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A step forward in alcohol research? ISFAR 191

Observational epidemiologic studies relating alcohol consumption to health and disease have been remarkably consistent over many decades: li...

Craft spirits shake-out will be just the beginning

As just-drinks white spirits commentator, Richard Woodard, noted earlier this month, we are experiencing a latter-day Gin Craze. But, here i...

Cognac and the new world order - Analysis

Wines from the region of Cognac have been distilled and exported since around 1549. It's fair to say the industry has seen - and survived -...

How to verify a gin boom - Comment

There is a definite scent of juniper in the air. But how long will it last? Richard Woodard takes a closer look at the rise and rise of gin....

Latest Interviews

Interview, Hine Cognac int'l sales director 19 Jul 2016

Lucy Britner

Best known as a vintage Cognac specialist, privately-owned Hine last month released Bonneuil 2006, an expression that does not carry one of the category's traditional VS, VSOP or XO descriptors. As China - the most important market for Cognac in recent years - moves away from the XO-and-above Cognac segment, and the idea of 'craft' drives interest in the category's smaller houses, Hine's new international sales director, Per Even Allaire, tells just-drinks how the company plans to make the most of the new world order.


Interview II, Stewart Hainsworth, CEO, Halewood 14 Jul 2016

Lucy Britner

Having set out his strategy for Halewood Wine & Spirits and its international units in the first of this two-part interview with just-drinks, CEO Stewart Hainsworth today discusses getting the group's brands in order ahead of laying out plans for acquisitions and launches.

Latest News

UK's low-risk drinking guide "fails common sense" 26 Aug 16

Lucy Britner

Alcohol trade bodies in the UK have said the government's safe-drinking guidelines fail to provide consumers with a complete picture. 


Diageo revamps Gordon's gin bottle in UK 25 Aug 16

Lucy Britner

Diageo has redesigned its Gordon's gin bottle in the UK in an effort to give the brand a more contemporary, premium look. 


Pernod deal rescues Corby's FY 25 Aug 16

Andy Morton

A decline for Corby Spirit & Wine's core portfolio has failed to dent full-year performance as a renegotiated deal with Pernod Ricard boosted commissions for affiliate brands.


EU attacks Colombia over imported spirits tax rate 25 Aug 16

Keith Nuthall

The European Union (EU) has called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to establish a disputes panel to consider its claim that Colombia is breaking global trade rules over the country's alleged "discriminatory treatment" of imported spirits.


Beam Suntory's Bowmore 10 Year Old - NPD 25 Aug 16

Andy Morton

Beam Suntory is to launch a ten-year-old Bowmore single malt exclusively into European and Asia-Pacific Travel Retail.


Walsh Whiskey's Writers Tears Red Head - NPD 25 Aug 16

Andy Morton

Walsh Whiskey Distillery's Writers Tears Red Head Single Malt

Latest blogs

Drinking & Driving? Ford and Jose Cuervo's Tequila cars 19 Jul 16

Lucy Britner

A couple of months ago, US-based Saltwater Brewery developed 'edible six-pack rings' in an effort to curb threats to wildlife.


I'll drink what I want, Stoli, but make it easy, yeah? 11 Jul 16

Olly Wehring

Last month, SPI Group unveiled its latest advert for Stolichnaya in the US. Its an amusing little number that caries the instruction: Drink what you want. The “I am man” ad looks to distance Millennial men from notions of manliness and encourages them to plough their own furrow.

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