Blog: Rémy Cointreau - an invitation to join the speculation
Olly Wehring | 27 November 2006
Whilst a fair share of you were tucking into your turkey and pumpkin pie, Rémy Cointreau decided last week that Thanksgiving was the perfect time to drop its Maxxium bombshell.
Having been part of the distribution joint venture - along with The Edrington Group, Beam Global Spirits & Wine and V&S Group - since it was formed in 1999, Rémy has decided that it would be better off going it alone. The popular consensus is that the move is part of Rémy’s attempted seduction of a suitor to swoop in and carry the French company off into the sunset.
If you take a look here, you’ll see what one analyst had to say about the potential runners and riders. Of course, the drinks giants will also take a sniff around - as Pernod Ricard’s CEO, Patrick Ricard, told just-drinks earlier this year: “Everything that makes sense will be looked at - big or small, brown or white, wine or spirits. We will look at everything.” Diageo’s chief executive, Paul Walsh, would probably say exactly the same thing.
Pernod’s bases on Cognac and Champagne are pretty well covered, granted, but what of Diageo? The company has Hennessey Cognac in its portfolio, but only thanks to its 34% stake in Moët Hennessy. Diageo would not be drawn on its intentions in this area, but its Moët Hennessy relationship is very important to Diageo, particularly in China, where the French company plays a major part on the distribution front.
That said, would Moët Hennessy be interested in Rémy Cointreau? Sounds unlikely, I know. But then, how many of us can safely say that the only certainty in the drinks industry is certainty itself?
Rémy Cointreau will leave Maxxium in March 2009 - that’s plenty of time for the likes of just-drinks to speculate.
Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste....
PepsiCo created a stir last week with the news it is testing a product called Caleb's Kola, with some in the media claiming it was the beginning of a new “craft soda” category....
SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer. ...
Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo, SABMiller, the Scotch whisky category and the US wine market....
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- Comment - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka?
- Heineken to stay "active player" in beer M&A - CFO
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Beam Suntory, Edrington part ways in Travel Retail
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- Smirnoff Ice gets India launch