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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

just-drinks and The IWSR's Global Vodka Insights report is available nowGlobal sales slide masks premium opportunity for vodka - research 6 March 2017

Global vodka sales are set for continued declines over the next five years, but the prospects for the premium-and-above price segments are brighter, according to recent research from just-drinks and The IWSR.


just-drinks and The IWSR's joint Global Cognac Insights report was published late last yearCognac set for future growth, with China and the US as engines - research 27 February 2017

The strong growth for Cognac is poised to continue in the coming years, according to recent research, driven by increased consumption in the US, China and the UK.


just-drinks and The IWSR's joint Global Gin Insights report was published late last yearPremium lift set to counter mainstream slump in global gin category - research 22 February 2017

The ongoing revival of the gin category in markets like the UK and Spain conceals a complex and fragmented global picture where overall consumption is still falling, according to the latest Global Gin Insights joint report from just-drinks and the IWSR.


The future looks bleak for the rum sector, according to just-drinks' joint-report with The IWSRRum sector braced for falling volumes in years ahead - research 16 February 2017

The global rum market is set to face a tough future, according to joint research from just-drinks and The IWSR, with volumes expected to slide over the next five years.


The latest Global Scotch insights report has been published this weekScotch set for strong global recovery, but Millennials turn away - research 9 February 2017

The "remarkably resilient" Scotch whisky category is poised to stage a strong recovery over the next few years, buoyed by a resurgent blends market and continued growth for single malts.


Vodka Essentials, giving you everything you need to know about the global vodka categoryThe Vodka Category - Everything you need to know - just-drinks Spirits Essentials 7 February 2017

As part of our Spirits Essentials series, just-drinks and The IWSR present a comprehensive guide to the vodka category. Sourced from the joint Global Vodka Insights report, published in December, we look at both market and category trends for vodka globally, the performance of the key brands, as well as the challenges facing the category going forward.


What does 2017 have in store for the white spirits sectors?What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 19 January 2017

Following on from Chris Losh's look at the year ahead for wine and Stephen Beaumont's consideration of the future for beer, Richard Woodard looks at how the white spirits segment is shaping up for 2017.


Here's all you need to know about the Cognac segment, in just-drinks' latest Spirits Essentials coverageThe Cognac Category - Everything you need to know - just-drinks Spirits Essentials 5 January 2017

As part of our Spirits Essentials series, just-drinks and The IWSR present a comprehensive guide to the Cognac category. Sourced from the joint Global Cognac Insights report, published in November, we look at both market and category trends for Cognac globally, the performance of the key brands, as well as the challenges facing Cognac going forward.


Is Cognac struggling to claim the middle ground?How can Cognac bridge the gap between China and the US? - Comment 5 January 2017

To coincide with the release of just-drinks latest Spirits Essentials coverage, Richard Woodard considers the dangers facing the Cognac segment if it continues to operate solely at the extremes of China and the US.


just-drinks has published its annual Confidence Survey todayDrinks industry braced for downbeat year ahead - just-drinks Confidence Survey 2017 5 January 2017

Drinks industry executives are in a more pessimistic mood at the dawn of 2017, according to the findings of the latest annual just-drinks Confidence Survey.


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