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Diageo closes in on RTD, Guinness South Africa partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev's SAB

19 Jul 2019

Diageo has moved a step closer to a licensing deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev for its RTD and Guinness brands in South Africa.

Why the next chapter for Scotch whisky has its challenges - Comment

18 Jul 2019

The recent rule changes in Scotch maturation introduced by the Scotch Whisky Association go some way to appealing to the creativity of today's forward-thinking distillers. However, is the general public ready for Scotch 2.0 or, for that matter, does the consumer even want it? Neil Ridley delves into the casks to see what's slumbering away.

The ethical investor is here, how second-quarter reporting season is shaping up and the troubles ahead for Anheuser-Busch InBev - The just-drinks Analyst

16 Jul 2019

Returning to just-drinks for his monthly look at our industry from an investor's perspective, our in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, flags the growing presence of ethical investment decisions. He also looks at what to expect from the latest round of quarterly results and the likelihood of alarm bells ringing at Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Diageo unveils bridesmaid cocktail kit for Ketel One vodka push

16 Jul 2019

Diageo has teamed up with US mail-order cocktail kit firm Cocktail Courier for a Ketal One vodka campaign that targets the upcoming wedding season.

Westward American whiskey makes Asian debut

15 Jul 2019

US craft distiller Westward has lined up the launch of its namesake American single malt whiskey in Singapore.

Diageo raids Coca-Cola Co for new CCO

12 Jul 2019

Diageo has appointed a former senior employee at The Coca-Cola Co as its new chief commercial officer.

"Taking pricing on your core trademarks is part of the premiumisation journey" - just-drinks meets Beam Suntory CEO Albert Baladi - Part II

11 Jul 2019

In the first part of our interview with Beam Suntory's CEO, which was published earlier this week, Albert Baladi talked broadly about the group, its strategy going forward and how Beam intends to grow. Here, in part two, we look at the company's portfolio and the positioning of and prospects for its major brands.

Will China bite again to tarnish Chapoulaud-Floquet's Remy Cointreau legacy? - just-drinks thinks

10 Jul 2019

Is Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, who announced yesterday she will leave her post as Remy CEO at the end of the year, a contender for the spirits industry's luckiest leader? Or did the former cosmetics industry executive, who oversaw a remarkable turnaround in Remy's fortunes, set the blueprint for how a modern spirits company should be run?

Diageo teams Captain Morgan with Major League Soccer in US - Rum in US data

10 Jul 2019

Diageo has signed a sponsorship deal in the US that will see its Captain Morgan rum brand assume ‘official spiced rum’ status with Major League Soccer.

Diageo gets behind "game-changer" highball with global Johnnie Walker campaign

10 Jul 2019

Diageo is to launch a global drive for the whisky highball that includes investment behind Johnnie Walker signature serves.

World Spirits Alliance trade organisation comes into being

10 Jul 2019

A raft of spirits companies and trade organisations have combined forces to create a worldwide trade association for the spirits category.

Stoli Group names former Bacardi executive Matthias Knoll as international head

9 Jul 2019

SPI Group's global spirits unit, Stoli Group, has named former Bacardi and Patron executive Matthias Knoll as its new head of non-US & Canada markets.

Kweichow Moutai takes seat among FMCG elite with top 50 entry

8 Jul 2019

Baijiu distiller Kweichow Moutai has muscled its way onto a list of the world's leading FMCG companies after boosting sales by 25% last year.

Isle of Arran Distillers unveils new Scotch whisky distillery

3 Jul 2019

Isle of Arran Distillers has opened a second Scotch whisky distillery on its home island.

Diageo's "peak innovation" belies more selective approach to NPD - Focus

3 Jul 2019

Yesterday, Diageo presented some of its newer spirits and beer launches to the media in an innovation showcase at the company's London city centre headquarters. In a wide-ranging presentation, Diageo's global head of innovation, Michael Ward, talked about the importance of recruiting new consumers - and keeping current ones - through the group's product pipeline.

Diageo takes subtle approach to lower sugar amid "seismic shift" in consumer tastes

2 Jul 2019

Diageo is using flavours and botanicals to lower sugar levels in its drinks as consumers get a taste for non-sweetened alcohol, according to the company's head of research & development.

Diageo hails "healthy tension" in Scotch whisky rule change

2 Jul 2019

Diageo's global head of innovation has welcomed a rule change on Scotch whisky production, describing the move as an example of the "healthy tension" between tradition and consumer demands.

Diageo's Talisker Bodega Series - Talisker 1978 Vintage - Product Launch

2 Jul 2019

Diageo’s Talisker single malt Scotch whisky brand has released details of the second iteration in its annual Bodega Series.

Don Suenos Tequila announces Charlie Sheen as co-owner

1 Jul 2019

Tequila maker Don Sueños has named actor Charlie Sheen as its new co-owner in a move that continues the trend for celebrity spirits endorsements.

Diageo's Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series - Product Launch

1 Jul 2019

Diageo has launched a GTR-exclusive range of Johnnie Walker whiskies that aims to highlight Scotland’s four main whisky producing regions.

Responsible drinking activations around the world - The IARD Digest - June 2019

28 Jun 2019

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, reviews some of the industry activities designed to promote a more responsible role for alcohol in society. Here's a look at what's been going on in recent weeks.

Baijiu retains stranglehold on world's most valuable spirits brands list - data

27 Jun 2019

Baijiu dominates the list of the world's most valuable spirits brands, occupying the top four places of the latest top 50 compiled by brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance.

Diageo teams up with advertisers, digital media to launch online safety alliance

19 Jun 2019

Diageo is one of 16 global advertisers to launch an alliance that aims to protect both consumers and brands from online safety issues such as hate speech and bullying.

The Coca-Cola system on the mend, the growing reluctance to drink and the good old days for analysts- The just-drinks Analyst

18 Jun 2019

Every month, Ian Shackleton, just-drinks' resident analyst, takes a look at the drinks industry through an investor lens. Here, he considers the improving relationship between The Coca-Cola Co and one of its bottlers, the cooler relationship between younger consumers and alcohol and how the drinks industry used to live.

Diageo readies latest local bars push in US for Seagram’s 7 Crown whiskey - market data

17 Jun 2019

Diageo has partnered its Seagrams 7 Crown whiskey with rock band The Kills to promote the brand’s second annual National Dive Bar Day in the US.

Diageo pulls out of London Irish rugby sponsorship over player transfer

14 Jun 2019

Diageo has cancelled a decades-long Guinness sponsorship of London Irish after the English rugby union team signed a player who stood trial for rape.

Blended Scotch sales & volumes in UK to fall 4% by 2022 - data

12 Jun 2019

The blended Scotch category will remain under pressure in the UK over the next three years, a new report has said, with sales and volumes expected to decline.

Diageo’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Partizan Brewing's aperitif-style beers - Product Launch

12 Jun 2019

Diageo has brought together its Guinness Open Gate Brewery project with UK craft brewer Partizan Brewing to release three new beers, targeted at the aperitif drinking occasion.

Why brown spirits is behind the low- & no-alcohol curve - Comment

11 Jun 2019

With the booming trend of no-abv white 'spirits', Neil Ridley wonders whether the dark spirits sector will follow suit and who will be the first to really crack the potentially flavoursome formula.

Diageo to meet London Irish rugby club over transfer "concerns"

11 Jun 2019

Diageo has said it will meet with representatives of a UK rugby team it sponsors after the club signed a player who last year was acquitted of rape.

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