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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

Skinny Lager launches in Australia at the start of OctoberSkinny Brands takes namesake low-carb lager brand to Australia 24 September 2018

Skinny Brands has expanded the international footprint of its flagship Skinny Lager brand with plans to begin exports to Australia from 1 October.

Vinexpo Bordeaux will set up in a new hall next year as the usual hall, pictured, undergoes rennovationsVinexpo Bordeaux moves to new hall for 2019 21 September 2018

A new exhibition hall and a number of new features are promised for next year’s Vinexpo Bordeaux trade fair, the 20th since the event was founded 37 years ago.

Infinium Spirits has released Seagram’s Tropical Pineapple VodkaInfinium Spirits’ Seagram’s Tropical Pineapple Vodka - Product Launch 21 September 2018

Infinium Spirits’ Seagram's vodka brand is hoping to capitalise on the vogue for fruit flavours in the US with the launch of Seagram's Tropical Pineapple Vodka.

The latest joint report from just-drinks and The IWSR, covering the Scotch whisky category, was published this weekScotch set for healthy returns in years to come - research 19 September 2018

Global sales of Scotch whisky ended four years of decline with a slight increase in 2017, and the category is poised for a bright future thanks to a blends resurgence, according to new research.

How can Scotch whisky build on 2017 growth in the years to come? - Research in Focus 19 September 2018

Last year's recovery in Scotch whisky sales, although marginal, was a welcome one - but the category still faces multiple challenges, from engaging with consumers in mature markets to managing restricted stocks of single malt.

Earlier this summer, just-drinks and The IWSR published their latest joint report, looking at the global gin categoryNo end in sight for UK gin growth - figures 18 September 2018

Combined domestic and export sales of UK gin have more than doubled in the last five years, according to figures released today.

Diageo's Distill Ventures has bought an unspecified stake in Oregon's Westward American Single Malt WhiskeyDiageo incubator unit makes US whiskey play through Westward American Single Malt 13 September 2018

American single malt whiskey Westward has become the latest brand to join Distill Ventures, the Diageo-backed incubator for spirits entrepreneurs.

US-China trade war fails to hamper US wine exports in H1 - figures 13 September 2018

US wine exports rose 2.7% in value terms in the first half of 2018, according to figures released this week, reaching a total of US$708m thanks to a double-digit increase in shipments to China.

UNESDA launches soft drinks sustainability targets for Europe 13 September 2018

Europe-wide soft drinks trade body UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has announced a series of targets aimed at making the plastic packaging of soft drinks more sustainable.

Glaceau Smartwater is among Coca-Cola's brands sponsoring the English Premier LeagueCoca-Cola Co sponsors English Premier League 13 September 2018

The UK arm of The Coca-Cola Co is embarking on a portfolio-wide sponsorship deal with Premier League football, starting in January 2019.

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