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Editor's Viewpoint - Cuba-US Normalisation: Bacardi, Pernod Ricard both Winners? 18 Dec 2014

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The announcement late yesterday that Cuba and the US have started on the road to normalised relations will be of particular interest to two spirits companies – one evicted from its home by the revolution, the other a co-owner of a rum because of the revolution.


Editor's Viewpoint - Budweiser's Main Problem? It's Budweiser 27 Nov 2014

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Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a fascinating article that looks at the more recent performance – or lack thereof – of Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand in the US.


Editor's Viewpoint - When the Drink is Not the Ad 26 Nov 2014

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I must be getting soft in my old age, but there are two drinks marketing campaigns that have recently launched, which have resonated particularly well with me. The one thing they have in common is that they both barely feature the product they are promoting – if at all.


Editor's Viewpoint - Is Petropolis Finally Moving into SABMiller's View? 24 Nov 2014

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SABMiller may have been trying to sneak news of its Brazilian tie-up with Petropolis under the radar, but the news comes on the back of pronouncements by the brewer that it is keen to up its presence in the country. It also comes at a time that SABMiller finds itself in a position where it needs to make an acquisition. And fast.


Editor's Viewpoint - Gin: Plymouth's from Plymouth, London's from...? 19 Nov 2014

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Pernod Ricard's decision this week to withdraw its support for the geographical indication (GI) 'Plymouth Gin' makes sense to me, but that such a GI exists at all serves only to underline the confusion that still abounds in the gin category.


Editor's Viewpoint - Diageo's Sale of Bushmills an Admission of Defeat to Pernod Ricard's Jameson? 3 Nov 2014

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Diageo's move to take back full control of Don Julio certainly indicates the potential for Tequila. However, it is the company's divestment of Bushmills that speaks even louder, to the future for Irish whiskey.


Editor's Viewpoint - Scotch Whisky's Slipping Crown: Convenient Timing for Diageo 28 Oct 2014

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Back in April, when the Scotch Whisky Association released 2013's export sales figures for the category, many observers expressed disappointment, but not necessarily surprise, at the numbers.


Editor's Viewpoint - Diageo's Haig Club: And, What Do You Do? 7 Oct 2014

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I'm not entirely sure why so many trade press column inches were given over to the latest 'news' from Diageo's new single grain Scotch whisky brand, Haig Club, yesterday. I mean, the launch of the product was initially announced six months ago.


Editor's Viewpoint - SABMiller's Irritation at Heineken Questions? 7 Oct 2014

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From some of the noises coming out of London yesterday, I am willing to suggest the following: SABMiller is rather annoyed with Heineken. That's probably because, Heineken broke an unwritten rule among the larger companies by going public on its talks with SABMiller.


Editor's Viewpoint – Treasury Wine Estates: Here I Go Again On My Own 30 Sep 2014

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The book has been closed – for now – on the end of the plc line for Treasury Wine Estates, following yesterday's announcement that it has called time on negotiations with two separate parties on a possible takeover.


Editor's Viewpoint - Wine in the UK: Tell Us Something We Don't Know 18 Sep 2014

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Yesterday afternoon, here in London, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association hosted its annual conference. Headlining the show was Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency and best known for creating the Levi 501 ads and the 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' tagline for Audi.


Editor's Viewpoint – Heineken's 'No' Cuts SABMiller Options as Anheuser-Busch InBev Looms Large 15 Sep 2014

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Heineken's announcement earlier today of an approach by SABMiller confirms what some observers have warned in recent months: The 'Mega-Merger' is most definitely on.


Editor's Viewpoint - Guinness: A Great Day for St James's Gate 10 Sep 2014

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Today's official opening of the new Guinness production facility at the brand's St James's Gate site in the centre of Dublin stands in marked contrast to how the plot's future looked less than ten years ago. It is refreshing to see – for whatever reason - a plc the size of Diageo bowing to a brand's provenance, even if such nods are a rarity these days.


Editor's Viewpoint - William Grant & Sons' Move for Drambuie: It Had to be You 9 Sep 2014

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While it was a predictable bit of business, William Grant & Sons' purchase of Drambuie – announced yesterday – still carries a slight element of surprise to it for me.


Editor's Viewpoint - Another One Bites Bacardi's Dust 27 Aug 2014

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One of the things I noticed quite early into my career covering drinks was just how many so-called 'industry veterans' there are. One of my regular lines quickly became that people seldom leave our industry, presumably because it's so much fun.


Editor's Viewpoint - The Race Downhill for Treasury Wine Estates 21 Aug 2014

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Earlier this month, after Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Rhone Capital tabled a joint-bid for Treasury Wine Estates that prompted the wine company to open its books, I posited that the move would not trigger a bidding war.


Editor's Viewpoint – Carlsberg Needs Smaller Shoes for Shrinking Russian Footprint 21 Aug 2014

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The struggles go on for Carlsberg who, in its half-year results yesterday, indicated that things in Russia – where it is market leader – look set to get worse before they get better.


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.

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