capture the hearts and minds of US consumers - Research in Focus 6 Sep 2018

Kombucha is one of the more unexpected success stories in American beverages. Until about a decade ago, few had ever heard of it and most people drinking kombucha were brewing it themselves using borrowed bacterial cultures. Now, the fizzy tea has gone mainstream and is growing faster than almost any other drink in the US.


Could Keurig Dr Pepper lose other brands after Bodyarmor blow? - Analysis 15 Aug 2018

Yesterday, The Coca-Cola Co announced an agreement to purchase a minority stake in sports drinks brand Bodyarmor.


Indra Nooyi leaves PepsiCo in good shape, but what lies ahead for Ramon Laguarta? - Comment 7 Aug 2018

With a rumoured predisposition to going shoeless around the office and a past life as a guitar player in a band, Indra Nooyi was one of the more colourful CEOs in the corporate world of global drinks. But, that's not the only reason the woman once described as a "hippie" in one of her many stage introductions will be missed when, as announced yesterday, she passes the PepsiCo baton to her global president, Ramon Laguarta.

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Luxco's Old Ezra Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Product Launch 20 Sep 2018

Luxco's Old Ezra Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Product Launch


Few Spirits' American Whiskey - Product Launch 20 Sep 2018

Illinois distillery Few Spirits has launched a whiskey that blends its Bourbon and rye expressions.


William Grant & Sons secures official Tequila title for Milagro Tequila with Sacramento Kings 20 Sep 2018

William Grant & Sons has agreed a sponsorship deal for its Milagro Tequila brand with US basketball team the Sacramento Kings. 


Beam Suntory poaches Heaven Hill master distiller in Maker's Mark shake-up 19 Sep 2018

Beam Suntory has confirmed a raft of appointments among the senior production team for its Maker’s Mark whiskey brand.


Beam Suntory's Jim Beam Repeal Batch - Product Launch 19 Sep 2018

Beam Suntory has unveiled a limited release addition to its Jim Beam portfolio to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the US.


Conor McGregor's Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey - Product Launch 18 Sep 2018

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Conor McGregor has unveiled a whiskey from his homeland, through his Eire Born Spirits venture.


The Coca-Cola Co linked to cannabis drinks move - report 17 Sep 2018

The Coca-Cola Co has declined to comment on reports it is to enter the cannabis beverage market in a deal with a Canadian firm.


Retail channel integration key to future online sales wins - forecast 17 Sep 2018

Omni-channel retailers will remain under-threat from Amazon going forward, according to recently-released research, with the online giant set to account for half of all online retail sales by 2023.


Black Infusions' Gold Apricot vodka - Product Launch 17 Sep 2018

US spirits producer Black Infusions is set to release an addition to its flavoured vodka range, with an expression flavoured with dried apricots from California.


Diageo's Bulleit lines up bartender 'test lab' space in San Francisco 17 Sep 2018

Diageo has opened an education and experimentation space for bartenders as it looks to support the US on-premise.

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?