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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

Analysis - Heineken faces subdued Q2 amid tough comp's 23 April 2015

Heineken’s “solid progress” during the first quarter – to quote the words of CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer – could be checked temporarily over the next three months.


The Coca-Cola Co posted a rise in Q1 sales after what has been a tough time for the companyAnalysis - Is Coca-Cola Co “back on track” after brighter Q1? 23 April 2015

Management at the Coca-Cola Co clearly views 2015 as a “transition year” as the company’s strategic shift beds in, but analysts are already applauding the early impact.


BrewDog hopes to raise GBP25m from the crowd-funding exerciseBrewDog launches GBP25m crowd-funding attempt 22 April 2015

Independent craft beer business Brewdog is aiming to break its own crowd-funding record by raising GBP25m to fund the expansion of its brewery and bar division.


Brick Brewing will cancel the shares that it buys backBrick Brewing plans share cancellation 22 April 2015

Canadian craft beer business Brick Brewing Co has agreed a plan with the Toronto Stock Exchange to acquire and cancel about 5% of its shares.


Elements 8 revamps rum packaging 22 April 2015

Elements 8 has reworked the packaging of its entire namesake super-premium St Lucian rum range in a bid to reinforce its contemporary credentials.


Comment - Spirits - Will We Understand the Language of Rum? 21 April 2015

Gruppo Campari's decision to change the names of several rum brands in its Appleton Estate portfolio suggests that the segment may have stumbled on its own language. Does this mark the end of rum's reliance on the terminology used by Cognac and Scotch whisky? Richard Woodard delves deeper.


Kilchoman switches Gordon & Macphail for Pol Roger Portfolio in UK 21 April 2015

Islay single malt Scotch whisky producer Kilchoman has confirmed a change of distributor in the UK, from Gordon & Macphail to Pol Roger Portfolio.


Product Launch - Old Orchard Brands’ Old Orchard Healthy Balance Pineapple Orange, Peach Mango 21 April 2015

Old Orchard Brands has launched two new tropical variants in its Healthy Balance reduced-sugar juice drink range.


Production will start at Ball CorpBall Corp lines up new can plant in Mexico 21 April 2015

Ball Corp has announced plans to build a new two-line beverage can manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico.


Thatchers Cider is considering a move into ChinaThatchers Cider embarks on China fact-finding mission 21 April 2015

Thatchers Cider is embarking on a trip to China to explore the potential of the market – described by the UK company's MD as a “huge opportunity”.


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