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Analysis - Rival bids for Beam Inc unlikely

Suntory's proposed US$16bn takeover of Beam Inc is the first publicly-acknowledged attempt to buy the pure-play spirits company since it was...

In the Spotlight - Diageo's W&M Offer

One of the spirits industry's longer-running sagas gained an extra chapter this week when Diageo announced that it is willing to sell off a...


Top Wine & Spirits Trends in the Last Ten Years

Stuart Whitwell at Intangible Business | 10 Jun 2015

Earlier today, brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business released the results of its latest survey of the world's wine and spirits brands. In this excerpt from the full report, which can be downloaded here, the company considers the consumer trends that have shaped the wine and spirits categories in the last ten years.


Beam Inc offers Pernod Ricard "strategic appeal"

James Wilmore | 7 Jun 2013

Beam Inc will become an easier acquisition target from September this year, with Pernod Ricard the likely front-runner as a buyer, according to an analyst.


Beam loses race for Absolut: Five years on

Olly Wehring | 17 Apr 2013

It was five years ago this week that Beam Global Spirits & Wine – as Beam Inc was then known – started to come to terms with Pernod Ricard's last-minute grab of takeover target Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand at the end of March, 2008.


Pernod and the Battle for Absolut Five Years On

Chris Mercer | 2 Apr 2013

This weekend marked the fifth anniversary of Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand. A lot has changed since those heady days of 2008, so how does the race for - and purchase of - V&S look today? Chris Mercer takes a closer look.

Latest Interviews

Interview - Beam Suntory's EMEA president

James Wilmore | 2 Mar 2015

Formed just under a year ago, Beam Suntory is a “global whisk(e)y powerhouse,” in the words of Albert Baladi, the unit's Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) head. But, how have things progressed since Suntory's $16bn takeover of Beam Inc? What brands and regions are shining bright and where are the emerging opportunities? Here, just-drinks catches up with Baladi for his take on the present and the future for Beam Suntory.


Interview - Pernod Ricard's Outgoing CEO - Part II

Olly Wehring | 12 Feb 2015

In the second part of just-drinks' exclusive interview with the outgoing CEO of Pernod Ricard, Pierre Pringuet, here he looks back at some of the deals that have shaped the company, and his role in their negotiation.

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Pernod Ricard to build Beefeater visitor centre

Olly Wehring | 6 Feb 2013

Pernod Ricard is set to start work on a visitor centre at its Beefeater distillery in London.


Diageo, Suntory mull move for Beam Inc - report

Olly Wehring | 9 Dec 2012

A report in a UK newspaper today (9 December) has claimed that Diageo and Suntory held talks earlier this year with a view to making a move for Beam Inc.


Beam opens research centre to boost new products

Andy Morton | 4 Oct 2012

Beam Inc has opened an innovation centre as it targets achieving a quarter of its annual sales growth from new products.


Bourbon, Skinnygirl boost Beam's H1 profits

James Wilmore | 2 Aug 2012

Beam Inc has reported a double-digit jump in first-half profits driven by demand for its Bourbon brands and the Skinnygirl range.


Beam Inc hails "strong start" to 2012

Olly Wehring | 3 May 2012

Beam Inc has posted a good start to the year, with sales and profits performing strongly in the first three months of 2011.


On Call - Beam buoyant on Bourbon boom

Chris Mercer | 3 Feb 2012

Beam Inc expects Bourbon sales to continue heading north and is planning to invest in infrastructure to support growth.


Beam Inc targets innovation as FY figures shine

Chris Mercer | 3 Feb 2012

Beam Inc has said that it expects more sales and profits gains in its first full-year as an independent company, after reporting a strong overall performance in 2011.


just the Preview – Beam Inc Q4 & FY

Chris Mercer | 1 Feb 2012

Beam Inc is set to release its Q4 and full-year results on Friday (3 February). Below, we take a look at the highs and lows for the company in the three months to the end of December.


Beam Inc raises dividend

Chris Mercer | 27 Jan 2012

Beam Inc has said it will hand more money back to shareholders via a company dividend, adding to signs that the group is poised to report solid full-year trading.


Beam Inc completes Cooley Distillery buy

Chris Mercer | 17 Jan 2012

Beam Inc has closed its acquisition of Cooley Distillery and has already earmarked the firm's Kilbeggan brand as a potential vehicle for capitalising on strong demand for Irish whiskey.


La Madrilena takes Beam's Mexican distribution

Olly Wehring | 7 Nov 2011

Beam has announced plans to consolidate its distribution network in Mexico.

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