Comment - Spirits - A Word with Woodard

Comment - Spirits - A Word with Woodard

By: Richard Woodard

Resident columnist and spirits know-it-all Richard Woodard provides his monthly take on the latest in the global white spirits industry.



Is craft spirits approaching a reset moment? - Comment 4 Dec 2018

The recent bankruptcy filing by Death's Door Spirits Co in the US has prompted spirits commentator Richard Woodard to look more closely at the craft end of the category. Is reality starting to bite?


Why spirits brands lists warn that the Chinese are coming - Comment 6 Nov 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.


Why the usual vodka suspects will have to sit out the short-term in the US - Comment 2 Oct 2018

What are the prospects for vodka in the category's vital US market? Spirits commentator Richard Woodard takes us back, to look forwards.


Why is gin flattering to deceive in the US? - Comment 6 Aug 2018

Scanning just-drink's NPD section would suggest a new gin brand is launched every day. The segment is the place to be and everyone knows it. Except, it would seem, the Americans among us. Richard Woodard delves deeper into a market that is not performing for gin like pretty much everywhere else is.


Will Diageo's American Anthem make vodka great again? - Comment 1 Jun 2018

Monday this week was Memorial Day in the US, a federal holiday in honour of those killed while serving in the country's armed forces. Thanks to a recent product launch from Diageo, consumers were also encouraged to raise a patriotic glass of vodka in their memory. But, can American Anthem make vodka great again? Richard Woodard is sceptical.


Falling out with flavour - when is a gin not a gin? - Comment 3 May 2018

As more companies launch so-called 'flavoured gins', Richard Woodard considers the rules around gin production and the impact of the flavour trend on the gin category.


Maintaining consumer trust in the social media age - Comment 10 Apr 2018

Consumers are suffering a "crisis of trust" when it comes to corporate entities, according to recent research. Spirits commentator Richard Woodard looks at how Diageo is faring with consumers, at a time when social media makes it all too easy to offend them.


What can the spirits and wine industries learn from Moet Hennessy? - Comment 26 Mar 2018

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


When spirits companies cut their marketing budgets, why not increase yours? - Comment 27 Feb 2018

Spirits commentator Richard Woodard will have been relieved to see the back of The Winter Olympics last weekend. He now has the time to ponder companies' marketing spends... and to run his rule over Pernod Ricard's latest - somewhat risqué - activation for Absolut.


What's coming up in spirits in 2018? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 30 Jan 2018

Rounding off our series of category forecasts for the year ahead, white spirits commentator Richard Woodard looks at what 2018 has in store for gin, Tequila, rum, vodka ...


What can the spirits and wine industries learn from Pernod Ricard? - Comment 15 Jan 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.


What can the spirits industry learn from Diageo? - Comment 8 Nov 2017

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Diageo's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the takeaways for the wider spirits industry.


What can the spirits industry learn from Brown-Forman? - Comment 24 Oct 2017

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Brown-Forman's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the takeaways for the wider spirits industry.


Why big spirits firms are willing to pay for potential - Comment 27 Jul 2017

This month, spirits columnist Richard Woodard takes a closer look at why the world's largest spirits firms are investing in relatively small brands. 


Why the spirits brands of the past should be wary of the future - Comment 6 Jul 2017

When your brand is steeped in history, how do you make it relevant to the consumers of today, without diluting that long-held cachet? Richard Woodard considers the dilemma facing the likes of Gruppo Campari's Grand Marnier and Remy Cointreau's Cointreau brands.


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