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Why taking the hit in Asia is worth it for soft drinks - Comment

24 November 2016 | Richard Corbett

Long considered a colourful place to do business, Asia has grown increasingly important for soft drinks companies who are chasing growth. Richard Corbett takes a look at the region and finds that the perceived risk is most certainly worth taking.... read more


How are mid-sized brewers coping with the consolidation squeeze? - Comment

23 November 2016 | Stephen Beaumont

As consolidation at each end of the beer spectrum dominates the headlines, Stephen Beaumont looks at the squeeze on those in the middle. How is life for those too big to play small and too small to play big?... read more


Are soft drinks staring into an Indian abyss? - Comment

16 November 2016 | Ray Rowlands

This month, Ray Rowlands focuses his attention on the recent announcement that carbonated soft drinks are to be classified as luxury items in India, and considers the disastrous effect the move could have on the country’s soda market.... read more


Where have all wine's young guns gone? - Comment

10 November 2016 | Chris Losh

As the drinks world is lit up by new spins on established sectors, Chris Losh considers whether the wine category risks getting left behind by the International Bright Young Things.... read more


Anheuser-Busch InBev's battle to save craft beer from the tyranny of choice - Comment

2 November 2016 | Andy Morton

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.... read more


Coffee and doughnuts – Will The Coca-Cola Co’s Dunkin’ Donuts move pay off? - Comment

25 October 2016 | Ray Rowlands

This month, soft drinks commentator Ray Rowlands focuses on the recently-announced marriage between The Coca-Cola Co and coffee house chain Dunkin' Donuts, and contemplates where the tie-up might eventually lead.... read more


Why stevia can still win in soft drinks - Comment

21 October 2016 | Richard Corbett

Consumer trends, along with government pressure and drinks companies' calorie pledges, mean the future for stevia is bright, regardless of its chequered past. Richard Corbett explains.... read more


A Keeper of the Quaich writes - Editor's Viewpoint

18 October 2016 | Olly Wehring

As I write, I am heading back to London from Scotland with a whole new set of unforgettable memories from an evening spent in Scotch. ... read more


The end is nigh for Global Travel Retail - Comment

18 October 2016 | Andy Morton

After spending a week in Cannes earlier this month at TFWA’s annual Travel Retail exhibition, I have come to the conclusion that those predicting a healthy future for GTR have - if you’ll excuse the obvious idiom - their heads in the clouds.... read more


The trends set to drive beer's future - Comment

13 October 2016 | Stephen Beaumont

The Great American Beer Festival returned, earlier this month. just-drinks' beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont travelled to Denver to report from the three-day event and gauge the health of the beer category in the US.... read more


Why wine has become a slave to water - Comment

11 October 2016 | Chris Losh

The importance of water in the production of wine has grown in recent years, to such an extent that many wine companies are struggling. Chris Losh considers where irrigation has become a problem issue.... read more


How to win in gin - Comment

6 October 2016 | Richard Woodard

As one of the drinks industry's more unpredictable booms continues, have we reached 'peak gin'? Not yet, suggests Richard Woodard, but new market entrants will have to be smart – or have deep pockets – if they're to cash in.... read more


So long, SAB - Anheuser-Busch InBev and the death of SABMiller - Editor's Viewpoint

6 October 2016 | Olly Wehring

I'll spare you the 'Fat Lady' analogies but, if you do hear some singing this week, it's likely to be Anheuser-Busch InBev staff in a good, post-deal-closure mood.... read more


What have we learned from Scotch whisky's performance in 2016? - Comment

4 October 2016 | Ian Buxton

This month, spirits commentator Ian Buxton ponders the conclusions bandied about following the publication of Scotch whisky export numbers for the first six months of 2016.... read more


Coke Life - Coca-Cola's niche soda that tried to be so much more - Comment

30 September 2016 | Andy Morton

It was to be a key weapon in The Coca-Cola Co's fight against declining soda sales. But since its launch in Argentina in 2013 Coke Life has carried the whiff of underachievement as consumers struggled to connect with its lower-sugar (but not no-sugar) positioning.... read more


From crass to craft - The aluminium can's role in the future of beer - Comment

27 September 2016 | Lucy Britner

In the beer category, the aluminium can was until recently considered the bastion of the big brand. Here in the UK, this continues to be the case: There are still stacks of them flanking supermarket entrances in all their 20x44cl pack glory.... read more


Why are sports drinks failing to ride the Olympic wave? - Comment

22 September 2016 | Richard Corbett

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at the sports drinks category and considers its continued reliance on one market at a time when its global future should look considerably more upbeat.... read more


It isn't just men who like beer - Comment

20 September 2016 | Stephen Beaumont

Back in the 1990s, a demographic peculiarity began to make itself apparent at beer festivals in the US and Canada. Rather than attracting what most would have considered the predictable scores of male beer drinkers, these festivals, heavily populated by what we then called 'microbreweries', began to be increasingly patronised by females.... read more


How soft drinks can exploit alcohol's loss - Comment

15 September 2016 | Ray Rowlands

This month, Ray Rowlands explores the world of adult soft drinks and highlights the growing threat they pose to the alcoholic drinks industry.... read more


Brexit - What is certain is that nothing is certain - Editor's Viewpoint

14 September 2016 | Olly Wehring

Attending the UK Wine & Spirits Trade Association’s annual conference in London yesterday, I was particularly struck by one thought: Stripping out every use of the words "if", "could", "might", probably" and "likely" would have made the whole event a darn sight shorter. The main topic of the day? Of course: Brexit.... read more


Why China is as much about wine production as wine consumption - Comment

8 September 2016 | Chris Losh

Looking through the mist, Chris Losh can see China's wine production efforts becoming of greater importance to the wine world than the country's potential to consume the stuff.... read more


Why has Accolade Wines lost another CEO? - Editor's Viewpoint

1 September 2016 | Olly Wehring

When it comes to HR announcements, the departure of a chief executive always gets the juices flowing. Why are they going? Where are they going? Who is replacing them? When the announcement isn’t even an announcement, however, then you’ll forgive us for being a mite suspicious. The confirmation by Accolade Wines on Tuesday of an internal memo detailing Paul Schaafsma’s plans to stand down within the next ten months is just such a curious turn. Why is he going? Where is he going? Who is replacing him? Far more pertinently, though: Why didn’t you tell us?... read more


Job cuts may not be the whole story at work-intense Anheuser-Busch InBev - Comment

26 August 2016 | Andy Morton

Is Carlos Brito's job in danger?... read more


The decline of the flagship beer brand - Comment

25 August 2016 | Stephen Beaumont

It's seven o'clock in the morning, and the gathering crowd already boasts a few dozen hardy souls. By the time sales actually commence in a few hours, there will be many times that number standing patiently in a line that will snake from the door down the block and likely around the corner. Welcome to the world of one-off beers.... read more


Craft spirits shake-out will be just the beginning - Comment

23 August 2016 | Ian Buxton

As just-drinks white spirits commentator, Richard Woodard, noted earlier this month, we are experiencing a latter-day Gin Craze. But, here in the 21st Century, this is no Hogarthian excess: This boom in small batch spirits is a further manifestation of the global development of craft distilling. Far from slowing down, the craft distilling movement appears to be gathering pace and attracting ever greater interest from consumers and industry giants.... read more


How Treasury Wine Estates is rewriting the rule book - Editor's Viewpoint

22 August 2016 | Olly Wehring

For years, they said it couldn't be done. In wine, the theory goes, if you're playing a volume game then you can't all of a sudden make the switch to a value-focussed strategy. And, for a long time, they were right: Talk in recent years of getting consumers to trade up their wine choices has fallen on deaf ears. Within the space of just two years, however, Treasury Wine Estates has proved the theory wrong.... read more


Has Diet Coke passed its sell-by date? - Comment

16 August 2016 | Richard Corbett

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at Coca-Cola's most successful brand extension and ponders its relevance in today's soft drinks arena.... read more


How to verify a gin boom - Comment

11 August 2016 | Richard Woodard

There is a definite scent of juniper in the air. But how long will it last? Richard Woodard takes a closer look at the rise and rise of gin. ... read more


What does the future hold for bottled water? - Comment

9 August 2016 | Ray Rowlands

Bottled water looks set to overtake soda as the number one soft drink choice in the US. Here, Ray Rowlands examines how the global bottled water market has developed and how it will continue to evolve.... read more


How the Internet of Things is shaking up the cocktail market – Consumer Trends

4 August 2016 | Ben Cooper

Rapid and constant connection to the Internet has already transformed how consumers interact with the market, but the digital revolution is by its very nature a continuing phenomenon. In this month’s Consumer Trends, Ben Cooper investigates the link between a recent multi-billion-pound tech deal and the Moscow Mule.... read more


Time to take stock of Constellation Brands' Corona - Comment

27 July 2016 | Andy Morton

Constellation Brands is a firm favourite on Wall Street at the moment. The company's share price hasn't stopped rising since it took control of the Grupo Modelo brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev. Indeed, US$100 worth of stock bought in June 2012, when the deal was announced, is now worth just over $850.... read more


Can craft breweries compete in lager arena? - Comment

21 July 2016 | Stephen Beaumont

Regardless of what country you choose or in which time period it is framed, three words can be used to characterise most early craft beer development: small, undercapitalised and ale. As much as the first two are fairly obvious – we didn't call it 'microbrewing' for nothing, and pretty much all small-scale start-ups are underfunded – the third, ale, is somewhat less self-evident. It is nevertheless directly related to its predecessors.... read more


Coca-Cola Beverages Africa - A new powerhouse is created - Comment

19 July 2016 | Ray Rowlands

This month, Ray Rowlands looks at how The Coca-Cola Co, SABMiller, and Gutsche Family Investments have teamed up to create Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, and considers some of its implications for the region.... read more


Do you buy the Wild Geese, Pernod Ricard conspiracy theory? - Editor's Viewpoint

19 July 2016 | Olly Wehring

In our coverage of the legal ruling in favour of Irish whiskey brand The Wild Geese in Australia yesterday, I sensed a conspiracy theory of pretty impressive proportions. Could the dominant player in the Irish whiskey sector really have been looking to ride roughshod over one of its much smaller competitors?... read more


Why is rum still stuck on the runway? - Comment

14 July 2016 | Richard Woodard

For years, rum was lined up to be the spirits industry's next big thing. And yet, for all the shining promise of the category's mix of heritage, mixability and positive lifestyle cues, that potential has never quite been fully exploited, particularly in the vital US market. Richard Woodard reports.... read more


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