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A Wild Geese, Pernod Ricard conspiracy theory? 19 Jul 2016

In our coverage of the legal ruling in favour of Irish whiskey brand The Wild Geese in Australia yesterday, I sensed a conspiracy theory of pretty impressive proportions. Could the dominant player in the Irish whiskey sector really have been looking to ride roughshod over one of its much smaller competitors?


Paddy Irish whiskey - The Facts 4 May 2016

Late yesterday, Pernod Ricard confirmed that it has opened discussions with Sazerac with a view to selling its Paddy Irish whiskey brand. Here's a look at Paddy and its position in the Irish whiskey category and Pernod's portfolio.


Renegade Spirits' Mark Reynier - Interview 23 Feb 2016

It is late afternoon on what has been a long day. But, Mark Reynier, formerly the head of Bruichladdich and now founder of Renegade Spirits, still has the energy to vent his grievances over the Irish whiskey industry he has inhabited for just over a year.


C&C Group's H1 2016 results - preview 26 Oct 2015

C&C Group will announce its half-year and second-quarter results on Wednesday. Here, just-drinks looks at the drinks producer's activities in the three months to the end of August:


Is Brown-Forman doing a Jack Daniel's in Ireland? 2 Oct 2015

At the official ground-breaking ceremony for Brown-Forman's Slane Castle Irish whiskey distillery this week, the talk among a few of the guests was about why the company - which outlined heritage as an important factor when it comes to targeting new consumers - hadn't chosen to buy a moth-balled distillery with a ready-made history.

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Quintessential’s Dublin Liberties Copper Alley 7 Sep 2016

Quintessential Brands has launched a second iteration in the Liberties range of Irish whiskies from its recently-acquired Dublin Whiskey Co unit.


Exports boost Irish beer production - figures 23 Aug 2016

The Irish Brewers Association has said beer exports from the country were up 16% in 2015, with a value of EUR265m (US$300m).


Pernod Ricard lines up Jameson tourism boost 11 Aug 2016

Pernod Ricard's Irish unit is to invest EUR11m (US$12.3m) in the redevelopment of its Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, as it looks to capitalise on the growth of Irish whiskey. 


Coca-Cola Co apologises over Sprite ads 4 Aug 2016

The Coca-Cola Co has issued an apology over online adverts for its Sprite brand, which formed part of the Brutally Refreshing campaign in Ireland. 


Quintessential buys Tempted Irish Cider stake 2 Aug 2016

Quintessential Brands has agreed to acquire a third of the Tempted Irish Cider business as it looks to increase its presence in Ireland. 


Halewood makes West Cork Distillers purchase 25 Jul 2016

Halewood Wines & Spirits has acquired a holding in Irish whiskey producer West Cork Distillers, four months after buying a 50% holding in the firm's The Pogues brand.


Pernod, Sazerac complete Paddy Irish whiskey deal 18 May 2016

Pernod Ricard has confirmed the completion of the divestment of its Paddy Irish whiskey brand to Sazerac.


Teeling Whiskey Co's Spirit of Dublin - NPD 5 May 2016

Teeling Whiskey Co has released the first spirit to be made at its distillery in Dublin.


Quintessential buys Irish brewery stake 4 May 2016

Quintessential Brands' Irish unit has acquired a 33% stake in a brewery, as it continues to ramp up its presence in the market.


Heineken gives Heineken Light European debut 25 Apr 2016

Heineken has launched its Heineken Light brand into Europe for the first time.

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Reynier takes on Irish whiskey with credit in the bank 9 Dec 2015

Does this picture, taken today, show a turning point in the history of Irish whiskey?