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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

Craft Brew Alliance will spend US$10m on the brewery expansionWidmer Brothers in US$10m brewery expansion 15 April 2015

Craft brewer Widmer Brothers is planning the US$10m expansion of its brewery in Portland, Oregon, following a leap in demand for its beers.

Remy Cointreau released its full-year trading update todayRémy Cointreau eyes recovery after Q4 bounceback 15 April 2015

Rémy Cointreau saw full-year sales decline by more than 6% in its most recent fiscal year, but the Rémy Martin Cognac brand bounced back, thanks to a late recovery in China.

Pernod Ricard signs up actress Diane Kruger for Martell anniversary 15 April 2015

Pernod Ricard has secured the services of film actor Diane Kruger as Martell Cognac’s ambassador for the brand’s 300th anniversary celebrations this year.

Stock Spirits recruits Drambuie head for MD role 15 April 2015

Stock Spirits Group has appointed former Drambuie CEO Michael Kennedy as the company’s new managing director for international and Italy.

Diageo clearly has high hopes for the spirits market in MexicoComment - Spirits - Don Julio: Diageo's Mexican Trojan Horse 12 March 2015

Last week, Diageo announced plans to invest US$400m on its operations in Mexico. While the headlines centred on the company's Don Julio Tequila operations, the country itself is ripe for growth. Richard Woodard investigates.

Comment - Spirits - The Branded Bar Call and the Competition It Brings 17 February 2015

In spirits, the Holy Grail has long been for the brand to become the bar call. History shows, however, that achieving such a feat is not the end of the story and, as Richard Woodard suggests, brings into play a brand new challenge.

How will Lucas Bols fare with its IPO? Comment - Spirits - Will IPO Bring Much-Needed Stability to Lucas Bols? 22 January 2015

Dutch spirits firm Lucas Bols has endured an occasionally turbulent time in its 450-year history. Will an effort to list on the Euronext Amsterdam through an IPO bolster the company? Here, our spirits columnist Richard Woodard examines the group's history for answers.

While Remy Martin dominates the portfolio, Remy Cointreau has a raft of other spirits brandsThe just-drinks Interview - Panos Sarantopoulos, CEO of Remy Cointreau's liqueurs & spirits unit 3 December 2014

Earlier this year, Panos Sarantopoulos was promoted by Remy Cointreau to head up its liqueurs & spirits division. Late last month, Richard Woodard travelled to France to meet him.

Product Launch - Moët Hennessy’s Glenmorangie Dornoch 12 November 2014

Moët Hennessy is launching the first in a planned three-strong Travel Retail exclusive range for its Scotch whisky brand Glenmorangie this month, with two more bottlings to be launched over the next year.

Diageo is exiting the Irish whiskey category with the sale of Bushmills Comment - Spirits - Diageo Making the Best of a Bad Job with Bushmills, Don Julio deal? 11 November 2014

Diageo has surprised some with its move to sell its Irish whiskey brand Bushmills in return for control of Don Julio Tequila. Here our columnist, Richard Woodard, analyses the thinking behind the deal

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