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Diageo saw a dip in Q3 net salesAnalysis - Diageo dips in Q3 as China still chokes

17 April 2014

“Disappointing” was how one analyst group described Diageo's trading update today. That sentiment has since been reflected on the London Stock Exchange.

Editor's Viewpoint - Spirits in China: The Blip is Here to Stay

17 April 2014

I'm calling it, people. Today is the day that I feel confident enough to conclude that the China 'crisis' is not a blip.

GLOBAL: Diageo YTD sales flat as Asia issues bite

17 April 2014

Diageo has reported flat nine-month sales and a drop in volumes as problems in Asian markets took their toll.

just the Facts - Top 10 Australian Wine Export Markets by Volume, Value

16 April 2014

Earlier today (16 April) Wine Australia released a report on category exports in the 12 months to the end of March. Here we detail the top 10 markets by volume and value and how they performed:

just On Call - Coca-Cola Co puts faith in marketing after Q1 declines

15 April 2014

The Coca-Cola Co's CEO has said the full weight of his company's marketing will get the group back on track after a disappointing first quarter.

Analysis - Will Diageo's 'eye-watering' United Spirits buy raise spirits?

15 April 2014

As expected, Diageo has stepped up its bid to take majority control of India’s United Spirits Ltd (USL). The UK-headquartered company has launched a tender offer for a further 26% stake in the UB Group unit, which, if successful would raise its stake to around 55%.

UK: SABMiller FY sales get China boost, but Europe, North America still drag

15 April 2014

SABMiller has reported a moderate rise in full-year net sales and volumes as double-digit growth in China helped offset a decline in Europe and a flat North America performance.

just the Facts - Scotch Whisky Top 20 Export Markets by Value, Volume

11 April 2014

Earlier today (11 April), the Scotch Whisky Association released full-year export figures for the category. Here's just-drinks provides a full rundown of the top markets by value and volume and how they performed in 2013:

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky FY exports flat as China troubles bite

11 April 2014

Export sales of Scotch whisky by value were flat last year as shipments to China fell sharply, but demand in the US and India hit a record high.

FRANCE: Moet Hennessy Q1 sales hit by China destocking

10 April 2014

Moet Hennessy has become the latest drinks firm to be seriously affected by the slowdown in China after reporting a slide in first-quarter sales.

The just-drinks Interview - Constellation Brands International GM Philip Kingston

3 April 2014

At ProWein 2014, Andy Morton sat down with Constellation's international general manager Philip Kingston to talk about its expanding global ambitions including a new tie-up in China for its Robert Mondavi brand.

Analysis - India optimism good for alcohol firms, but is luxury a step too far?

2 April 2014

A survey of consumers in India has revealed that alcoholic beverages may have the most to gain from high levels of optimism in the country.

FRANCE: Castel, Vranken-Pommery get all-clear for rosé alliance

2 April 2014

Vranken-Pommery and Castel have gained regulatory clearance to launch their JV focusing on rosé wine.

INDIA: Wild takes Capri-Sun to India in latest tie-up

2 April 2014

German beverage maker Wild has launched its Capri-Sun brand in India, creating four flavours specially formulated for the market.

CHINA: Tingyi sees FY beverage sales rise

2 April 2014

Tingyi has reported a jump in full-year soft drinks sales as the performance of its PepsiCo partner brands drove the Chinese firm's top line

Comment - Red Light for China as Vice Crackdown Ends "Glory Days"

28 March 2014

Pernod Ricard calls it “a short-term pause in our long-term growth”. But despite the optimism, the French group must be getting increasingly nervous about its performance in China.

Analysis - Pernod Ricard finds Asian comfort away from China

28 March 2014

Pernod Ricard's presentation on its Asia business yesterday was dominated by problems in China. But away from the Asian superpower's struggles, other countries on the continent showed more resilience.

just On Call: Pernod Ricard targets women as China crackdown intensifies

28 March 2014

Pernod Ricard is to target female consumers in China after increasing pressure from a government crackdown pushed down expected profits in the country.

Focus - Diageo's Cube: Producing Spirits on the Move

28 March 2014

While many drinks companies have highlighted Africa as a continent that offers huge potential, the region is not without its well-documented perils and pitfalls. Most notable among these is the logistical challenge of a continent that, broadly speaking, has a weak and under-developed infrastructure.

Comment - Cider - Education the Key to Global Success

27 March 2014

Cider is having a bit of a moment in the sun. In the US, the category - which is called 'hard cider' - is continuing to see surging growth (albeit from a tiny base), while the same story is being repeated in Australia.

Just On Call - Polish headache awaits, but Stock Spirits upbeat on years ahead

27 March 2014

Stock Spirits has said it expects its performance in Poland to struggle in the first part of 2014, although the longer-term prognosis in the country remains strong.

UK: Stock Spirits' profits hit by IPO costs in 2013, but sales climb

27 March 2014

Stock Spirits has seen one-off costs, predominantly from its IPO last year, hit the bottom line in 2013.

CHINA: Constellations Brands eyes ten-fold Robert Mondavi sales boost with China deal

26 March 2014

Constellation Brands is to expand the Chinese distribution of its Robert Mondavi wine brand with a new partnership in the country.

CHINA: Tsingtao Brewery Co see FY profits rise - reports

26 March 2014

Tsingtao Brewery Co has seen a healthy rise in full-year profits and gained market share, according to reports.

PROWEIN: Maison Sichel targets China growth after record year

25 March 2014

Wine merchant Maison Sichel is to up its focus on China after a record year in the country.

just the Answer: Heineken's Asia-Pacific president, Roland Pirmez

24 March 2014

Roland Pirmez was president of Asia Pacific Breweries before Heineken took full control of the joint venture in 2012. He now combines that role with heading up Heineken's Asia Pacific division. just-drinks sat down up with the Belgian just before he delivered a presentation to investors in London on Friday (21 March).

CHINA: Heineken breaks ground on new brewery

24 March 2014

Heineken has started construction on a third Chinese brewery as it aims to secure stronger margins in the high-growth market.

AFRICA: Beer growth in Africa to leapfrog Asia - study

24 March 2014

Africa is expected to overtake Asia as the fastest-growing global beer market within the next five years, helped by economic development, expanding populations and rising wages, according to a new report.

JAPAN/CHINA: Suntory, China Huiyuan Juice Group agree JV

21 March 2014

Suntory has revealed plans to set-up a joint venture in China with China Huiyuan Juice Group to boost its soft drinks sales in the country.

Analysis - Alcohol a bright spot for pessimistic Russia

19 March 2014

A note from Bernstein this week has highlighted an increasingly pessimistic mood among Russian consumers.

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