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SoCo sale sets Brown-Forman on US whiskey course

Many saw it coming almost four months ago, but yesterday's announcement of Brown-Forman's decision to divest Southern Comfort is part of a s...

Asia bids target bigger prize than Grolsch, Peroni

The race to land SABMiller's European beer brands went global this week with reports that some of Asia's leading brewers are circling....

Is AB InBev suffering from craft confusion?

A relatively small transaction in the beer industry today has left me confused. Why would Anheuser-Busch InBev snap up a London-based craft...

Spirits in 2015 - just-drinks Review of the Year

With 2015 drawing to a close, just-drinks looks back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry. Here, de...

Latest Interviews

Where next for Diageo's Distill Ventures? 26 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

Distill Ventures launched two years ago with a remit to fund new spirits start-ups. Since then, the Diageo-backed incubator has seen funding increase, as well as the first of its projects hit retail shelves. By the end of this year it expects to have committed GBP20m in total investments. just-drinks spoke to one of Distill Ventures' founders, Frank Lampen, at Bar Convent Berlin, about how Diageo paves the way to acquiring start-ups, and why exceptional liquid is only ever a beginning.


What's behind Brown-Forman's Irish whiskey plans? 30 Sep 2015

Lucy Britner

The owner of the largest US whiskey brand in the world has bought into Ireland to create a new whiskey brand. Can Brown-Forman make Slane Whiskey as successful as Jack Daniel's? What was the thinking behind the move? just-drinks spoke to Brown-Forman executive VP & chief brands and strategy officer Lawson Whiting at the company's ground-breaking ceremony to find out.

Latest News

Diageo completes wine category exit in US 8 Feb 16

Lucy Britner

Foley Family Wines has purchased Diageo's Chalone Estate vineyards and Gavilan brands in California, marking Diageo's exit from wine in the US.


Diageo nears wine exit with Acacia sale to Peju 5 Feb 16

Olly Wehring

Diageo has confirmed the sale of the Acacia winery and vineyard in California, having already sold off the Acacia brand.


Suntory bids for Lucozade, Ribena Nigerian network 2 Feb 16

Andy Morton

Suntory's beverage unit is trying to complete its global takeover of Lucozade and Ribena with a swoop for the brands' leftover bottling and distribution rights in Nigeria.


Cognac producer buys Robin Williams' Napa vineyard 2 Feb 16

Lucy Britner

The owners of Tesseron Cognac have purchased the late actor Robin Williams' Napa estate. 


Casella Family Brands buys Limestone Coast winery 1 Feb 16

Lucy Britner

Yellow Tail owner Casella Family Brands has acquired Howcroft Estate Vineyards, according to local reports. 


Coca-Cola to invest in Nigerian dairy group Chi 1 Feb 16

Dean Best

The Coca-Cola Co is to buy a minority stake in Nigerian dairy and soft drinks business Chi.

Latest blogs

Ex-Kraft CFO - Is Boston Beer Co readying a sale? 11 Jan 16

Olly Wehring

This may have slipped under the wire at the end of last year, but could a pre-Christmas HR announcement signal Boston Beer Co's preparedness for a sale?


All AB InBev wants for Christmas is more craft beer buys 23 Dec 15

Andy Morton

As Anheuser-Busch InBev picks up yet another craft brewer ahead of the festive season, you have to wonder about its seemingly scattergun acquisitions strategy. Did the management team get one of those “Beers of the World” boxes at the office Christmas party?

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