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Richard Woodard

Richard WoodardBiography

A trained newspaper journalist, Richard Woodard was editor of the drinks trade magazine Wine & Spirit International from 2000 to 2005, responsible for writing, commissioning and producing a broad range of business-related content relevant to the international drinks industry.

He now works freelance and is a regular contributor to just-drinks.com, Decanter, The Spirits Business, The Drinks Business and Imbibe, among others.

Columns by Richard Woodard

Comment - Spirits - A Word with WoodardComment - Spirits - A Word with Woodard

Resident columnist and spirits know-it-all Richard Woodard provides his monthly take on the latest in the global white spirits industry.

Articles by Richard Woodard

Was Diageo wrong to sell the Bushmills Irish whiskey brand?What can the spirits industry learn from Diageo? - Comment 8 November 2017

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Diageo's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the takeaways for the wider spirits industry.


The latest gin insights report from just-drinks and The IWSR was published this weekWhat does the future hold for the global gin category? - Research in Focus 2 November 2017

The continuing global gin boom is beginning to shift and evolve, with growth accelerating in second-tier markets across Western Europe and beyond, according to the latest Global Gin Insights report from just-drinks and the IWSR.


The latest gin insights report from just-drinks and The IWSR was published this weekGin growth to 2021 driven by unusual suspects – research 2 November 2017

The ongoing expansion of the global gin market is set to accelerate over the next five years, according to new research from just-drinks and the IWSR, as the category boom takes hold in a raft of second-tier markets.


Brown-Forman performance trends 2013-17 - results data 24 October 2017

In mid-June, Brown-Forman released its full-year results for fiscal-2017. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of April dip by 3% as profits came in down compared to the year-prior, when the bottom-line was boosted by a one-off divestment. Here, just-drinks considers Brown-Forman's performance over the past five years and looks at what lessons the wider spirits industry can learn from the group's recent history.


What lessons can other spirits companies learn from Brown-Forman's recent adventures?What can the spirits industry learn from Brown-Forman? - Comment 24 October 2017

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Brown-Forman's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the takeaways for the wider spirits industry.


The latest joint-report from just-drinks and The IWSR looks at the international, non-Scotch whisky segmentWhat are the growth prospects like for international whisk(e)y? - Research in Focus 26 September 2017

The robust growth of the huge international whisk(e)y category is set to continue in the coming years, driven by generational shifts, helpful cultural associations and the dominant (in volume terms) Indian whisky category. But, after hitting 307m cases in volume sales in 2016 and adding more than 46m cases over the past five years, growth will moderate slightly in the 2016-2021 period, reaching 350m-plus cases at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +2.9%.


The latest joint-report from just-drinks and The IWSR looks at the international, non-Scotch whisky segmentInternational whisky segment's "global renaissance" limited only by supply - research 26 September 2017

The vast and diverse international whisky category is set to continue its recent growth trajectory, latest research has concluded, driven in particular by the bright medium- and long-term prospects for Indian whisky.


Remy Cointreau told Barclays' analysts it has high hopes for Remy Martin in the USHow the new business environment is hampering big drinks companies - Analysis 13 September 2017

Consumer goods - including alcohol and soft drinks - are approaching a "challenging crossroads", according to one analyst group, thanks to a number of factors including the growing mistrust of big brands.


Paul Schaafsma left Accolade Wines just over a year agoEx-Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma returns to the wine fold with Invivo 12 September 2017

Former Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma has been named as a director of New Zealand crowd-funded wine producer Invivo.


 Pernod Ricard  purchased a majority stake in Del Maguey mezcal last monthWhy big spirits firms are willing to pay for potential - Comment 27 July 2017

This month, spirits columnist Richard Woodard takes a closer look at why the world's largest spirits firms are investing in relatively small brands. 


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