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Richard Woodard

Richard WoodardBiography

A trained newspaper journalist, Richard Woodard was editor of the drinks trade magazine Wine & Spirit International from 2000 to 2005, responsible for writing, commissioning and producing a broad range of business-related content relevant to the international drinks industry.

He now works freelance and is a regular contributor to just-drinks.com, Decanter, The Spirits Business, The Drinks Business and Imbibe, among others.

Columns by Richard Woodard

Comment - Spirits - A Word with WoodardComment - Spirits - A Word with Woodard

Resident columnist and spirits know-it-all Richard Woodard provides his monthly take on the latest in the global white spirits industry.

Articles by Richard Woodard

Allow the joint just-drinks/IWSR report on liqueurs to answer any questions you may haveComment - Spirits - What on Earth is a Liqueur? 23 June 2015

When you look at the way the various spirits categories are defined, you'd be forgiven for concluding that the liqueurs segment comprises 'everything else'. Evenso, argues Richard Woodard, the sector is still worth operating in, thanks in part to consumers' perceptions of liqueurs.

TequilaComment – Spirits – Will Tequila Learn from Scotch Whisky's Mistakes? 19 May 2015

Despite the market split, the Tequila category is on the cusp of its own boomtime. But, the positioning of the mixto sector compared to 100% agave carries echoes of Scotch whisky past-tendency to hype single malts to the expense of blends. And now, Scotch volumes are suffering. Will Tequila make the same mistake? Richard Woodard investigates.

Belvedere released its results for 2014 and Q1 2015 late yesterdayFocus - Belvedere’s Q1 Performance by Region 13 May 2015

Earlier today (13 May), French wine and spirits group Belvédère announced that its first-quarter sales were up 4.4% on a comparable basis. Here, we take a look at the figures for the first three months of 2015 by region:

Belvedere described 2014 as a "total overhaul" of its operationsBelvedere slides to FY loss after “total overhaul” 13 May 2015

Restructuring costs incurred in a “complete overhaul” of the business sent French wine and spirits group Belvédère to a EUR18.1m (US$20.3m) loss in 2014.

The future looks bright for brewers, according to RabobankEmerging market beer growth set to continue - research 13 May 2015

Demand for beer in emerging countries will continue to grow, accompanied by increased trading up in mature markets, according to recent research from Rabobank.

Gruppo Campari has had a good start to the yearFocus - Gruppo Campari’s Q1 Performance by Region, Brand 12 May 2015

Earlier today (12 May), Gruppo Campari announced its first quarter results, including a 73% hike in pre-tax profits and a 13% sales increase. Here, we take a look at the figures for the quarter by region and brand:

Carlsberg saw sales rise in its first quarterFocus – Carlsberg’s Q1 Results by Region 12 May 2015

Earlier today, Carlsberg reported its first quarter results, with losses up 34% and revenue rising 4.5%. Here, we look at the company’s performance during the three-month period by region.

Losses worsened for Craft Brew Alliance in its first quarterCraft Brew Alliance Q1 losses widen on tighter margins 7 May 2015

Craft Brew Alliance recorded a wider net loss in the first quarter, impacted by tighter margins in its restaurant business and falling sales.

Henkell & Co is privately-owned, hence no profit figures were releasedHenkell & Co FY sales boosted by wine surge 7 May 2015

Full-year sales for German drinks group Henkell & Co topped EUR700m (US$788.8m), rising by 1.6% on 2013 thanks to a surge in the sales of still wines.

Kopparberg unveils GBP5m UK summer push 7 May 2015

Swedish fruit cider brand Kopparberg is launching its biggest summer marketing campaign in the UK, with a total spend of GBP5m (US$7.6m).

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