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Constellation Brands cuts losses on US$1bn Ballast Point folly - Comment 4 Dec 2019

Ballast Point has fallen victim to the new broom of Constellation CEO Bill Newlands, who since his appointment in March has shown a determination to focus solely on the company's best-in-class brands.


US Champagne tariffs threaten critical blow to powerhouse market - just-drinks thinks 3 Dec 2019

These are trying times for Champagne exporters. Three months after dodging a tariff bullet through their exclusion from a list of retaliatory US taxes on imported European goods, they now find themselves caught up in a separate trade war. That both of these transatlantic spates are over, respectively, aeroplanes and tech firms -  a world away from the vineyards of north-east France - must make the turmoil even harder to take.


FDA must lead CBD out of the legal shadows - Comment 28 Nov 2019

In declining to define CBD as a Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) ingredient this week, and sending warning letters to 15 companies selling products containing CBD, the US Food and Drug Administration has seemingly thrown the nascent CBD beverage category into doubt.


Why US craft beer is still holding its value - Comment 26 Nov 2019

just-drinks' beer commentator has had another craft acquisition to digest this month. Stephen Beaumont takes a closer look at Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to eventually move for Craft Brew Alliance. His conclusions may differ from yours.


US craft beer gangs up to battle Mad Max market - Comment 21 Nov 2019

When The Boston Beer Co agreed to combine with Dogfish Head Brewery in May, just-drinks wrote that it was the start of a new trend in US craft beer that will see independent brewers seek safety in numbers.

Latest News

Constellation Brands slashes wine sale price to EJ Gallo after brands edged out 12 Dec 2019

Constellation Brands has knocked more than half-a-billion dollars off the price of its wine divestment to E&J Gallo after regulators forced the company to exclude three brands from the deal.


Distilled Spirits Council hails new US, Canada, Mexico trade agreement 12 Dec 2019

The Distilled Spirits Council has applauded a move towards a new trade deal in North America.


The Coca-Cola Co lines up AR holiday campaign 12 Dec 2019

The Coca-Cola Co has rolled out an augmented reality campaign in time for the festive season.


Molson Coors unveils Blue Moon brewery upgrade as taprooms flourish 12 Dec 2019

Molson Coors is to up capacity at its Blue Moon pilot brewery in Denver by 50% to meet growing demand at its taprooms.


Growth for craft beer volumes in US static at 4% - figures 11 Dec 2019

US volumes growth for craft beer is set to remain in the low single digits next year, new figures have shown.


Molson Coors lines up Vizzy hard seltzer for 2020 launch 10 Dec 2019

Molson Coors is to launch a hard seltzer that contains anti-oxidants as part of a new strategy to expand beyond the beer category.


Diageo rolls out US Smirnoff Ice gifting activation 10 Dec 2019

Diageo has created a tongue-in-cheek holiday campaign for its Smirnoff Ice RTD brand in the US.


Constellation Brands CFO to head up Canopy Growth as cannabis beverages revealed 9 Dec 2019

Constellation Brands' CFO is to lead cannabis partner Canopy Growth, the companies said, as they unveiled their first THC and CBD beverage ranges.


Mast-Jagermeister signs new NHL sponsorship deal 9 Dec 2019

Mast-Jagermeister has extended the sponsorship arrangement between its namesake liqueur brand and the US National Hockey League.


Greenhouse returns as PepsiCo targets food & drink start-ups in North America 6 Dec 2019

PepsiCo has kicked off the second round of its entrepreneur-focused funding project in North America, with a total of US$300,00 set aside for successful businesses.