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Comment - Beam Suntory's Big White Spaces

It's been three months since Suntory completed its purchase of Beam Inc. What better time that the summer lull for Richard Woodard to take a...

TFWA Review: Heineken, Stolichnaya, Hine

There's usually a surprise or two at the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) World Exhibition in Cannes....

Can SPI Group Unhook Stolichnaya From Gay Boycott

The gay community in the US has, understandably, reacted angrily to new laws in Russia that outlaw so-called “homosexual propaganda” and gay...

'Tariko Looks to Raise Standard with CEDC Takeo'

Russian Standard is now the world's second largest vodka producer after finally getting full control of Central European Distribution Corp (...

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just the answer - Stolichnaya 26 Aug 2008 editorial team

Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Absolut has once again made the future of Stolichnaya a subject of intense speculation. Pernod had been in negotiations with Russian owner SPI Group about a possible acquisition of Stolichnaya, but for anti-trust reasons has had to abandon any such plans and walk away from its existing international distribution agreement for the brand. Chris Mercer spoke with SPI minority shareholder Andrey Skurikhin about Stoli’s future.

The just-drinks interview - Skyy Spirits 19 Aug 2008 editorial team

Gloomy talk of a global economic slowdown have so far failed to dilute growth in the US vodka category. One of the better known contenders in the segment – if only for its ocean blue-coloured bottle – is Skyy vodka. In this month's just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring grills the president & CEO of Skyy Spirits, Gerry Ruvo, over the rise of the company's namesake vodka brand, what the future holds for the Campari-owned unit, and how much longer vodka's moment in the US sun can last.

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just the Week in - Spirits & Wine 19 Dec 2014

Olly Wehring

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

just a While Ago - On 27 October in... 27 Oct 2014

Olly Wehring

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just a While Ago - On 21 October in... 21 Oct 2014

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Stolichnaya CMO quits to join Montenegro Group 23 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

The CMO of SPI Group, the owner of Stolichnaya, has left the company to return to Italy, as CEO of Montenegro Group.

SPI to roll out Stolichnaya variants in India 16 Sep 2014

Rojita Tiwari

The SPI Group has confirmed plans to roll out two flavoured variants of its Stolichnaya vodka brand in India.

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