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Why craft owes much to multinational brands

In wanting to trumpet their credentials, craft spirits brands still owe much to the bigger, more-established brands in the segments. Richard...

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Comment

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months....


Ian Buxton | 29 Nov 2016

One of the more lively spirits sectors in recent years, Irish whiskey is certainly on the up. But, on the second anniversary of Bushmills' change of ownership, Ian Buxton asks if the country's distillers are in danger of over-stating Irish whiskey's prospects.


Richard Woodard | 6 Oct 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this seven-part review of the global gin category. In part two, we consider the sector's performance on a by-market basis.


Richard Woodard | 6 Oct 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this seven-part review of the global gin category. In part four, we turn our attention to the major gin brands and their owners.


Richard Woodard | 14 Jul 2016

For years, rum was lined up to be the spirits industry's next big thing. And yet, for all the shining promise of the category's mix of heritage, mixability and positive lifestyle cues, that potential has never quite been fully exploited, particularly in the vital US market. Richard Woodard reports.

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Andy Morton | 6 Dec 2016

Andre de Almeida had been William Grant & Sons' director for European Travel Retail for four years when he decided earlier this year to take up the role of Global Travel Retail head at Scotch whisky specialists Loch Lomond Group. That was in July, and now the Brazilian-born de Almeida, who moved to Scotland when he was 15, faces one of the biggest challenges of his career - establishing Loch Lomond as a player in the GTR channel.


Lucy Britner | 12 Jul 2016

Since forming in 1978, privately-owned Halewood Wines & Spirits has quietly carved a niche in the UK's beer, wine, spirits and RTD categories, through the Lambrini, Red Square vodka and Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer brands. However, performance has suffered in the years following founder John Halewood's death. In the first of a two-part interview, group CEO Stewart Hainsworth talks to just-drinks' deputy editor, Lucy Britner, about his vision for the group's future growth as well as Russian oligarchs and the company's recent stake purchase in The Pogues Irish whiskey.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 12 May 2017

William Grant & Sons has taken a step further into virtual reality marketing with a new airport activation for Glenfiddich.


Lucy Britner | 5 May 2017

William Grant & Sons has added a new gin expression under its Hendrick's brand. Orbium sees the addition of three new botanicals. 


Lucy Britner | 4 May 2017

William Grant's UK unit has appointed a new commercial director.


Andy Morton | 25 Apr 2017

William Grant & Sons has named a new Europe & North America head of Travel Retail, almost a year after the previous director vacated the role.


Olly Wehring | 18 Apr 2017

William Grant & Sons has followed its purchase of the Hudson US craft whiskey brand seven years ago with the acquisition today of Tuthilltown Spirits, the company that produces the liquid.


Andy Morton | 4 Apr 2017

William Grant & Sons' Tullamore Dew has become the official Irish whiskey of Major League Baseball team the Boston Red Sox.


Andy Morton | 15 Mar 2017

William Grant & Sons has re-entered the Japanese duty free market after signing a distribution deal with Japan Airlines.


Olly Wehring | 10 Mar 2017

Destilería Serrallés has recruited a former Diageo and William Grant & Sons executive to become its next CEO.


Lucy Britner | 23 Feb 2017

William Grant & Sons has appointed Victor Jerez to the role of group business development director, effective 1 March 2017.


Olly Wehring | 20 Dec 2016

William Grant & Sons has launched a marketing activation in the US for its Tullamore Dew brand, highlighting the traditional consumption of Irish whiskey alongside beer.


Lucy Britner | 18 Nov 2016

William Grant & Sons has released the second edition of its DCS Compendium. Chapter Two is called 'The Influence of Oak'. 


Andy Morton | 18 Nov 2016

The Loch Lomond Group is continuing to increase its Travel Retail presence with a new distribution partnership in the Nordics.


Andy Morton | 26 Oct 2016

William Grant & Sons has launched a new global Glenfiddich ad to highlight the brand's new whisky part-aged in beer casks.


Andy Morton | 10 Oct 2016

William Grant & Sons has appointed a former Diageo executive to head up its Travel Retail unit in Taiwan. 


Andy Morton | 6 Oct 2016

William Grant & Sons has unveiled a new Drambuie bottle as the whisky liqueur looks to its past for inspiration.


Andy Morton | 5 Oct 2016

New European Union regulations on nutritional labelling could put an end to alcohol exclusives in the Global Travel Retail channel, the head of the Tax Free World Association has warned.


Olly Wehring | 27 Sep 2016

William Grant & Sons has reported rising full-year sales and profits as it continues to move away from distributing third-party brands.


Lucy Britner | 8 Sep 2016

William Grant & Sons has launched two single malt Irish whiskeys in the US a month after their UK release. 


Lucy Britner | 1 Sep 2016

William Grant & Sons has released two whiskies under its new Experimental Series banner.


Andy Morton | 10 Aug 2016

William Grant & Sons has launched 14- and 18-year-old Tullamore Dew Irish whiskies on a limited release.


Andy Morton | 20 Jul 2016

William Grant & Sons has refused to rule out a first extension for its Hendrick's Gin brand.


Olly Wehring | 24 Jun 2016

The former head of William Grant & Sons, Stella David, has returned to her previous employer Bacardi, this time as a director.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 22 Oct 2015

just-drinks is in Cannes this week at the Tax Free World Association show. Here's the second part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.

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