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The bidding process for Whyte & Mackay is reportedly nearing its end UK: Lion Capital silent over Whyte & Mackay bid with ex-CEO

14 April 2014

Private equity firm Lion Capital has declined to comment on a report it has teamed up with Whyte & Mackay's (W&M) former CEO to table a bid for the Scotch whisky producer.

GLOBAL: Diageo unveils global Smirnoff push - video

9 April 2014

Diageo has released details of a new global multi-media marketing campaign for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

Product Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo's Smirnoff Gold Apple

1 April 2014

Diageo has lined up an apple-flavoured addition to its Smirnoff Gold liqueur collection.

Product Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo's Smirnoff White

13 March 2014

Diageo is set to release a Travel Retail-exclusive “super-premium” extension of its Smirnoff vodka brand.

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a growth engine of the spirits sector for some time, but new research from just-drinks suggests that the sub-category no longer represents the easy route to growth or the obvious 'go to' option for new product development that it did a few years ago.

UK/JAPAN: Suntory dismisses Whyte & Mackay bid rumours

21 January 2014

Suntory has denied it is bidding to acquire Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay.

Comment - Beam's Bourbons Attractive to Diageo, But Not Enough for a Counter-bid

15 January 2014

Is Diageo really considering leading a counter-bid consortium for Beam?

IRELAND: Warning issued over fake Smirnoff Red

19 December 2013

Ireland's health authorities have issued a warning to businesses and consumers after discovering a “small quantity” of fake Smirnoff Red Label circulating in the market.

Analysis - Vodka's global growth set to stay strong

2 December 2013

Vodka's global growth prospects remain “positive” with an opportunity for producers to grow volumes in mature and emerging markets, according to an analyst.

US: Flavoured vodka on-trade sales dip as whiskies grab share - figures

21 November 2013

Sales of flavoured vodka in the US on-trade have fallen 12% in the past 12 months, despite continued new entries to the category, latest figures reveal.

CZECH: Diageo deal "complementary" - Stock Spirits Group CEO

13 November 2013

Stock Spirits Group's CEO has said his firm's new alliance with Diageo is “complimentary” and won't see the two companies' brands competing against each other.

CZECH: Diageo signs distribution deal with Stock Spirits Group

13 November 2013

Diageo has appointed Stock Spirits Group to exclusively distribute its premium brands across Czech.

just For Subscribers - The week in drinks

1 November 2013

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

just Five Years Ago: Diageo eyes stake in United Spirits

29 October 2013

Five years ago this week talk of Diageo taking a stake in United Spirits first emerged. It set in train a series of events that this year saw the Smirnoff producer secure control of the Indian spirits firm.

US: Pernod Ricard, Diageo off-trade Scotch volumes soar - figures

29 October 2013

Pernod Ricard and Diageo's Scotch whisky brands continue to post surging volumes growth in the US off-trade, according to the latest AC Nielsen figures.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part IV - Packaging

23 October 2013

The final part of this month’s management briefing, which looks at environmental sustainability in the spirits industry, looks at the role that packaging has to play in helping to keep things green.

TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo ups Johnnie Walker Travel Retail volumes - Research

21 October 2013

Diageo's Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand strengthened its hold on the global Travel Retail market last year, increasing volumes by 15%, new figures have shown.

Research In Focus - Vodka: Absolut game-changer

7 October 2013

Is there a brand that has exerted a more profound influence on a drinks category than Absolut Vodka? Ben Cooper doubts it.

Product Launch - US: Diageo's Smirnoff Wild Honey, Cinna-Sugar Twist flavoured vodkas

7 October 2013

Diageo's Smirnoff Wild Honey, Cinna-Sugar Twist flavoured vodkas

Product Launch - AUS: Diageo's Smirnoff Double Black

4 October 2013

Diageo's Smirnoff Double Black

just On Call - Diageo ups on-trade focus after taking "foot off the pedal"

18 September 2013

Diageo has been too heavily focussed on off-trade distribution in global markets in recent years and took its “foot off the pedal” in the on-trade, a senior company executive has admitted.

GLOBAL: Diageo lines up Smirnoff brand director switch

9 September 2013

Diageo has confirmed a change of global brand director for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

Comment - Spirits - Searching for the Next Johnnie Walker

20 August 2013

This month, Ian Buxton runs the rule over Diageo's recently-announced spirits start-up support programme.

Product Launch - UK: Diageo's Smirnoff Apple Bite

20 August 2013

Diageo has launched a pre-mix Smirnoff vodka can into the UK market ahead of a wider European rollout.

UK: Diageo rolls out Smirnoff Gold to UK

19 August 2013

Diageo is launching its Smirnoff Gold brand in the UK.

US: Diageo lifts Smirnoff capacity with plant upgrade

7 August 2013

Diageo has completed a US$120m upgrade at one of its US bottling plants.

UK: Diageo moves to clarify bottling switch report

5 August 2013

Diageo has dismissed a media report suggesting that it is moving the bottling of the Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand from Scotland to England.

Focus - Diageo's FY Performance by Region, Brands

31 July 2013

Earlier today (31 July), Diageo posted rising sales and profits for the 12 months to the end of June. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance in the period by region and by brand.

Research in Focus - Challenges Facing Diageo in Spirits

1 July 2013

In a recently-published global briefing 'Diageo in Spirits', Euromonitor International’s senior alcoholic drinks analyst Jeremy Cunnington takes a look at what are the challenges facing Diageo in spirits as the new CEO Ivan Menezes takes charge.

Comment - Spirits - Cognac/Brandy: East is East

21 June 2013

A recent bout of activity in the Cognac region - from investment to divestment - suggests lively times ahead for the brandy and Cognac category. Ian Buxton looks at the headlines, and sees his eye being drawn east, not only for future growth, but also for future Cognac players.

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