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Make way craft, here come the indie brewers 2 Feb 2016

Andy Morton

Could it happen? According to this report, a section of the beer community wants to ditch the word craft. They prefer instead the term “Indie” for brewers they believe follow the enlightened path of the artisanal producer. In other words, they are sick of the big boys moving into what they consider their hallowed turf.


Kent's dire warning puts Coca-Cola woes in the shade 25 Jan 2016

Andy Morton

The global elite were in Switzerland last week for the World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual corporate huddle for the rich and powerful. The CEO of The Coca-Cola Co, Muhtar Kent, was there too, despite his company arguably being slightly less rich and powerful this year after some bruising quarters in the marketplace. 


PepsiCo wakes up and smells the latte 20 Jan 2016

Andy Morton

With The Coca-Cola Co stealing yesterday's limelight with its new united marketing strategy for brand Coke yesterday, a Forbes interview with PepsiCo North America Beverages' new CMO, Seth Kaufman, slipped under the radar.


Coke Life threatens Coca-Cola's united front 19 Jan 2016

Andy Morton

It is a bold attempt to regain a measure of control in the ever-spiraling debate about sugar. But will The Coca-Cola Co's new marketing strategy - which for the first time ties all of the Coke family of brands together - have the desired effect?


Where have all the good men gone? - Heineken's latest ad 15 Jan 2016

Lucy Britner

Women don't get drunk - and certainly not on Heineken.


Ex-Kraft CFO - Is Boston Beer Co readying a sale? 11 Jan 2016

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 2015

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?


Prohibition hangover lingers despite Ontario's shift 18 Dec 2015

Andy Morton

This week, consumers in Ontario were able to go into a supermarket and buy beer.


Reynier takes on Irish whiskey with credit in the bank 9 Dec 2015

Andy Morton

Does this picture, taken today, show a turning point in the history of Irish whiskey?


Are you fodmap-compliant? The latest health fad uncovered 23 Nov 2015

Andy Morton

Forget gluten-free. Fodmaps are the latest food trend, and if you work in the soft drinks industry it is important to know where you stand with them.


Baileys and the "bellwether of naffness" 18 Nov 2015

Andy Morton

Companies are very protective of their brand image. So it is refreshing to hear Diageo's Garbhan O’Bric, the global brand director for Baileys, speak the unvarnished truth when talking about the liqueur's recent past.


From pixels to pilsner - how video games are moving into alcohol 26 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

Alcohol companies love a good movie tie-in. A brush with Hollywood glamour seems to give marketers the warm and fuzzies, judging by the number of deals done over the past few years. The new James Bond movie, for example, has both Heineken and Moët Hennessy's Belvedere vodka on board.


Tax Free World Association - Day three: Beam Suntory's big boat and Patron's virtual home 22 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Cannes this week at the Tax Free World Association show. Here's the second part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.


Tax Free World Association - Day one: Cruise ships and Rudy Giuliani 21 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Cannes this week the Tax Free World Exhibition. Here's the first part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.


Tax Free World Association - Day two: Diageo defends Haig Club as Pernod Ricard backs Jameson 21 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Cannes this week the Tax Free World Association show. Here's the second part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.


Beer-hemoth? Eight ideas for a Anheuser-Busch InBev/SABMiller name 14 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

With the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller deal nicely on its way, the real business can begin in earnest - thinking up a new company name.


Bar Convent Berlin - Day two: Startups and fishy gin 7 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Berlin this week for Bar Convent Berlin. Here's the second and final part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of Europe's most important dates in the alcohol industry's calendar.


Bar Convent Berlin - Day one: A bigger beginning 6 Oct 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in Berlin this week for Bar Convent Berlin. Here's the first part of Andy Morton's daily blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of Europe's most important dates in the alcohol industry's calendar.


Well played, Lucozade 5 Oct 2015

Lucy Britner

Responding to criticism on social media is tough. You've got to engage the consumer without starting an argument and - ideally - get them on side.


The Keurig Kold - what's under the hood? 29 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Want to know how The Coca-Cola Co-backed Keurig Kold - released in the US yesterday - works?


AB InBev's Brito might not recognise a hop, but he knows a good deal 29 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

While analysts mull the numbers of Anheuser-Busch InBev's impending offer for SABMiller, there's a timely reminder in The Times newspaper this week that the proposed deal may yet fall victim to other vagaries.


And, then he goes and spoils it all by saying something stupid like “I'm thinking of buying SABMiller” 28 Sep 2015

Olly Wehring

Part of my lot on just-drinks is to nail down senior executives within our industry – the more senior the better. I've enjoyed interviewing many of the CEOs within our ranks, but one that I have never been able to get to is Anheuser-Busch InBev's Carlos Brito.


A good book and a glass of wine - Keeping marketing simple 24 Sep 2015

Lucy Britner

Sometimes, it's the simple things in life that are the most satisfying. Like a good book and a decent glass of wine...


Cape Wine - Day Three - Is Swartland a victim of its own success? 17 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

The stand for Swartland Independent Producers sits in the far back corner of the Cape Wine exhibition hall, but its influence can be felt across the show floor.


Cape Wine - Day Two - The politics of wine 15 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Today is the opening day at Cape Wine 2015 and that means the morning was taken up by welcome speeches.


just-drinks site outage - 14 September 15 Sep 2015

Olly Wehring

The technical gremlins got to us yesterday, when a local internet fault brought down the just-drinks site for part of the day.


Cape Wine - Day One - Cape of Good Hope 14 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

just-drinks is in South Africa for the Cape Wine exhibition this week, courtesy of Wines of South Africa (WOSA).


What does space whisky taste like? 11 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

There are six classic regions for Scotch whisky- Highland, Lowland, Islay, Speyside, West Highlands and Islands. We might need to add outer space to that list.


Scotch. In. Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace. 10 Sep 2015

Olly Wehring

You may have seen the release this week by Moet Hennessy of a white paper looking at the results of a vial of Ardbeg's two-and-a-half years aboard the International Space Station.


TV and the drinks trade - what do they have in common? 8 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

It's not often you hear the phrase “fantasy-world-inspired” in the drinks trade.


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