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How post-COVID China will reshape the world

A new report from McKinsey has outlined what China's continuing recovery from the pandemic will look like and the effect it will have on the...

The Coca-Cola Co in 2020 - results preview

On Wednesday, The Coca-Cola Co will announce its results for the final three months and the full 12 months of 2020. In July, the group poste...

PepsiCo reading the room - analysis

In light of the recent political unrest in the US - culminating in last month's storming of Capitol Hill - PepsiCo has shifted its corporate...

Soft drinks looks outside for health & wellness

In the wake of PepsiCo's tie-up with meat alternatives company Beyond Meat last week, soft drinks commentator Lucy Britner looks at the cate...

Latest Interviews

"Was Coca-Cola the right company to buy Zico? In hindsight, probably not" - just-drinks speaks to Zico founder Mark Rampolla 19 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

Mark Rampolla founded Zico Coconut Water in 2004, building the brand into a major force in soft drinks and introducing a generation of consumers to low-sugar, functional waters. The strength of the brand was underlined in 2013 when The Coca-Cola Co bought Zico for an undisclosed fee. Last year, in a sharp reversal of fortunes for the brand, Coca-Cola announced Zico was one of about 200 brands earmarked to be discontinued as the group implemented a major cost-cutting programme. Last week, in yet another twist for Zico, Rampolla's investment company, Powerplant Ventures. acquired the coconut water from Coca-Cola, returning Rampolla to the brand he created. Yesterday, just-drinks spoke to him about his journey back to Zico, what changes he has seen in the beverage industry while away and why Coca-Cola is not the best company to build emerging categories.


"The longer something goes on, the more permanent it becomes" - just-drinks speaks to William Grant senior category director Ian Baines about post-COVID trends 15 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

Earlier this week, William Grant & Sons launched its latest annual report on global alcohol trends. Today, just-drinks spoke to the company's senior category manager, Ian Baines, to dig deeper into what the post-coronavirus world will look like.

Latest News

Drinktec 2021 becomes Drinktec 2022 24 Feb 21

Olly Wehring

Beverage industry mega-show Drinktec is having to break its four-yearly cycle for the first time, postponing this year's exhibition to 2022.


Monster Beverage Corp sponsors Big3 basketball league 24 Feb 21

Andy Morton

Monster Beverage Corp has become the first energy drinks sponsor of the Big3 league, a shortened version of basketball created by former NWA rapper Ice Cube.


The Coca-Cola Co dives into mood-aid category with Smartwater+ launch 24 Feb 21

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has launched a new Smartwater range in the US containing ingredients that claim to either boost mental focus or bring "emotional calmness".


Suntory Holdings adds paper straw to UK Ribena cartons 24 Feb 21

Andy Morton

Suntory Holding's UK soft drinks unit is to expand a paper straw trial for Ribena to all cartons of the still juice brand in the country.


Radnor Hills' Radnor Vits - Product Launch 24 Feb 21

Rhodri Morgan

UK firm Radnor Hills has launched a flavoured packaged water designed to tackle vitamin-and-mineral deficiencies caused by the coronavirus lockdown.


Drinks industry group seeks oversight role for Scottish deposit return scheme 22 Feb 21

Andy Morton

A group of beverage brand owners and trade associations are bidding to become the administrator for Scotland's upcoming deposit return scheme (DRS).



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