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Rising costs put heat on Constellation Brands - Q1 Results Analysis 2 Jul 2018

Ever since a beer-assisted business boom - taper lit by the takeover of the Corona and Modelo brands in the US - sent its share price rocketing, Constellation Brands has made its investors a lot of money. Company stock has more than quadrupled in the past five years, buoyed by a consistent procession of quarterly sales jumps and earnings increases.

Heineken's in-house expert drives cannabis strategy - Comment 28 Jun 2018

What do international brewers know about cannabis? Not very much, it seems, which is why Constellation Brands last year invested CAD245m (US$191m) in a cannabis manufacturer to help Corona's US owner bring a cannabis beverage to market. Molson Coors is reportedly seeking similar help in its potential push into the category.

Will Diageo's American Anthem make vodka great again? - Comment 1 Jun 2018

Monday this week was Memorial Day in the US, a federal holiday in honour of those killed while serving in the country's armed forces. Thanks to a recent product launch from Diageo, consumers were also encouraged to raise a patriotic glass of vodka in their memory. But, can American Anthem make vodka great again? Richard Woodard is sceptical.

Why a growing craft brewer isn't always a takeover target – Comment 17 May 2018

Last month, the US trade organisation for craft brewers, the Brewers Association, released a most interesting list. just-drinks' resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont takes a closer look at the chart of the fastest-growing US craft brewers in 2017.

Plaudits to Anheuser-Busch InBev but will electric haulage be a box-office flop? - Comment 4 May 2018

It is a quirk of Hollywood that two movies on the same subject will sometimes appear at the same time.

Latest News

Anheuser-Busch InBev reorganises High End US beer unit 16 Jul 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev has moved its US craft beer portfolio into a standalone business unit as part of a shake-up of its High End division.

Brown-Forman looks to buy back US$200m of shares 16 Jul 2018

Brown-Forman has launched a share repurchase push, hoping to acquire around US$200m of its own stock over the next 12 months.

Wonderful Co's Fiji Water backs out of Keurig Dr Pepper 16 Jul 2018

Wonderful Co brand Fiji Water is to end its distribution partnership with Keurig Dr Pepper in the wake of the merger between Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keurig Green Mountain, which completed last week.

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America backs cannabis legalisation 13 Jul 2018

The trade association for US wine and spirits wholesalers has thrown its weight behind cannabis legalisation, but has warned that the drug must conform to the same laws that govern alcohol in the country.

Diageo’s Buchanan’s Select 15-Year-Old Blended Malt - Product Launch 13 Jul 2018

Diageo-owned blended Scotch whisky brand Buchanan’s has made its first foray into the blended malt subcategory with the launch in the US of Buchanan’s Select 15-Year-Old.

Heaven Hill's 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection whiskey - Product Launch 12 Jul 2018

Heaven Hill has announced the 12th edition of its annual ultra-premium release. Parker’s Heritage Collection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was finished in orange curaçao barrels.

Edrington's The Macallan Edition No 4 - Product Launch 12 Jul 2018

Edrington has rolled out the fourth release in the Edition series of its The Macallan single malt Scotch brand.

Constellation Brands names Kris Carey as chief diversity officer 11 Jul 2018

Constellation Brands has appointed its first chief diversity officer.

PepsiCo CEO hails Pepsi rescue plan as US sales recover 11 Jul 2018

PepsiCo's North American beverage business is back on track, the company's head has said, after a rescue plan launched last quarter helped revive Pepsi sales.

Constellation Brands buys Hispanic-influenced Four Corners Brewing 11 Jul 2018

Constellation Brands has acquired "bicultural" Texas-based beer maker Four Corners Brewing for an undisclosed sum.

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?