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Beam IncProduct Launch - US: Beam Inc's Skinnygirl Sweet’arita, Sparkling Margarita

15 April 2014

Beam Inc is set to launch two additions to the pre-mixed cocktail strand of its Skinnygirl brand portfolio.

GLOBAL: International Center for Alcohol Policies, Global Alcohol Producers Group to merge

11 April 2014

The International Center for Alcohol Policies and the Global Alcohol Producers Group have agreed to amalgamate their operations.

IRELAND/UK: Whiskey producers launch Irish Whiskey Association

9 April 2014

A new trade body has been established to promote the interests of the fast-growing Irish whiskey sector.

US: Century Council becomes FARR in bid to tackle alcohol-related issues

31 March 2014

An industry-funded US group aimed at tackling drink-driving and underage drinking has been renamed as part of a “bold” plan to increase awareness of the issues.

US: Beam Inc gets shareholder nod for Suntory purchase

25 March 2014

The shareholders of Beam Inc have voted in favour of Suntory Holdings' proposed takeover offer, with the purchase set to complete by the end of April.

Product Launch - US: Beam Inc's Cruzan Peach Rum

19 March 2014

Beam Inc has launched another flavour extension for its Cruzan rum brand.

US: Beam Inc CEO to pocket US$40m from Suntory takeover

5 March 2014

Beam Inc CEO Matt Shattock is in line to make US$40m if his company's proposed takeover by Suntory Holdings goes ahead.

ASIA: Distell tasks new Travel Retail Asia head with spirits growth

3 March 2014

Distell has appointed a new general manager for its Asia Pacific Travel Retail arm.

US: Beam Inc to boost Maker's Mark production with US$67m investment

28 February 2014

Beam Inc is planning to expand its Maker’s Mark distillery with a US$67m investment to meet demand for the Bourbon.

US: Sidney Frank CEO speaks out over Beam Inc legal battle

25 February 2014

Sidney Frank’s CEO has said he is “pleased” but not surprised that a US federal judge has allowed the firm's US$100m lawsuit against Beam Inc to proceed.

US: Sazerac takes on three Wine Group spirits brands

24 February 2014

Sazerac has signed a licensing deal to distribute three of The Wine Group’s spirits brands globally.

Product Launch - UK: Beam Inc's Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-Year

20 February 2014

Beam Inc is extending the availability of Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-Year to the UK on-trade.

Product Launch - US: Beam Inc’s Booker’s Bourbon Batch No. 2014-1

19 February 2014

Beam Inc has launching a limited-edition batch of its Booker’s Bourbon to celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary.

Focus - Coca-Cola Amatil's FY Performance by Region, Sector

18 February 2014

Today (18 February), Coca-Cola Amatil reported its full-year results, revealing an 83% drop in net profits as its packaged food unit, SPC Ardmona, suffered write-downs. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the Sydney-based company's performance in the 12-month period by region and sector.

just On Call - Pernod Ricard upbeat on Martell, cool on Whyte & Mackay

18 February 2014

Pernod Ricard maintains that the reliance of its Martell Cognac brand on the Chinese market is not a concern, despite a marked fall in the brand's performance there in the company's fiscal first half.

AUS: Coca-Cola Amatil posts profits plunge after AUD404m write-down

18 February 2014

Coca-Cola Amatil has reported a sharp drop in full-year profits because of a major write-down in its canned fruit and vegetable business, but weakness in Australia also meant a disappointing 2013 for beverages.

US: Beam Inc takes 2 Gingers nation-wide

12 February 2014

Beam Inc has expanded distribution of its Irish whiskey brand 2 Gingers to all 50 US states.

Research in Focus - Vodka and the Flavour Fatigue

7 February 2014

The flavoured vodka category has been a growth engine of the spirits sector for some time, but new research from just-drinks suggests that the sub-category no longer represents the easy route to growth or the obvious 'go to' option for new product development that it did a few years ago.

GLOBAL: Beam Inc unveils Teacher's TV push - video

7 February 2014

Beam Inc has launched a global campaign for its Teacher's Scotch whisky brand that includes lines from Rudyard Kipling's poem “If”.

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

6 February 2014

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.

Focus - Beam Inc's FY Performance by Region, Brand

5 February 2014

Earlier today (5 February), Beam Inc announced a 4% rise in full-year reported net sales, helped by “above-market” growth in North America and Europe. However, net profits in 2013 fell by 6%. Here just-drinks takes a closer look at the group’s performance by region and brand.

just The Preview - Beam Inc's Q4 & FY

5 February 2014

Beam Inc will release its fourth-quarter and year-to-date results today (5 February). Here, just-drinks takes a look at the company's highs and lows in the three months to the end of December.

US: "Better-than-expected" Q4 for Beam Inc as FY sales rise, profits slip

5 February 2014

Beam Inc has credited a strong Q4 for helping its full-year sales, but net profits in 2013 were still down year-on-year.

Product Launch - GLOBAL: Beam Inc's L'Essence de Courvoisier Year of the Horse

4 February 2014

Beam Inc has launched a Courvoisier Cognac expression that celebrates the new Chinese lunar New Year.

UK: Suntory Beverage & Food supports Lucozade with GBP10m push

3 February 2014

Suntory Beverage & Food has invested GBP10m (US$16.3m) to continue a UK ad campaign for latest acquisition Lucozade.

US: Major Beam Inc shareholder cuts stake

3 February 2014

Beam Inc has seen its former biggest shareholder significantly reduce his stake in the group, following news of a planned takeover by Japanese firm Suntory Holdings.

US: Beam Inc creates chief performance officer post

29 January 2014

Beam Inc has promoted its chief HR officer to the newly-created role of chief performance officer.

US: Beam Inc recruits Mila Kunis for Jim Beam campaign

29 January 2014

Beam Inc has recruited actor Mila Kunis to head up its first global marketing push for the Jim Beam Bourbon brand.

Comment - Spirits - Beam Inc & Suntory: What Might it Mean for Scotch?

27 January 2014

Just before January is out, Ian Buxton is here for his first comment piece of 2014, and he's keen to consider what the fist big M&A transacion of the year will mean in the Scotch whisky industry.

Preview of the Year - 2014 - Part III: Spirits

27 January 2014

The third part of this month's management briefing, in which Euromonitor considers the year ahead for the global drinks industry, sees Jeremy Cunnington and Spiros Malandrakis look at the spirits category in 2014.

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