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Have spirits companies forgotten the mainstream?

It's the last thing the English language needs, but could a companion term to the verbally-ugly 'premiumisation' pass into everyday use in t...

ISFAR Review 198

Members of the ISFAR recently considered an important critique of nearly 2m people, which confirmed the J-shaped association of moderate alc...

Does alcohol accelerate the onset of dementia?

A number of epidemiologic studies have found that light-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lower risk of developing dementia an...

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Latest Interviews

Interview, Wemyss Malts MD William Wemyss 10 Apr 2017

Lucy Britner

Late last month, Wemyss Malts announced plans to move its Darnley's gin production to its own, newly-created facility in Scotland. The gin, which launched in 2010, is currently produced at Thames Distillers in London.  At the same time, the firm announced that it has dropped 'View' from the brand name and rolled out fresh packaging as well as a Navy Strength version of its Spiced Gin brand. just-drinks sat down with Wemyss Malts founder and managing director William Wemyss in Edinburgh to find out why being "made in Scotland" is important.


Interview - Marie Brizard CEO Jean-Noël Reynaud 5 Apr 2017

Andy Morton

In 2013, Belvedere entered administration after falling into debt thanks to its purchase of the Marie Brizard liqueurs brand. Four years later, the French spirits company - renamed Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits - is debt free. What's more, its William Peel Scotch whisky has just become the top-selling spirits brand in France. Couple that with an entry into China and you have a company back on the up. just-drinks spoke to Marie Brizard's CEO since 2014, Jean-Noël Reynaud, about how he has turned the firm around by shunning premiumisation, as well as the benefits of Brexit. We also asked: Whatever happened to Bruce Willis?

Latest News

BrewDog moves into spirits with LoneWolf launch 27 Apr 17

Andy Morton

BrewDog has unveiled details of its spirits venture, LoneWolf, which comprises a gin and a vodka as the Scottish craft brewer expands beyond the beer category.


Edrington rolls out Highland Park pack upgrade 27 Apr 17

Olly Wehring

Edrington has unveiled a pack overhaul for its Highland Park Scotch whisky brand, with two expressions gaining "sub brand names".


Twisted Halo's Twisted Halo - NPD 27 Apr 17

Andy Morton

New UK producer Twisted Halo has launched a low-calorie alcoholic RTD.


Edrington's Highland Park Valkyrie - NPD 27 Apr 17

Lucy Britner

Edrington has released the first whisky in a new series of 'special editions'. Valkyrie, which launched at an event in Denmark today, is part of the firm's new Viking Legend series. The collection will comprise three whiskies. 


Marie Brizard 2017 profits jump - results 27 Apr 17

Olly Wehring

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has posted a double-digit leap in net profits from 2016, but has seen its first quarter this year hampered by destocking.


Moet Hennessy unaffected by LVMH Dior buy 26 Apr 17

Olly Wehring

The takeover of Christian Dior by LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton, announced yesterday, is unlikely to bring the Moet Hennessy division into play on an M&A basis, just-drinks understands.

Latest blogs

The (temporary) return of Paul Walsh to the drinks debate 27 Apr 17

Andy Morton

Paul Walsh just can't stay away from the drinks industry.


When life gives you lemons, make soap 9 Feb 17

Lucy Britner

Bacardi's 42 Below vodka brand has found a novel way to use the lemons left over from cocktail-making: Turn them into liquid soap.

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