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just Five Years Ago - Belvedere Group's Bumpy Ride

Five years ago this week, French wine and spirits group Belvédère was embroiled in legal proceedings with creditors over the amount of debt...

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...

Comment - The Appeal and Perils of Craft

How are big, corporate companies tackling the global trend for all things craft? Watching the larger players across all drinks categories de...

Latest Interviews

Interview - Remy Cointreau liqueurs & spirits CEO 3 Dec 2014

Richard Woodard

Earlier this year, Panos Sarantopoulos was promoted by Remy Cointreau to head up its liqueurs & spirits division. Late last month, Richard Woodard travelled to France to meet him.

Interview: Bacardi's global rum category director 27 Nov 2014

Olly Wehring

Dmitry Ivanov was appointed global category director for rums at Bacardi in 2012. Earlier this month, editor Olly Wehring travelled to Puerto Rico to speak to him about the company's flagship white rum brand, where it went wrong in the past and Bacardi's hopes for its broader rum range going forward.

Latest News

just-drinks takes a festive break 23 Dec 14

James Wilmore

Well, that was 2014. We're taking a well-earned break here at just-drinks to enjoy the seasonal festivities.

Tequila set for export boost after record 2014 23 Dec 14

Andy Morton

Tequila exports are forecast to continue growing next year after new estimates showed they passed the US$1bn mark for the first time in 2014.

India's Kerala state to ease alcohol restrictions 23 Dec 14

Andy Morton

An Indian state that proposed a complete alcohol ban within ten years is to water down its plans after an industry backlash, according to reports.

Campari to bag EUR19m with "non-core" assets sale 22 Dec 14

James Wilmore

Gruppo Campari has agreed deals to sell its liqueur brand Limoncetta di Sorrento and the pharmaceutical unit of its J Wray & Nephew business for a total of around EUR19m (US$23m).

Pernod wins consent for Glenlivet upgrade 22 Dec 14

Andy Morton

Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard's Scotch whisky unit, has secured planning permission to expand its Glenlivet distillery.

Sparkling wine sales still shining in UK - figures 22 Dec 14

James Wilmore

Sparkling wine continues to be the star performer in the UK off- and on-trade in 2014, while the flavoured vodka category has endured mixed fortunes, according to latest figures.

Latest blogs

Season of goodwill? Not if you're the UK health lobby 15 Dec 14

James Wilmore

The UK health lobby is always very vocal on alcohol at this time of year, predictably so, and this year is no different.

Scotch whisky firms learn the value of leftovers 9 Dec 14

Andy Morton

Experimentation has long been a watchword in the Scotch whisky industry. It is what has given consumers the huge range of ageing options, from refill hogsheads to virgin oak to Sherry butts.

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