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This week on Just Drinks - Here's what we think

7 May 2021 | just-drinks.com editorial team

Here's a round-up of Just Drinks' latest members-only content and a look at this week's headlines, along with our thoughts.... read more


How soft drinks can make the most of the reopening on-premise and foodservice channels - comment

7 May 2021 | Lucy Britner

As lockdown restrictions continue to lift in markets across the world, hospitality venues are re-opening their doors or preparing to increase their capacity. Category commentator Lucy Britner explores how soft drinks brand owners can make sure they get their fair share of the expected boost to on-premise and foodservice sales.... read more


How Anheuser-Busch InBev's Carlos Brito changed the drinks industry like no other - comment

6 May 2021 | Andy Morton

In the more than three decades that Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Alves de Brito has been in brewing, the companies he has led have sold more beer than any other in history. He has overseen the two biggest takeovers in beer, including one that ranked among the largest in corporate history, and helped assemble a global entity that is responsible for one-third of the beers sold on the planet. It's no understatement to say that Brito has shaped the industry we work in more than perhaps any other person.... read more


Why 'disaster' is no exaggeration for France's wine industry - comment

5 May 2021 | Chris Losh

The French are known for their passion - occasionally to the point of over-enthusiasm. In his latest look at the wine category for Just Drinks, commentator Chris Losh finds that, on this occasion, that tendency to exaggerate is not misplaced for the country's wine producers.... read more


This week on just-drinks - Here's what we think

30 April 2021 | just-drinks.com editorial team

Here's a round-up of just-drinks' latest members-only content and a look at this week's headlines, along with our thoughts.... read more


Why COVID has prompted an RTD tsunami from spirits brand owners - comment

29 April 2021 | Richard Woodard

Everybody's at it! Indeed, if you're in spirits and you haven't got a premix on your roster, you likely soon will. This month, category commentator Richard Woodard considers the why's.... read more


As we start to see the light, how can brewers help the on-premise? - comment

27 April 2021 | Stephen Beaumont

just-drinks beer commentator has been talking to those on the front line. In his latest monthly column, Stephen Beaumont hears from a raft of on-premise operators on how they see brewers supporting them, post-lockdown.... read more


This week on just-drinks - Here's what we think

23 April 2021 | just-drinks.com editorial team

Here's a round-up of just-drinks' latest members-only content and a look at this week's headlines, along with our thoughts.... read more


This week on just-drinks - Here's what we think

16 April 2021 | just-drinks.com editorial team

Here's a round-up of just-drinks' latest members-only content and a look at this week's headlines, along with our thoughts.... read more


Why whisky/whiskey can no longer ignore the allure of flavours - comment

15 April 2021 | Amy Hopkins

By and large, Scotch, Irish and world whisky/whiskey brands have seen the flavoured spirits trend unfold from their respective watchtowers, while American and Canadian players have advanced the frontline. As more brands now wade into the sub-category, spirits commentator Amy Hopkins asks if today's whisky consumers are ready to more widely embrace flavour innovation.... read more


Are hard seltzers paving the way for 'soft seltzers'? - comment

7 April 2021 | Lucy Britner

From White Claw to Mike's, Drty to Bodega Bay, hard seltzers are big business. But, could the success of alcoholic sparkling water provide a fillip to the sparkling water category itself? Soft drinks commentator Lucy Britner investigates.... read more


How is the wine industry coping with Brexit? - comment

1 April 2021 | Chris Losh

After over four years of wrangling, Brexit's tires hit the tarmac on 1 January. The end of the 11-month transition period after the UK left the European Union on 31 January last year signalled the 'new normal' for trading relations between the two sides. So, how's it going? Wine category commentator Chris Losh has all the gory details.... read more


Why craft beer is exploring the value market - very carefully - comment

25 March 2021 | Stephen Beaumont

The craft beer category has been defined as much by its pricing strategy as its flavour profile. But, is the premium positioning being eroded? And, more importantly, are craft brewers complicit? Category commentator Stephen Beaumont considers the prospect of 'value craft'... read more


Is Plymouth Gin the unluckiest spirits brand ever? - comment

23 March 2021 | Richard Woodard

Our unaged spirits commentator is in gin again this month. Richard Woodard casts his eye over Plymouth gin, a brand with an enviable history - or an unfortunate one, depending on how you look at it.... read more


Why Treasury Wine Estates' woes don't equate to a Pernod Ricard purchase - comment

10 March 2021 | Olly Wehring

As subscribers to just-drinks, you don't pay the big bucks for Ctrl+C content. The temptation to do just that today, however, has been great. This week's speculation linking Pernod Ricard to a move for Treasury Wine Estates represents a walk down Memory Lane, with similar noises having been made as far back as 2014.... read more


Why new standards herald a new dawn for Japanese whisky - comment

9 March 2021 | Amy Hopkins

As distillers in Japan digest the introduction in 2024 of labelling standards for Japanese whisky, spirits category commentator Amy Hopkins looks at what radical industry-wide changes could be in store.... read more


Why energy and functional drinks should be wary of coffee's renewed attack on the caffeine occasion - comment

4 March 2021 | Lucy Britner

From coffee-flavoured energy drinks to plant-based milk and protein-spiked lattes, the RTD coffee category is lining up to give energy and functional drinks a run for their money. Soft drinks category commentator Lucy Britner investigates.... read more


Why the future for wine in cans has arrived - comment

2 March 2021 | Chris Losh

Not one to normally get excited, Chris Losh has surprised even himself with the level of enthusiasm he is (finally) mustering for a development in the wine industry. Credit must go, then, to his 'can-do' mentality.... read more


Why imported beer matters less now than ever - comment

25 February 2021 | Stephen Beaumont

Think imported: Think expensive. For years, the brewing industry has tapped into consumers' preparedness to pay more for a brew made in romantic-sounding locations overseas. Times are changing, as category commentator Stephen Beaumont notes, and brewers are now more comfortable bringing production of their imported brands in-market. Will consumers let them? Well, yes; So long as they're straight with them.... read more


Why Diageo is winning the slow-and-steady Tequila race - comment

23 February 2021 | Richard Woodard

Even for a spirits category that doesn't like to hurry, Diageo's success in Tequila has taken a while. Finally, the dividends of this slow and steady approach are being realised. Category commentator Richard Woodard has advice for those who have been quick to judge.... read more


Does Heineken need hard seltzer? - comment

12 February 2021 | Andy Morton

Speaking after his company's full-year results this week, Heineken CEO Dolf van den Brink made quite the revealing remark: "We maybe underestimated seltzer."... read more


Why Scotch whisky could take years to rebound in the US - comment

9 February 2021 | Amy Hopkins

A protracted trade dispute has blocked single malt Scotch whisky's access to the all-important US market at a time when the category desperately needs to demonstrate its relevance. As trends rapidly accelerate, this lack of visibility could damage Scotch for years to come, warns spirits commentator Amy Hopkins.... read more


Australia's wine struggles - First came COVID, then came China - comment

4 February 2021 | Chris Losh

International trade disputes are 'two-a-penny' at the moment and have become a fact of life for brand owners in most beverage categories. Australian wine brand owners, however, appear to have things tougher than most, as the country's authorities are in Beijing's sights. Category commentator Chris Losh surveys the wreckage of this particular perfect storm.... read more


Soft drinks looks outside for expert health & wellness help - comment

2 February 2021 | Lucy Britner

In the wake of PepsiCo's tie-up with meat alternatives company Beyond Meat last week, soft drinks commentator Lucy Britner looks at the category's underlying trends in health & wellness and assesses the benefits of tapping up the experts to create the next wave of functional fixes.... read more


What's coming up in unaged spirits in 2021? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment

28 January 2021 | Richard Woodard

This month, our category commentators are lining up to share with us their thoughts on how 2021 will shape their respective sectors. Here's our unaged spirits expert, Richard Woodard, with his take on the year ahead.... read more


What's coming up in beer in 2021? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment

26 January 2021 | Stephen Beaumont

As 2021 kicks off, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont offers his views on the key trends that are set to shape the category during the next 12 months.... read more


What's coming up in aged spirits in 2021? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment

14 January 2021 | Amy Hopkins

This month, our category commentators are lining up to share with us their thoughts on how 2021 will shape their respective sectors. Here's our aged spirits expert, Amy Hopkins, with her take on the year ahead.... read more


What's coming up in wine in 2021? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment

7 January 2021 | Chris Losh

This month, our category commentators are lining up to share with us their thoughts on how 2021 will shape their respective sectors. Here's our wine expert, Chris Losh, with his take on the year ahead.... read more


What's coming up in soft drinks in 2021? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment

5 January 2021 | Lucy Britner

As 2021 kicks off, soft drinks commentator Lucy Britner offers her views on the key trends that are set to shape the category during the next 12 months.... read more


Your Christmas will be calmer than Marie Brizard's - comment

23 December 2020 | Olly Wehring

There's something macabre about considering the future prospects of a drinks company on 23 December. The news from Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits today, however, is bleak in itself.... read more


Why Strava’s explosive lockdown growth presents digital opportunities for sports drinks - comment - FREE TO ACCESS

21 December 2020 | GlobalData

Digital fitness and exercise platform Strava has recently reported that it is receiving approximately 2m app registrations per month. The app's explosive popularity during lockdown periods reflects the notable consumer shift to self-managed digital fitness, as well as a promising opportunity for the suffering sports drinks market during the pandemic period.... read more


Tariffs risk reversing Australian wine's hard-won China wins - comment

27 November 2020 | Andy Morton

Earlier today, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) advanced an on-going anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine with the announcement that, from tomorrow, bottled imports from the country will face preliminary tariffs of as much as 217%. Comments from the Australian wine industry that this was a disappointing outcome were, to say the least, an understatement.... read more


How to tailor your spirits marketing to the consumer of today - and tomorrow - comment

26 November 2020 | Richard Woodard

Virtue signalling is a very easy hole to fall down when it comes to marketing spirits brands - particularly today with the hyper-connected consumer. However, category commentator Richard Woodard believes he has found an activation that skirts the hole and ticks all the 21st Century spirits brand boxes.... read more


Remy Cointreau finds balance after China over-reliance - comment

26 November 2020 | Olly Wehring

In a year like this, good news in the spirits category has been thin on the ground. While the first three months of 2020 were... okay, the second quarter - to the end of June - saw the sky fall in for all the brand owners out there. Much as the third quarter was better than the second, spirits sales across the board were still not where companies wanted them to be. Maybe we should all write off this year, then, and steer our optimism to 2021.... read more


How hops could become part of beer's marketing lexicon - comment

25 November 2020 | Stephen Beaumont

In days gone by, the role of hops in brewing was only of interest to the true beer aficionado. Times have changed and, with the advent of the craft brewing boom, consumers know more about hops than brand owners give them credit for. Category commentator Stephen Beaumont believes this awareness offers a marketing opportunity for beer brands big and small.... read more


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