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That the world’s biggest spirit company, Diageo, has hungrily added a new non-alcoholic spirit to its portfolio amid the current coronavirus chaos is encouraging. It’s yet another show of faith in the category.

Rheinland Distillers is an interesting prospect for Diageo – and the wider market – because it is the first brand in its Distill Ventures portfolio to create both alcoholic and non-alcoholic spirits. This is certainly rarely seen in the UK drinks industry.

It begs the question: is this a model more spirits suppliers could take up as demand for non-alcoholic spirits grows? For brewers, creating 0% or 0.5% versions of their brands is a well-trodden path. Could we end up seeing the likes of ‘Smirnoff Zero’ or Jack Daniels AF grace supermarket shelves? Is there a legitimate consumer demand for this?

Crucially, should the likes of Seedlip and the first wave of non-alcoholic spirits pioneers be worried?

So what’s in this newsletter?

First, The Grocer picks apart Diageo’s latest acquisition. Then Beverage Daily looks at how Carlsberg is betting big on low & no for the post-Covid world

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Diageo expands non-alcoholic portfolio with Rheinland Distillers investment

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Carlsberg: ‘We believe alcohol-free brews will see further acceleration following COVID-19’


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