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just the Facts – The Power 100 2015

Earlier today (10 June), brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business released the results of its latest survey of the world's wine and s...

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...


The Battle Against the Counterfeiters

Stuart Whitwell at Intangible Business | 4 Mar 2015

News emerged in the UK late last month that 2,500 litres of fake wine and spirits were seized by police in the country as part of the worldwide Operation OPSON, run by Interpol. The counterfeit drinks industry is very much alive and kicking, even in developed markets like the UK, and drinks companies need to be more vigilant if they wish to protect their brands.


just the Facts – The Power 100 2014

Olly Wehring | 2 Jun 2014

Earlier today (2 June), brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business released the results of its latest survey of the world's wine and spirits brands. Here's a look at 'The Power 100', along with the methodology used to draw up the list.


TFWA Review: Heineken, Stolichnaya, Hine

Andy Morton | 24 Oct 2013

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


Comment - SPI Group Quells the Stolichnaya Crisis

Chris Mercer | 13 Aug 2013

As SPI Group looks to weather a boycott of Stolichnaya in the US, Chris Mercer considers what steps a drinks company should take if - or when - a crisis hits.

Latest Interviews

just the answer - Stolichnaya

just-drinks.com editorial team | 26 Aug 2008

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

just-drinks.com editorial team | 19 Aug 2008

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.

Latest News

SPI Distribution changes name

Lucy Britner | 6 Jul 2015

SPI Group has announced a name change for its Latvian distribution arm. SPI Distribution (Latvia) will become Amber Distribution Latvia.


just a While Ago - On 25 June in...

Olly Wehring | 25 Jun 2015

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just a While Ago - On 16 June in...

Olly Wehring | 16 Jun 2015

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SPI Group promotes Stoli regional heads

Lucy Britner | 16 Jun 2015

SPI Group has restructured its regional division and has created two new, senior positions at its vodka arm, Stoli Group.


just a While Ago - On 8 June in...

Olly Wehring | 8 Jun 2015

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SPI Group names Piana as Stoli Group USA head

Andy Morton | 8 May 2015

SPI Group has appointed the former head of Remy Martin to lead its US & Canada unit.


just a While Ago - On 9 April in...

Olly Wehring | 9 Apr 2015

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just the week in - Spirits & Wine

Olly Wehring | 27 Mar 2015

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.


SPI Group switches CFOs, appoints new Stoli CEO

Olly Wehring | 20 Feb 2015

SPI Group, the Stolichnaya brand owner and parent of Stoli Group, has announced a change of CFO, and a new CEO for Stoli Group.


just the Week in - Spirits & Wine

Olly Wehring | 19 Dec 2014

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...

Olly Wehring | 27 Oct 2014

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

Olly Wehring | 21 Oct 2014

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Stolichnaya CMO quits to join Montenegro Group

Olly Wehring | 23 Sep 2014

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

Rojita Tiwari | 16 Sep 2014

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


Liqs Cocktail Shots enters Texas, Massachusetts

Andy Morton | 23 Jul 2014

Liqs has expanded the US distribution of its namesake cocktail shots into two new states eight months after launching in Florida.


SPI Group pushes Stoli lemonade cocktail concept

James Wilmore | 20 Jun 2014

SPI Group has launched a multi-market summer campaign to promote the idea of mixing its Stolichnaya vodka brand with lemonade.


SPI Group's Stoli Ginger Beer

Andy Morton | 2 May 2014

The US unit of SPI Group, Stoli Group USA, has released a ginger beer designed to mix with Stolichanya vodka for a Moscow Mule cocktail.


SPI Group eyes growth with US distributor deals

James Wilmore | 27 Feb 2014

The US unit of SPI Group has signed new deals with three distributors as it eyes growth across the country.


SPI expands Southern Wine & Spirits US tie-up

Olly Wehring | 11 Feb 2014

SPI Group has confirmed the appointment of Southern Wine & Spirits of America as the distributor of its vodka portfolio in six more US states.


Bourbon boom marches on in US on-trade

James Wilmore | 15 Jan 2014

Bourbon, blended American whiskies and Irish whiskey were the only spirits sub-categories to see volume growth in the US on-trade in 2013 as clear spirits lagged, according to latest figures.


US on-trade flavoured vodka sales drop

Andy Morton | 21 Nov 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.


SPI Group appoints new Travel Retail chief

Andy Morton | 5 Nov 2013

SPI Group has appointed a director for its North American Travel Retail unit.

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