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Cuba-US Normalisation: Bacardi, Pernod Winners?

The announcement late yesterday that Cuba and the US have started on the road to normalised relations will be of particular interest to two...

Review of the Year 2014 - Part IV: Spirits

It's that time of year when just-drinks takes a look back at the past 12 months. Here, in part three of our final management briefing of the...

Gin: Plymouth's from Plymouth, London's from...?

Pernod Ricard's decision this week to withdraw its support for the geographical indication (GI) 'Plymouth Gin' makes sense to me, but that s...

Comment - After Berkeley Tax, Battle for US Begins

The results are in - and it's bad news for the US soft drinks industry....

Latest Interviews

The just-drinks Interview - Portman Group CEO 23 May 2014

James Wilmore

Henry Ashworth has faced plenty of challenges since taking the reins at the Portman Group in 2011. Dealing with the fall-out from decisions by the group's independent complaints panel and the ever-agitating UK health lobby means life is rarely dull. Here, Ashworth talks to just-drinks' deputy editor James Wilmore about the watchdog's work, and a certain Scottish brewer.

just-drinks Interview - Irish Distillers' CEO - II 12 Sep 2013

James Wilmore

Last week, just-drinks caught up with Irish Distillers' CEO Anna Malmhake. Part one of the interview ran on Tuesday. Here, in the second and concluding part of the interview, Malmhake discusses Irish whiskey's image, Pernod's competitors in the category and the threat of alcohol legislation in Ireland.

Latest News

Bacardi, Pernod Ricard welcome US-Cuba deal 18 Dec 14

Olly Wehring

Bacardi and Pernod Ricard have each expressed their support for yesterday's agreement between Cuba and the US to normalise relations.

UK trade groups launch campaign to cut duty 15 Dec 14

Andy Morton

The UK spirits and wine industry has called for a 2% cut in duty as it launches a new campaign to highlight “sky-high” tax rates.

Slovenia withdraws soda tax proposal - report 11 Dec 14

Andy Morton

Slovenia has scrapped a proposed tax on soft drinks that business leaders claimed would have been an “additional burden” on the economy, according to a report.

Government crime unit to probe UK wine fraud 8 Dec 14

James Wilmore

The issue of wine fraud is moving up the UK political agenda after it emerged a newly-established unit of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to investigate the issue.

Wales eyes alcohol minimum pricing after new study 8 Dec 14

James Wilmore

The Welsh government has said it is still planning to introduce a minimum price on alcohol after a new report claimed it would save the country money and cut alcohol-related deaths.

Northern Ireland to go ahead with MUP plans 3 Dec 14

James Wilmore

Northern Ireland is moving ahead with plans for a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol based on what a minister has called “compelling” new evidence.

Latest blogs

A Kentucky whiskey that's not a Bourbon? Only in America... 20 Mar 14

Andy Morton

Diageo and Brown-Forman have been at loggerheads the past week over what is best for the Tennessee whiskey category.

Defining 'cost' - The duty + VAT calculator 21 Feb 14

Olly Wehring

From early April, the Government in the UK is implementing a ban on the sale of alcohol below cost.

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