August 8th, 2015
This monthly summary highlights the most interesting product launches in July, with a focus on the direction the alcoholic drinks industry is taking in terms of innovative developments. Wine: Blue Sky Thinking In A Bottle? Relative stability breeds complacency and inertia. Still light grape wine, notoriously conservative to begin with, has enjoyed a largely jubilant […]
July 18th, 2015
Big alcohol looks in the mirror and decides it’s time for a makeover. But is it merely a matter of appearances or a question of substance? In the same month that Carlsberg stunned the industry with the launch of its own, eponymous – beer based- series of beauty products, Diageo released a range of moustache […]
May 23rd, 2015
This monthly summary highlights the most interesting product launches in April, with a focus on the direction the alcoholic drinks industry is taking in terms of innovative developments.
May 6th, 2015
Global total volume growth in alcoholic drinks remains subdued for a second year running and- at merely 0.8% for 2014- is set to be amongst the 3 lowest over the past decade. Beyond the usual Western European patient that ended the year flat lining, the Chinese slowdown – at just 1.2%, this is now the […]
May 5th, 2015
In 2014, total volume growth remained subdued for a second consecutive year at 0.8 percent reaching 252 billion litres, but our newly released research indicates that the industry will grow to 276 billion litres by 2019. This year, North America shifted back into focus with total volume growth at 1 percent, up from a meagre […]
April 21st, 2015
The rising spectre of neo-prohibitionary rhetoric and legislation is claiming a fresh casualty: Indonesia. Following the introduction of restrictive policies in a widening number of markets ranging from Turkey to Russia and from advertising restrictions to distribution barriers, the paradisiacal archipelago is joining the ranks of emerging markets falling from -the alcoholic drinks industry’s- grace. […]
April 19th, 2015
Oscar Wilde had once famously, and most provocatively, quipped: “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” And therein lies its beauty too, one might add. Intriguingly, this is also increasingly the case with alcoholic drinks. While trend cycles tend to last longer than 6 months […]
March 26th, 2015
3 out of the 4 leading RTD brands in Russia (Jaguar, Tenstrike and Chernyj Russkij) are either self-proclaimed ‘alco-energy’ drinks or they heavily feature such variants. Additionally, Moscow accounted for 43 out of the 208 million litres of RTDs sold in the country in 2013.
March 11th, 2015
Peak Craft? This most irreverent of segments is switching its bohemian attire for a smart casual look as the corporate suits attempt to dress down for the occasion. And it’s getting crowded in there. As the explosive adolescent years are now behind and the craft proposition is coming of age, its inevitable convergence with big […]
March 10th, 2015
This article previews five key trends in spirits for 2015 including niche allure, white spirits, whiskey positioning, Cuban rum, and flavour experimentation.