3 April 2013
Is the fabled Scotch whisky boom subsiding?
28 February 2013
Pernod Ricard has announced an effective job swap for two of its executives involving the top jobs at its Europe and Chivas Brothers divisions.
19 February 2013
Pernod Ricard has confirmed that it intends to open a new Scotch whisky distillery in 2015.
11 January 2013
This month, Ian Buxton takes a look at an idea that, should it come to fruition, will send shockwaves through the Scotch whisky industry. In Scotland, he notes, there seems to be water, water everywhere, but not a drop that is taxed. Yet.
26 November 2012
Pernod Ricard is expanding its seasonal launch of Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve to meet increased demand from new regions, the company said today (26 November).
24 October 2012
Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Angus Dundee are making a joint investment in a new gas pipeline linking four of their Speyside distilleries to Scotland’s main gas network.
22 October 2012
Pernod Ricard will release its first-quarter results on Thursday (25 October). Here, just-drinks takes a look at the highs and lows for the company in the three months to the end of September.
18 October 2012
Next week’s TFWA World Exhibition reverts to its traditional late October time slot after last year’s G20 Summit in Cannes forced the show to set up shop a month earlier in sunny September. Yet the prospect of chillier nights and a shower or two on the Croisette is unlikely to dampen the spirits of the 104 liquor exhibitors attending this year’s event. Indeed, all things considered, Joe Bates believes that the duty-free wine and spirit business is in pretty good shape.
18 October 2012
Pernod Ricard is looking to build a new malt whisky distillery in Scotland as part of its expansion plans in the country.
1 October 2012
Pernod Ricard's Chivas Regal The Chivas Brothers’ Blend
27 September 2012
An online row broke out among the Scotch whisky fraternity earlier this month. It all kicked off with the launch of The Macallan Gold from The Edrington Group, and its cousins Amber, Sienna and Ruby, all set to follow next year. But wait, asked some observers; how old are they? Ian Buxton is equally quizzical.
6 September 2012
Diageo and Pernod Ricard are backing Scotch whisky to be next year's biggest growth story, an analyst has said.
5 September 2012
Pernod Ricard's Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Night Magnum
4 September 2012
Pernod Ricard has admitted that it will consider building a new whisky distillery in Scotland in the future, as demand for Scotch in emerging markets continues to rise.
19 July 2012
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has launched a major European and domestic legal challenge to Scotland's plans for minimum pricing, backed by two other trade bodies.
16 July 2012
Pernod Ricard's Ballantine’s 40 Year Old
6 July 2012
Pernod Ricard has escaped a sanction from the Advertising Standards Authority after the body rejected a complaint over an advert for Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky.
28 June 2012
In the whisky category, it would appear that, while the big are getting bigger, the small are getting... more proliferative. This month, Ian Buxton considers the boom in craft distillers and flags up the perils and pitfalls they face.
31 May 2012
As we head back from Pernod Ricard's Capital Markets Day, held this year in Scotland, it takes a fair bit of effort to see past the company's upbeat take on the future for its Scotch whisky portfolio.
30 May 2012
Pernod Ricard has committed to a GBP40m (US$62.2m) annual investment in Chivas Brothers to keep up with demand for its Scotch Whisky brands in emerging markets.
25 May 2012
The pending Diamond Jubilee in the UK has been prefaced by a swathe of special edition versions of products from every drinks category. As a keen list-maker, Ian Buxton is well-placed to bring them all together. Right up until he goes cross-eyed.
18 April 2012
Pernod Ricard has extended the partnership between its Chivas Regal blended Scotch brand and the founders of Le Baron nightclubs beyond travel retail to the off-trade.
14 March 2012
Winding up our management briefing for March, Richard Woodard gets the inside track on Pernod Ricard's Plymouth Gin brand, a product that recently underwent a considerable rebrand.
26 January 2012
When Pernod Ricard said last week that it is updating the packaging for - and raising the price of - Plymouth Gin, there was a run on tonic water at Richard Woodard's local shop. It's taken a while, but the brand is back, and Woodard would like to celebrate.
18 January 2012
Pernod Ricard has lined up a global price rise and packaging upgrade for its Plymouth Gin brand.
17 January 2012
This week is prediction week on just-drinks. On Thursday, Chris Losh will give us his annual, tongue-in-cheek forecasts for the coming year. Today, however, Ian Buxton, consider what might happen in brown spirits in 2012.
26 October 2011
Pernod Ricard's Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve
14 September 2011
Pernod Ricard's Royal Salute Tribute to Honour
2 August 2011
This month, we welcome another regular commentator to the just-drinks fold. Augmenting our spirits coverage, Ian Buxton will be casting his eye over the brown side of the sector. To kick off, this month Ian looks at a character who is ruffling the feathers of many in the Scotch whisky industry.
27 June 2011
Pernod Ricard has lined up a Europe-wide television advert for its Ballantine’s Finest Scotch whisky brand.