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CHINA: Pernod Ricard plays down targeted China approach

30 May 2007

Pernod Ricard has played down reports that it'll be targeting higher income households in China.

Just the answer – Beam Global Scotch whisky

17 May 2007

Beam’s acquisition of Teacher’s and Laphroaig may not have attracted as much attention as some other elements of the Allied Domecq sell-off but as Michael Cockram, Scotch brand director at Beam Global Spirits & Wine, makes clear in this month’s Just the Answer interview, the US-based company is committed to making its mark in the Scotch whisky sector.

GLOBAL: Ballantine’s makes ‘impressive’ investment

17 May 2007

Chivas Brothers has launched an extensive campaign to promote its entire Ballantine’s Scotch whisky range internationally.

GLOBAL: Smirnoff heads up 2007 'Power 100' chart - again

8 May 2007

Diageo's vodka brand Smirnoff has held the top spot in this year's 'Power 100' league of drinks brands. The 2007 chart of the most powerful drinks brands, compiled by brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business, saw little change in the top ten, with Pernod Ricard's Ballantine's and Chivas Regal brands swapping places.

Indian budget blow should not dampen Scotch spirits

27 Mar 2007

In spite of the news that the Indian government has once again eschewed tariff reform, Richard Woodard sees plenty of export growth potential for Scotch whisky, both in emerging and established markets. However, worries remain over the decline in the blended whisky category and the spread of cut-throat discounting from the blended sector to malts.

FRANCE: Spirited growth buoys upbeat Pernod

8 Mar 2007

Pernod Ricard has reported a 20% leap in underlying first-half profits thanks to a strong performance from its spirits brands.

FRANCE: Bullish Pernod ups sales forecast

25 Jan 2007

Pernod Ricard has upped its forecast on annual sales growth after posting a healthy set of half-year figures today (25 January). The French drinks giant, owner of brands including Chivas Regal Scotch whisky, Beefeater gin and Jacob’s Creek wine, said it expects sales to rise over 6% during the 12 months to 30 June.

Blending in: the malt with dual personality

18 Jan 2007

Blended malt is often regarded as the ‘mongrel’ of the Scotch category, but it is clearly a growth area. Some consider the combination of the kudos of malt with the brand-friendly flexibility of blends to be a winning formula. Richard Woodard is not so sure.

ASIA-PACIFIC: Ballantine's golf campaign extended

19 Dec 2006

The success of a golf promotion in four Asian airports has seen Ballantine’s line up further campaign around the world.

GLOBAL: Ballantine's arrival prompts Jameson price hike

7 Dec 2006

Pernod Ricard plans to increase the price of Irish whiskey brand Jameson in the coming months.

FRANCE: Orangina Schweppes appoints marketing director

30 Nov 2006

Orangina Schweppes has appointed Hughes Pietrini as marketing director.

US: Chivas adds to Glenlivet collection

9 Nov 2006

Chivas Brothers has unveiled the seventh release from its Cellar Collection for the distillery’s flagship malt whisky, The Glenlivet, with the issue of a 1969 vintage.

UK: Chivas launches festive whisky gift packs

7 Nov 2006

Chivas Brothers has embarked on a global launch of a series of Christmas gift ideas for its flagship Scotch whisky brands.

Pernod undaunted by Ballantine’s challenge

1 Nov 2006

Pernod Ricard has a good record of turning brands around, and is likely to need all that experience to revive the flagging fortunes of ex-Allied Domecq Scotch whisky Ballantine’s. Brand director Peter Moore made no bones about the task facing the company when he discussed the brand’s future with Dean Best.

FRANCE: Pernod's spirits lifted during mixed quarter

26 Oct 2006

Pernod Ricard has its spirits portfolio to thank as it posted a 9% rise sales during its first quarter.

UK: Chivas completes Ballantine's investment

6 Oct 2006

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and gin arm of Pernod Ricard, has completed the first step of its plan to “revitalise” its Ballantine’s brand.

UK: Ballantine's names master blender

2 Oct 2006

Ballantine’s has appointed a new master blender.

SOUTH KOREA: Diageo claims whisky lead - report

16 Aug 2006

Diageo has taken top spot in South Korea’s whisky market, according to local reports.

FRANCE: Pernod FY sales leap, Allied showing mixed

27 Jul 2006

Pernod Ricard has reported an expected boost to full-year sales from its integration of Allied Domecq but the performance of former Allied brands remains mixed.

Pernod's Allied forces - one year on

27 Jul 2006

The announcement of Pernod Ricard’s full-year sales figures this week coincided with the first anniversary of the company’s acquisition of Allied Domecq. Olly Wehring takes a look at the performances of Pernod’s brands – old and new – and looks at what the future holds for them.

SOUTH KOREA: Pernod plans marketing drive

11 Jul 2006

Pernod Ricard is to embark on a marketing drive in South Korea as it looks to boost its presence in the Asian market after last year’s takeover of Allied Domecq.

GLOBAL: Spirits sector polarisation grows - research

6 Jun 2006

The global spirits industry continued to polarise last year, according to a new report.

UPDATE: UK: Smirnoff named "world's most powerful" spirits brand

8 May 2006

Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka topped a poll of the world’s most powerful wine and spirits brand because of its global distribution and its appeal to consumers of all ages, a leading brand consultant has said.

UK: Smirnoff named "world's most powerful" spirits brand

8 May 2006

Smirnoff has today (8 May) been named the world’s most powerful spirit brand, in a survey outlining the top 100 wine and spirits on the planet.

UK: Chivas Brothers expands Ballantine's team

21 Mar 2006

Chivas Brothers has announced a raft of appointments for the Ballantine’s Scotch whisky brand.

CANADA: Corby renews Allied Domecq agreement

31 Aug 2004

Corby Distilleries has renewed its agency, bottling, and administrative service agreements with Allied Domecq and will continue selling brands such as Kahlua and Malibu under current commercial terms.

SINGAPORE: AD in court over golf tournament

5 Feb 2004

Allied Domecq Singapore is being sued for S$10.4m for allegedly backing out of an agreement to sponsor a golf tournament.

UK: AD issues upbeat figures but dollar could hit

2 Feb 2004

Allied Domecq has announced that trading for the first four months of its current financial year has been strong in most areas of the business.

Allied fails to convince despite solid year

28 Oct 2003

Investor doubts about Allied Domecq's future and a fall in shareprice have once again overshadowed some impressive brand performances in its full year results. Chris Brook-Carter reports on where Allied is failing to convince.

Allied grabs the headlines

2 Sep 2003

The question of Allied Domecq's future within drinks industry consolidation has once again raised its head. Chris Brook-Carter looks at this reoccurring theme and suggests it may be sometime before the city's thirst for a deal is satiated.

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