Blog: The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

James Wilmore | 16 June 2014

On just-drinks last week: 

Global gin watchers have plenty to get their teeth into as we launched the latest of our joint reports with the IWSR. Our commentator Richard Woodard also questioned what success looks like for a gin brand. My colleague Andy Morton ran the rule over how independence for his native Scotland, if voted for, would affect the Scotch whisky industry. And Remy Cointreau made an interesting choice for its new CEO.

In beer, the week was all about ingredients. Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors felt the force of people power after a 50,000-strong petition persuaded them to publish details of what goes into their brews. And Andy Morton investigated how brewers might take advantage of marijuana’s increasing decriminalisation in the US

In wine, Brazilian producers have seen a surge in exports helped by the country’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup. In New Zealand meanwhile, winegrowers have a spring in their step as this year’s harvest was significantly up

In soft drinks, Coca-Cola made lots of noise about the UK launch of its first cola to use stevia. Elsewhere our commentator Ray Rowlands looked at the history of Sunny Delight and going forward, its bid to crack the energy drinks market



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Anheuser-Busch InBev embroiled in Caribbean "poison pill" takeover row

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Baileys and the "bellwether of naffness"

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Agricultural roots give wine sustainability headstart - Sustainability in Wine, Part I

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

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...


Is the wine industry collaborating enough? - Sustainability in Wine, Part II

The fact that the three newest members of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) are all wine companies suggests that, in spite of unique factors that set the wine category apart from b...


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

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 Trave...

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