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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

Baijiu brands, such as Diageo's Shuijingfang, are never going to make it out west - are they?Why spirits brands lists warn that the Chinese are coming - Comment 6 November 2018

This month, our white spirits commentator has been looking at lists. Lots and lots of lists. His findings, from a spirits perspective, suggest we should keep one eye on China's baijiu producers - and not merely for competitive purposes.

The new International whiskies report from just-drinks and The IWSR was published this monthWhich international whiskies segments will challenge Scotch's dominance? - Research in Focus 5 November 2018

The future looks overwhelmingly bright for the huge international whisky category, but stock constraints continue to hamper growth, especially for Japanese and Irish whisky brands. The new Global International Whisky Insights 2018 report from just-drinks and The IWSR highlights this continuation of a purple patch of growth for non-Scotch whisky, which has moved from volumes of 270m cases in 2013 to almost 315m cases in 2017.

International whiskies set fair for healthy future - research 1 November 2018

Robust growth is set to continue in the years ahead for the vast and multi-faceted international whisky category, with US, Irish and Indian whiskies in particular poised to benefit.

Walsh Whiskey is to sponsor WhiskyCask through its Writers’ Tears - Copper Pot expressionConcha y Toro, Walsh Whiskey enter on-trend podcast world with sponsorship deals 10 October 2018

Beverage industry trends for sponsoring podcasts are ramping up as two more companies sign deals with audio content providers.

Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan is Japan's largest bottlerSummer floods leave Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan with US$74m bill 10 October 2018

Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan expects to take a JPY8.4bn (US$74.2m) hit from disruption caused by heavy rain and flooding in Japan in July this year.

Artisan Spirits' Cucielo Vermouth di TorinoArtisan Spirits’ Cucielo Vermouth di Torino - Product Launch 10 October 2018

Scottish-based spirits agency Artisan Spirits has launched its first owned brand, Cucielo Vermouth di Torino.

The Madrid store holds a collection of Johnnie Walker whiskies and the blend's constituent single maltsDiageo builds "immersive" Johnnie Walker store in Madrid 10 October 2018

Diageo-owned Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker is opening a new retail store in central Madrid next month, offering whisky sales and a range of "immersive" experiences.

Diageo's Smirnoff vodka disappeared from Interbrand's top 100 listSmirnoff, Moët & Chandon drop off most valuable brand list 9 October 2018

Several beverage products have slipped down a list of the world’s most valuable consumer brands, with Diageo's Smirnoff vodka and LVMH's Moët & Chandon Champagne exiting the rankings altogether.

Pernod Ricard has launched a number of tech innovations around its Malibu brand, including an Internet-connected bottlePernod Ricard opens Stockholm tech showcase for Malibu, Kahlúa 9 October 2018

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a "living lab" tech hub for its Malibu and Kahlúa brands designed to showcase exploration of new technologies such as augmented reality and NFC.

XXXBrewDog to build fully chilled supply chain as part of growth blueprint 9 October 2018

Craft brewer BrewDog has published a business manifesto of more than 30 initiatives designed to help the company develop over the next decade.

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