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What will be Carlsberg's priorities for the years ahead? – Analysis

21 March 2019 | Stephen Beaumont

Following on from just-drinks' analysis this month of Carlsberg's performance over the last five years, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers the takeaways for the wider brewing industry.... read more

Could a Pernod Ricard offload revolutionise the wine category? - just-drinks thinks

15 March 2019 | Olly Wehring

We're all used to the rumour mill churning out the well-worn trope, and this week was no exception: Pernod Ricard is mulling an offload of its wine business, the headlines screamed - again.... read more

Why the mainstream media is confusing spirits' target consumer - Comment

14 March 2019 | Neil Ridley

When people talk about alcohol, a lot of them get quite excited. Some get over-excited. As for those people that work in the media... Neil Ridley explains.... read more

Why iced coffee will be one to watch for soft drinks in 2019 - Comment

8 March 2019 | Richard Corbett

In this month's consideration of the soft drinks category, category commentator Richard Corbett turns his attention to the iced coffee segment and sees opportunities for growth everywhere he looks.... read more

Why is wine getting more complicated in an age of simplicity? - Comment

5 March 2019 | Chris Losh

In his latest missive for just-drinks, wine commentator Chris Losh voices his concerns about what he sees as the over-complication of the category at a time when consumers are craving less detail, not more.... read more

Has the gin ship already sailed? - Comment

26 February 2019 | Richard Woodard

While the gin category continues to hog the drinks industry headlines, our white spirits commentator, Richard Woodard, has some sage advice for those interested in jumping on the bandwagon.... read more

How much do consumers care about the ingredients in their beer? - Comment

21 February 2019 | Stephen Beaumont

Earlier this month, a very public row broke out in the US over ingredients claims in the nation's beers. Stephen Beaumont takes a look at the in-fighting, but remains unconvinced of the need for such concerns.... read more

Why Diageo & LVMH's mooted move for Pernod Ricard won't wash - just-drinks thinks

18 February 2019 | Andy Morton

A couple of years ago, during a debate in London, former Diageo CEO Paul Walsh said that an acquisition was worth any price, provided you believed in what you were buying.... read more

How to win the marketing war in spirits - Comment

15 February 2019 | Neil Ridley

Our brown spirits commentator, Neil Ridley, has had his passion for whisky reignited, thanks to a recent trip to the Scottish island of Islay. He's also concluded that a 'sense of place' is the most important weapon in a spirits' marketer's armoury.... read more

Is cannabis M&A in US craft beer a life raft or an exit strategy? - Comment

14 February 2019 | Andy Morton

Back in 2017, the US craft beer industry was figuring out the best way to get its hands on more money. ... read more

Heineken cleans up coal-smeared Newcastle Brown Ale for bright Californian future - Comment

11 February 2019 | Andy Morton

The idea that the Californian beer beatniks at the Lagunitas brewer are behind a US relaunch of Heineken's Newcastle Brown Ale is, to many in the UK, slightly incongruous. ... read more

Where to position cannabis-infused soft drinks for the greatest success - Comment

7 February 2019 | Richard Corbett

A functional drink that actually 'functions' is a very saleable commodity. Soft drinks infused with cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) could be just that and, for that reason, an awful lot of soft drinks executives are talking about them, albeit sometimes in hushed tones. Richard Corbett looks at the opportunities out there for CBD-infused drinks.... read more

When is a rum not a rum? When it's Captain Morgan - just-drinks thinks

5 February 2019 | Olly Wehring

Last week's half-year results have given Diageo a solid base for its fiscal full-year. But, amidst the 7.5% sales lift for the group in the six months to the end of December was a disappointing set of figures from Captain Morgan.... read more

How to adapt to changing trends in wine - A case-study - Comment

5 February 2019 | Chris Losh

The wine category has long had a reputation for being too slow to react to changing trends, both among consumers and within the industry. Chris Losh highlights a bold move to right these wrongs, from - of all places - France.... read more

A tentative start for spirits at the Super Bowl - just-drinks thinks

4 February 2019 | Andy Morton

Last week, in the just-drinks pre-game round-up of the beverage industry's Super Bowl ads, we noted that this year's offerings threw up little in the way of surprise. Once again, there were the usual suspects supporting their biggest brands inside the most expensive real estate in marketing.... read more

Oddbins owner considers sale - just-drinks thinks

29 January 2019 | Andy Morton

The owner of Oddbins is reportedly exploring sale options for the UK high street wine retailer after losing millions of pounds over the past two years. An email seen by The Guardian newspaper told staff the company and its subsidiaries "cannot continue in their current form".... read more

Where are all the female CEOs? Ask again in 2029 - Comment

29 January 2019 | Lucy Britner

Last year saw a raft of CEOs from global drinks firms announce their intentions to either move on or retire. As the stories unfolded, it became clear that those of us hoping for more female leaders in the industry would potentially have to wait another ten years.... read more

What's coming up in white spirits in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

29 January 2019 | Richard Woodard

Rounding off our category forecasts for 2019 is Richard Woodard, who will guide us through his thoughts on what will shape the white spirits categories over the coming month.... read more

Has Fuller's sold up or sold out? - just-drinks thinks

25 January 2019 | Lucy Britner

"Immortalised in the name of one of our famous ales, 1845 is a year that will forever be Fuller’s," reads the London Pride owner's website. "It was then that the partnership papers of Fuller, Smith & Turner were officially signed, marking the start of something very special for London’s brewery scene."... read more

What's coming up in beer in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

22 January 2019 | Stephen Beaumont

Our category commentators are all looking forward this month, sharing their forecasts for the year ahead. Next up, we have Stephen Beaumont with his thoughts on the next 12 months in the global beer category.... read more

Bar Nøne launch proves Coca-Cola is faster - but still not first - Comment

16 January 2019 | Andy Morton

This week has seen yet another launch in the adult soft drinks category. Another company keen to target moderation trends with a cocktail-style beverage that fits comfortably into on-premise accounts.... read more

What's coming up in brown spirits in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

15 January 2019 | Neil Ridley

After the excesses of December, brown spirits commentator Neil Ridley takes a cursory glance into what 2019 is likely to bring, including a few shake-ups in the no-/low-alcohol segment of the category.... read more

Another drinks CEO steps down - But, why? - just-drinks thinks

14 January 2019 | Olly Wehring

Barely two weeks into a new year and the drinks industry already has its first CEO departure. With a raft of drinks leaders announcing in 2018 that they too will stand down, we'd normally be unsurprised that another is fleeing the nest. In this instance, however, the abrupt nature of Dan Jago's removal from the head of Berry Bros & Rudd warrants closer scrutiny.... read more

Will the race to the top drown out the value end for wine? - just-drinks thinks

11 January 2019 | Olly Wehring

Goodness me, they're all at it! Wine's major players all appear to be singing from the same hymn sheet, the title of which is 'Premiumisation'.... read more

Is Anheuser-Busch InBev preparing for Heineken's China push? - just-drinks thinks

11 January 2019 | Olly Wehring

Today's reports on Anheuser-Busch InBev in Asia have focused on the brewer's debt pile. But, could the potential launch of an IPO in the region serve more as a signal of the company's preparation for Heineken's tie-up with China Resources Enterprises in the coming months?... read more

What's coming up in wine in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

10 January 2019 | Chris Losh

This month, our category commentators are lining up to share with us their thoughts on how 2019 will shape their respective sectors. Here's Chris Losh, our wine expert, with his take on the year ahead.... read more

What's coming up in soft drinks in 2019? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

8 January 2019 | Richard Corbett

Over the coming weeks, just-drinks' category commentators will share with us their thoughts on how 2019 will shape their respective sectors. First up, Richard Corbett looks at the soft drinks and bottled water categories.... read more

UFC entry to spirits ring has lessons for industry and its celebrity infatuation - Comment

8 January 2019 | Andy Morton

September was a big month for spirits and the combat sport known as mixed-martial arts, or MMA. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest promoter in MMA, signed its first vodka partnership, with Nemiroff. A few days later Heaven Hill Brands came onboard with UFC through a partnership for its Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum.... read more

Another Coca-Cola system executive switches to Bodyarmor - What just-drinks thinks

8 January 2019 | Olly Wehring

The appointment of another senior executive form the Coca-Cola system to the team at Bodyarmor serves as a clear indicator of the planned direction of travel for the US sports drinks brand.... read more

Anheuser-Busch InBev rolls into the cannabis saloon but will caution see it miss high noon? - Comment

20 December 2018 | Andy Morton

Back in June, in an interview with just-drinks, Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito said of cannabis: "We'll continue to follow it but, for now, we don't feel we need to do anything." ... read more

Ian Curle - the quiet CEO who dragged Edrington into the 21st Century - Comment

12 December 2018 | Andy Morton

2018 is the year a CEO exodus ripped through the spirits industry. Constellation's Rob Sands, Beam Suntory's Matt Shattock and Brown-Forman's Paul Varga all gave notice of their departures. ... read more

How the global beer category will face the growth challenges of the future - Comment

6 December 2018 | Stephen Beaumont

Bringing the curtain down on 2018, our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks at the growth-driving strategies of the past and predicts how these strategies will morph in the coming years.... read more

Is craft spirits approaching a reset moment? - Comment

4 December 2018 | Richard Woodard

The recent bankruptcy filing by Death's Door Spirits Co in the US has prompted spirits commentator Richard Woodard to look more closely at the craft end of the category. Is reality starting to bite?... read more

Why spirits marketing risks losing sight of the actual spirit - Comment

22 November 2018 | Neil Ridley

As marketing activity becomes more digitally-focussed, visually-orientated and 'Instagrammable', are spirits companies losing sight of the importance of simply delivering a tasting experience? Neil Ridley warns that some brand owners run the risk of losing the plot.... read more

Why the future looks better for low-calorie soft drinks, despite US troubles - Comment

15 November 2018 | Richard Corbett

In recent years, the health & wellness trend has set the scene for low-calorie soft drinks to boom. The US, however, has provided little but headaches for soft drinks companies. Until now. Richard Corbett investigates.... read more