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Editor's Viewpoint – Ballantine's and the Whisky Emoji 5 Aug 2014

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Late last week, Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers division launched an online campaign with its Ballantine's Scotch whisky brand to create a whisky emoji.


Editor's Viewpoint - No Starting of Engines for Treasury Wine Estates 4 Aug 2014

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With Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co returning to Melbourne with an improved offer for Treasury Wine Estates, and the Australian wine company not slamming the door this time, the future for Treasury looks pretty sealed down.


Editor's Viewpoint - Trylinski Calls Time at Belvedere 1 Aug 2014

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The news this week that Krzysztof Trylinski is stepping down at Belvedere brings the curtain down on a professional chapter that has been nothing if not colourful.


Editor's Viewpoint - Change Your Name Before It's Too Late 11 Jul 2014

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Changing a company's name – or a brand's name, for that matter – is a dangerous game. But, in this Search Engine Optimisation age, sometimes the need to change is so great that the risk has to be taken.


Editor's Viewpoint - India: Everyone's Favourite Spirits Market 2 Jul 2014

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Finally, after almost 20 months, Diageo has got what it initially wanted in India. The company today (2 July) confirmed it now holds the majority of shares in United Spirits. This achievement, however, has cost way more than Diageo initially expected; to the tune of around US$1bn.


Editor's Viewpoint - SABMiller and Diageo: A Tie-Up Too Far 1 Jul 2014

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If this year's Silly Season needs a start date, I'd say it is 27 June. The annual silent period that sees newspapers scrabbling around with space to fill began at the end of last week.


Editor's Viewpoint - Diageo: It's all in the timing 26 Jun 2014

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I'll admit to being a little perplexed following the latest announcement by Diageo: Not so much by the announcement itself, but more by its timing.


Editor's Viewpoint - Spirits: (Don't) Mind the Gap 5 Jun 2014

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Whenever you give a business journalist the opportunity to ask a senior drinks executive – particularly one who works in spirits – a question, you can be pretty certain this will be that question:


Editor's Viewpoint – Jameson: Fishing Where the Fish Are 4 Jun 2014

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At Pernod Ricard's Capital Markets Day, held at the Jameson distillery in Midleton, Ireland, today (4 June), it was all about Jameson.


Editor's Viewpoint - Pernod Ricard: All eyes on Alex Ricard 3 Jun 2014

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I am en-route to Cork this morning, to attend Pernod Ricard's annual Capital Markets Day. Tomorrow, I will join a wealth of analysts at a series of presentations by the company's leadership team.


Editor's Viewpoint - The London Wine Fair 2014: Time to Deliver 2 Jun 2014

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Today (2 June) is the opening day of the London Wine Fair. After more than a year in redevelopment, the former London International Wine Fair has refocused its efforts and moved its location.


Editor's Viewpoint - Comic Relief's drinks line is no laughing matter 30 May 2014

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The decision this week by UK-based charity Comic Relief to pull its investments in alcohol companies looks like one that has been taken to calm a perceived braying mob.


Editor's Viewpoint - Has Treasury Wine Estates found its map in time? 20 May 2014

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Who'd have thought it? Treasury Wine Estates, a company that, in the recent past, has scrabbled around trying to find someone to buy its wine business, has finally received a takeover offer. And, they've only gone and rejected it.


Editor's Viewpoint - Emperador's Move for Whyte & Mackay: Surprise Surprise 9 May 2014

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It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be the year of surprises in the spirits industry. First up, in January, we saw Beam Inc head in a direction that few of us foresaw. Then, today, Whyte & Mackay has been lined up to get a new – and equally unexpected – owner.


Editor's Viewpoint - Pernod Ricard Sniffing at Treasury Wine Estates? 2 May 2014

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I'm sorry to bring you wine folk back down to earth ahead of the Mayday weekend. I just wouldn't want you getting excited about nothing over the next three days.


Editor's Viewpoint - Minimum Unit Pricing: Everyone's a Winner, Baby 30 Apr 2014

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So, is minimum unit pricing legal, or is it illegal? It would appear that we're going to find out once and for all.


Editor's Viewpoint - BrewDog: Enough's Enough 29 Apr 2014

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It's with a weary sigh that I say: Here we go again. When The Portman Group issued a decision about a product made by BrewDog, we knew what was going to follow. At least, then, we weren't left disappointed.


Editor's Viewpoint - Spirits in China: The Blip is Here to Stay 17 Apr 2014

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I'm calling it, people. Today is the day that I feel confident enough to conclude that the China 'crisis' is not a blip.


Editor's Viewpoint - Appointing a CEO: Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number 14 Apr 2014

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How long is a satisfactory term for a CEO? Of course, there's two answers to this question: One if the company is publicly-listed, the other if it's a privately-held firm. Then, of course, there is the small matter of how the company – irrespective of ownership structure – is performing.


Editor's Viewpoint - Single Grain Scotch Scores with Diageo Beckham Tie-Up 9 Apr 2014

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As one would expect, yesterday's news that Diageo is teaming up with model/team franchise investor/Jaguar brand ambassador/'celebrity' husband/retired footballer David Beckham got the wires burning red hot. So much so, that the partnership even warranted a kicking from alcohol issue charity Alcohol Concern this morning.


Editor's Viewpoint - FIFA World Cup: Official Tie-Ups Price Out Celebrity Endorsements 4 Apr 2014

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We're just over two months away from the start of the biggest sporting event on earth: The FIFA World Cup kicks off on 12 June, when host country Brazil take on Croatia in the first match of the month-long tournament.


Editor's Viewpoint - Becherovka: Is Stock an Option? 3 Apr 2014

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Reports this week that Pernod Ricard is looking to offload Czech liqueur brand Becherovka are on the money. Reuters' story on Tuesday (1 April) was not an April Fool.


Editor's Viewpoint – When Companies Argue about Who is Right, Both are Usually Wrong 20 Mar 2014

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Unless it's you that is in the middle of the melee, there's nothing more thrilling than a good old street fight; be it in the playground, in a bar, in the street... . As the two (usually) men circle each other, fists raised and ready to wade in, it gets everyone's juices going, doesn't it?


Editor's Viewpoint - Brown-Forman for Sale? Keep it in The Family 11 Mar 2014

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A few weeks ago, reports broke suggesting that Bacardi is set to embark on a shopping spree to plug the Bourbon gap in its portfolio.


Editor's Viewpoint - Martini and Formula One - A Match Made in... Bahrain? 7 Mar 2014

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Yesterday morning, I headed into London to attend an event that had been shrouded in secrecy. All I knew was that it concerned Bacardi's Martini brand and - according to the agency - would be “very, very cool”.


Editor's Viewpoint - Scottish Independence - It's Okay to Have an Opinion 27 Feb 2014

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On Thursday 18 September, the residents of Scotland will take to the polls to consider a question, their answer to which could have huge repercussions: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"


Editor's Viewpoint - Pernod Ricard: What Time Do You Call This? 18 Feb 2014

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For as long as I've known the firm, Pernod Ricard has always carried itself with an air of Gallic insouciance:


Editor's Viewpoint - Marketing: Think Once. Think Twice. Think... Tweet? 11 Feb 2014

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I'll freely admit to being addicted to social media. During work hours, I have to reign myself in on checking Facebook, but I forgive myself my Twitter usage while at the coal face, as sometimes – just sometimes – I use it “for work purposes”.


Editor's Viewpoint - Will Diageo's White Rum Foray Prompt Bacardi Buys? 6 Feb 2014

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The launch of the latest addition to the white rum category will have some folk in Bermuda and Miami in a bit of a flap at the moment, I imagine.


Editor's Viewpoint - BrewDog Chooses a More Suitable Target 4 Feb 2014

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Well, it appears that BrewDog's addiction to controversy is alive and (un)well. But, at least, the UK company's latest move has a more valid – albeit slightly bigger and more frightening – target in its sights.

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