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COVID-19 risks further gov't drinks intervention

Within a few months, the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically increased the health risks associated with being overweight or obese. This is...

Is there something wrong with C&C Group? - comment

Forgive my patronising tone, but I'm worried about you. I'm talking to C&C Group, who despite posting a lift in full-year sales earlier this...

France's wine industry can't blame COVID for ills

The wine producers in France are in a bit of a hole - but then, so is every other wine company around the world. Unlike their foreign peers,...

How to capture the post-COVID-19 wine consumer

Concha y Toro has outlined strategies that wine companies can adopt to connect with consumers once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided, in...

Latest Interviews

"'Watershed moment' is the right term to use" - Charlie Merrells, chief strategy officer for Amazon agency Molzi - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 20 May 2020

Andy Morton

Charlie Merrells left his job as Amazon's UK category head for beer, wines and spirits days before the coronavirus lockdown hit the country. He could hardly have picked a more tumultuous moment for retail as the pandemic pushed consumers - many for the first time - towards the e-commerce channel. In his new role as chief strategy officer for Amazon agency Molzi, Merrells is tasked with navigating companies through the new sales environment. Many of these firms have also been pushed towards the channel for the first time because of the coronavirus. In an interview with just-drinks this week, Merrells talks about what the rush to online has meant for beer, wines and spirits, the mistakes companies make when selling on Amazon and whether new trends for direct-to-consumer will outlive the pandemic.

China bounce-back a tonic for spirits - Zamora CEO Emilio Restoy - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 30 Apr 2020

Andy Morton

The alcohol industry is looking to China for indications of how the market will react after coronavirus lockdown measures are lifted. As China's on-premise reopens, one premium spirits & wine supplier with a exposure to the market is encouraged by what it is seeing.

Latest News

Carlsberg sales decline accelerates as H1 goes on - trading update 10 Jul 2020

Olly Wehring

Carlsberg has been hit hard by the recent trends toward larger packs and cheaper offerings in beer, with today's half-year trading update showing sales falling faster in value terms than in volumes.

COVID prompts wines from the Rhone to look closer to home 10 Jul 2020

Olly Wehring

The trade association for wine producers in France's Côtes du Rhône and Rhône Valley regions has redirected marketing activity this year to concentrate on its domestic market.

Coca-Cola HBC lines up chief operating officer role 10 Jul 2020

Olly Wehring

Coca-Cola HBC is looking to recalibrate the workload of its CEO through the creation of a chief operating officer position.

Served's hard seltzer range - Product Launch 10 Jul 2020

Andy Morton

UK company Served has launched a namesake range of hard seltzers.

Heineken UK's David Forde named next C&C Group CEO 9 Jul 2020

Andy Morton

C&C Group has appointed Heineken UK head David Forde as its new CEO.

Treasury Wine Estates brings Australia's Samuel Wynn & Co to UK 9 Jul 2020

Olly Wehring

Treasury Wine Estates is bringing the Samuel Wynn & Co wine brand to the UK three years after its debut in home market Australia.

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