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Cannabis – A clear and present danger to alcohol 29 Nov 2016

Election day 2016 in the US provided some surprises, but the country's growing embrace of cannabis was not one of them. Voters in four states – California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada – approved legislation sanctioning the recreational use of marijuana, effectively doubling the number of states that allow the practice. This legislative action suggests that the alcohol beverage industry will likely face increased competition from legalised marijuana somewhat sooner than it had expected.

Why has Dr Pepper Snapple bought Bai? 23 Nov 2016

Yesterday, Dr Pepper Snapple Group confirmed the US$1.7bn purchase of Bai Brands. 

Bai Brands - What has DPSG bought for US1.7bn? 23 Nov 2016

Yesterday, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) agreed to purchase Bai Bubbles owner Bai Brands, in a deal worth US1.7bn. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the acquisition and the target company.  

AB InBev's Brito battles the tyranny of choice 2 Nov 2016

just-drinks sparked a Twitter mini-storm in the craft beer world this week when I reported a few unguarded comments from Anheuser-Busch InBev's CEO, Carlos Brito.

Interview, Andy Thomas, CBA, CEO - Part II 18 Oct 2016

In part two of our interview with Craft Brew Alliance’s CEO, we talk to Andy Thomas about the state of the craft beer market, how CBA fits into it and where the category is headed.

Latest News

Pabst Brewing appoints Simon Thorpe CEO 2 Dec 2016

Pabst Brewing Co has recruited the recently-departed head of Duvel Moortgat's US division, Simon Thorpe, as its new CEO.

Remy snaps up Seattle's Westland Distillery 1 Dec 2016

Remy Cointreau has moved further into the brown spirits category with the acquisition of North American single malt whiskey producer Westland Distillery.

Sazerac poaches ex-Diageo government director 1 Dec 2016

The Sazerac Co has opened its first office in Washington, DC with the appointment of Diageo's former US government lobbyist. 

Jones Soda's Wiz’s Energizing Elixir - NPD 1 Dec 2016

Jones Soda has partnered publisher Square Enix to release a limited edition Final Fantast XV-themed soda. 

Diageo rolls out Crown Royal US push 30 Nov 2016

Diageo has launched a new advertising initiative for its Crown Royal Canadian whisky brand in the US market. 

Diageo reaches deal in Stitzel legal row 30 Nov 2016

Diageo has confirmed that its North American division has reached a settlement in its legal battle with Allied Lomar over the ‘Stitzel’ trademark.

Bavaria eyes expansion with Latis Imports buy 29 Nov 2016

Dutch brewer Bavaria has said it has taken the "next step" in its international expansion with the acquisition of US craft beer importer Latis Imports.

Dad's Hat Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged Rye - NPD 29 Nov 2016

Mountain Laurel Spirits' Pennsylvania distillery Dad's Hat has partnered a maple syrup producer to create a maple syrup barrel-aged rye. The limited release will be available at the distillery from 1 December. 

Diageo, Nolets unveil latest Ketel One campaign 29 Nov 2016

Diageo and the Nolet Group have launched a new marketing campaign for the Ketel One vodka brand. 

Sun Orchard buys Blue Lake Citrus Products assets 29 Nov 2016

US juice company Sun Orchard has acquired several Blue Lake Citrus Products assets, including the Noble Juice brand.

Latest blogs

Anheuser-Busch InBev execs have a dream - a US$350m-sized one 15 Nov 2016

Ever wondered what fuels Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisitional drive? Is it naked ambition? Faith? The good of mankind?

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Bud Light ad pull shows not all campaigns can win 31 Oct 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is reportedly calling a halt to its Seth Rogan and Amy Schumer Bud Light campaign in the US.

Queues are forming for latest (Jim Beam) Apple product 9 Sep 2016

Move over iPhone 7 headphones-gate, there is a new Apple product causing a stir. Or a shake. Or just a shot.