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"This is very much a craft brand within the portfolio" - just-drinks speaks to Moet Hennessy's founder & brand director for Eminente Reserva rum, Camille de Dominicis

24 Feb 2021

Having announced the addition of a Cuban rum to its portfolio last year, Moet Hennessy has added more details to the roll-out of Eminente Reserva this month. Following the news, just-drinks caught up with brand director Camille de Dominicis to hear more about the group's venture into Pernod Ricard and - more recently - Diageo territory.

Why Diageo is winning the slow-and-steady Tequila race - comment

23 Feb 2021

Even for a spirits category that doesn't like to hurry, Diageo's success in Tequila has taken a while. Finally, the dividends of this slow and steady approach are being realised. Category commentator Richard Woodard has advice for those who have been quick to judge.

United Spirits to review mainstream brands

23 Feb 2021

Diageo-controlled United Spirits has launched a brand review of some low-value brands.

Moet Hennessy buys into Jay-Z's Armand de Brignac Champagne

22 Feb 2021

Moët Hennessy has acquired a 50% holding in US rapper and entrepreneur Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter's Armand de Brignac Champagne brand.

Diageo names next general counsel

22 Feb 2021

Diageo has announced a change of general counsel two weeks after rival Pernod Ricard revealed its own new top lawyer.

Diageo's Tanqueray 0.0% - Product Launch

22 Feb 2021

Diageo has added another major spirits brand to the roster of low- and no-alcohol expressions with the launch of Tanqueray 0.0%.

The Coca-Cola Co hands Hungary trial to AdeZ paper bottle - video

19 Feb 2021

An inter-industry battle to develop a paper beverage bottle has taken a major turn with the commencement of a consumer test-run by The Coca-Cola Co in Hungary.

Another North America president switch as Stoli Group welcomes ex-Diageo executive Harry Bigelow

19 Feb 2021

Stoli Group has confirmed a change of leadership for North America, in the latest round of the company's seemingly-annual executive review in the region.

Moet Hennessy Performance Trends 2016-2020 - results data

17 Feb 2021

In late-January, Moët Hennessy reported a 14% slide in full-year sales from 2020. Here, just-drinks picks through the wine & spirits group's performance over the past five years for the trends set to affect the company, specifically, and the global wine and spirits categories, more broadly.

Why Diageo needs to work on its presentation skills, Heineken's CEO is just so young and UK pubs ain't what they used to be - The just-drinks Analyst

16 Feb 2021

just-drinks' in-house analyst joins us again this month with perfect timing. Company results are flooding in and Ian Shackleton runs his beady eye over the latest numbers (and presentation skills) from Diageo as well as the figures (and young-ness of CEO) from Heineken. Ian also looks at the UK on-premise channel, once a healthy stomping ground for investors.

Diageo's Baileys Deliciously Light - Product Launch

16 Feb 2021

Diageo has launched a Baileys with 40% less sugar than the brand's flagship variant.

Moet Hennessy lifts curtain on Eminente Cuban rum

12 Feb 2021

Moet Hennessy has confirmed details of the European roll-out of its recently-launched Cuban rum brand, with Eminente Reserva positioned at the higher end, price-wise.

New Islay Scotch whisky distillery gets green light

11 Feb 2021

The Scottish island of Islay is to get an 11th Scotch whisky distillery after a proposed project was given clearance.

Pernod Ricard in H2 2020 - results preview

10 Feb 2021

On Thursday, Pernod Ricard will announce its results for the final six months of 2020, the group's fiscal-first-half. Late last year, the company reported a 5.6% fall in sales from the three months to the end of September. Here's a look at the news that is likely to have shaped Pernod's performance in the three months to the end of December.

Diageo releases Wrexham AFC Aviation Gin bottle in Ryan Reynolds tie-up

10 Feb 2021

Diageo has unveiled a limited-edition Aviation Gin bottle in the UK that celebrates brand co-investor Ryan Reynolds' purchase of lower-league Welsh football club Wrexham AFC.

Why Scotch whisky could take years to rebound in the US - comment

9 Feb 2021

A protracted trade dispute has blocked single malt Scotch whisky's access to the all-important US market at a time when the category desperately needs to demonstrate its relevance. As trends rapidly accelerate, this lack of visibility could damage Scotch for years to come, warns spirits commentator Amy Hopkins.

Diageo unites David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds, Sean 'Diddy' Combs in online spot - video

5 Feb 2021

Diageo has brought together three of its celebrity partners in a Super Bowl-themed online activation.

Diageo's Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale - Product Launch

5 Feb 2021

Diageo has launched a blackcurrant-flavoured version of gin brand Tanqueray in the UK.

Wine imports beat COVID woes in South Korea to overtake struggling beer - data

4 Feb 2021

Wine leapfrogged beer last year to become South Korea's most valuable imported alcohol category, new figures have shown.

Pernod Ricard rolls out recycled glass Absolut bottle

2 Feb 2021

Pernod Ricard has launched a bottle made from 60% recycled glass for its Absolut vodka brand.

Has the spirits category emerged stronger from COVID-19 fight? - analysis

1 Feb 2021

As the coronavirus rocked the alcohol industry last year, one question evaded a definitive answer; where will the pandemic hit hardest - in beer, wine or spirits?

"We're not shying off" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes

29 Jan 2021

Following on from Diageo's half-year results this week, just-drinks caught up with CEO Ivan Menezes to learn more about the group's 1% rise in sales from the six months to the end of December.

Beer, spirits brand owners join with online retailers to combat under-age alcohol sales

29 Jan 2021

Major alcohol brand owners including Beam Suntory, Diageo and Anheuser-Busch InBev have formed a new global organisation to limit online sales to under-age consumers.

Diageo rides US Tequila high as H1 sales grow - results data

28 Jan 2021

Tequila looks like being the antidote to consumers' COVID woes, with Diageo today reporting a 61% jump in half-year sales from its brands in the category.

Diageo receives Moet Hennessy's late US$220m dividend

28 Jan 2021

Diageo and LVMH have resolved their dispute over a delayed dividend payment from the jointly-owned Moët Hennessy business, totalling EUR181m (US$219.5m).

Sustainability decisions will shape the post-pandemic recovery - Sustainability Spotlight

21 Jan 2021

Ben Cooper looks at the likely predominating sustainability issues for drinks companies in 2021 as the world (hopefully) emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery begins.

Was 2020 what investors expected and will 2021 be what they expect? - The just-drinks Analyst

19 Jan 2021

Back for his first just-drinks outing of 2021, former beverages analyst Ian Shackleton considers how his stock of the year fared in 2020, who gets his backing this year and what the wider drinks industry will look like, come December.

What's coming up in aged spirits in 2021? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment

14 Jan 2021

This month, our category commentators are lining up to share with us their thoughts on how 2021 will shape their respective sectors. Here's our aged spirits expert, Amy Hopkins, with her take on the year ahead.

Diageo names new CFO as Kathy Mikells lines up exit

14 Jan 2021

Diageo CFO Kathy Mikells will step down later this year, the company has announced.

Diageo's Chase Distillery acquisition set for competition inquiry

11 Jan 2021

Diageo is working with competition authorities in the UK after the company's proposed purchase of Chase Distillery was earmarked for further investigation.

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