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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

The latest just-drinks/The IWSR joint-report looks at the RTD and cider categoriesHow the future is shaping up for RTDs & cider - Research in Focus 17 January 2018

Emerging markets increasingly hold the key to the future of the global RTD sector, but operators will need to display continued innovation and nimble reactions to fast-changing trends if they are to succeed.

just-drinks and The IWSR's Global RTD & cider insights report is published this monthRTD segment still strong, but growth set to slow - research 16 January 2018

RTDs remain one of the healthiest and most dynamic beverage sectors, but growth is decelerating as sales soften in the US, according to a new report.

Pernod Ricard performance trends 2013-17 - results data 15 January 2018

At the end of August, Pernod Ricard released results from its most recent fiscal year, the 12 months to the end of June. Sales in the period were up by almost 4% on the corresponding period a year earlier, breaking the EUR9bn barrier for the first time. Here, industry commentator Richard Woodard considers Pernod Ricard's performance over the past five years and looks at what lessons the wider wine and spirits industries can learn from the group's recent history.

The last five years have been consolidatory rather than acquisitive for Pernod RicardWhat can the spirits and wine industries learn from Pernod Ricard? - Comment 15 January 2018

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Pernod Ricard's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the takeaways for the wider spirits and wine industries.

just-drinks received 172 responses to the Confidence Survey 2018Sales Channels, Marketing and Sustainability - just-drinks' Confidence Survey 2018, Part IV 5 January 2018

We conclude our four-part review of the just-drinks Confidence Survey for 2018 with a look at the last eight questions. Among the topics discussed are domestic and export markets, sales channels and marketing spend.

just-drinks received 172 responses to the Confidence Survey 2018Growth, R&D and Trends - just-drinks' Confidence Survey 2018, Part III 4 January 2018

The third in our four-part review of the just-drinks Confidence Survey for 2018 looks at the answers to questions 8 to 14, which consider future growth opportunities, research & development and the trends that are just around the corner.?

just-drinks received 172 responses to the Confidence Survey 2018Outlook, Commodities and Brexit - just-drinks' Confidence Survey 2018, Part II 3 January 2018

In this, the second part of just-drinks' coverage of its annual confidence survey, we analyse the results from the first seven of the survey's 22 questions.

just-drinks received 172 responses to the Confidence Survey 2018The Executive Summary - just-drinks' Confidence Survey 2018, Part I 2 January 2018

Looking back to this time 12 months ago, it would be fair to say that last year's just-drinks Confidence Survey took place in the context of a volatile and rather uncertain global environment. Brexit, Trump, the ongoing threat of terrorism… it was hardly surprising, then, that we recorded escalating levels of pessimism in the global drinks industry, amid concerns about what might happen in the year ahead.

Vodka must "grow up" or face continued global struggles - research 18 December 2017

The vodka category is facing a number of challenges in markets around the world, from long-term decline in traditional destinations to threats from dynamic rival spirits sectors in Western countries, a new report warns.

The latest joint report from just-drinks and The IWSR, on the global vodka category , is available nowHow will the next five years treat the global vodka sector? - Research in Focus 18 December 2017

The global vodka category continues to experience mixed fortunes, with overall volumes persistently declining, but continued opportunities for higher-priced products, according to the latest joint report from just-drinks and the IWSR.

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