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Recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada

17 Oct 2018

Canada has today (17 October) become the second country in the world to legalise the recreational use of cannabis.

Don't let complacency kill Global Travel Retail - Comment - TFWA 2018

16 Oct 2018

Change happens slowly in the Global Travel Retail channel. At this month's Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes, delegates were still discussing the same problems as two years ago - how to make money in a channel squeezed by the landlord/retailer/supplier model. The difference is, however, that two years ago, because of a backdrop of declining sales, there was a hardened sense in Cannes that "something needs to be done". This year, no such urgency exists. Global Travel Retail - right now - looks in pretty good shape.

From Diageo's Distill Ventures to Coca-Cola Amatil X - the just-drinks guide to incubator units, venture capital funds and start-up initiatives

11 Oct 2018

The last five years have seen a raft of drinks firms launch all kinds of venture capital funds, incubator units and start-up accelerators as they look to enter new categories or invest in new technologies.

Start-up frenzy continues as Coca-Cola Amatil buys into restaurant AI

10 Oct 2018

Coca-Cola Amatil has completed the second transaction from its incubator unit, with Amatil X buying into restaurant tech start-up TabSquare.

Kweichow Moutai crowned beverage champion in future-proof list

9 Oct 2018

China's Kweichow Moutai is the world's most future-proofed beverage company, according to a new global ranking.

Three cocktail trends for 2019 – Diageo's World Class bartender competition

8 Oct 2018

Consumers will continue to value quality over quantity when it comes to drinks, according to Diageo.

Will the drinks industry have a cannabis-inspired October? - Analysis

5 Oct 2018

We're approaching the first anniversary of Constellation Brands' move into the cannabis space. And, if drinks industry observers were excited then, they're even more excited now.

Diageo’s Ciroc Black Raspberry vodka - Product Launch

5 Oct 2018

Brand partners Diageo and Sean 'Diddy' Combs have announced Ciroc Black Raspberry, a new addition to the Ciroc vodka range.

Diageo executive resurfaces with cannabis company Trait Biosciences

4 Oct 2018

Former senior Diageo executive Peter McDonough has joined the board of Trait Biosciences, a Toronto-based bio-technology company operating in the nascent cannabis industry.

Diageo readies Seagram's 7 marketing push in the US

4 Oct 2018

Diageo-owned American whiskey brand Seagram's 7 has announced its first integrated marketing campaign in the US for more than a decade.

Small-batch offers way forward for Cognac in Asia Travel Retail - TFWA 2018

2 Oct 2018

Global spirits companies are turning to little-known Cognac brands to lure Asian consumers in the Global Travel Retail channel, as younger drinkers increasingly seek heritage and authenticity in the category.

Diageo recruits global gastronomer to push spirits with food

1 Oct 2018

Diageo has brought in an award-winning chef to help build more connections between its luxury portfolio and food occasions.

Diageo adds new US states, cities to localised Smirnoff campaign

28 Sep 2018

Diageo has launched the latest bottles in its limited-edition Smirnoff launch that links the vodka brand with the US's major cities and states.

What brewers need to be aware of before stepping into cannabis - Comment

25 Sep 2018

With brewers eyeing the cannabis industry with both interest and enthusiasm, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont has some words of warning for them, before they take their first steps into unknown territory.

Higher-price focus to grow Remy Cointreau ahead of spirits rivals - analyst

25 Sep 2018

Remy Cointreau's focus on the higher-end of the spirits category will result in a pace of growth to outpace its bigger rivals over the next five years, an analyst has forecast.

Market "volatility" unlikely to derail Diageo in fiscal-2019 - trading update

20 Sep 2018

Diageo is expecting its current fiscal year to deliver a sales lift in line with last year's 5% increase, as the group updated shareholders on the day of its AGM.

Data-capturing helping Diageo pinpoint experiential marketing success

19 Sep 2018

Diageo has introduced data-capture technology to gauge the success of its experiential marketing campaigns in Europe.

Diageo incubator unit makes US whiskey play through Westward American Single Malt

13 Sep 2018

American single malt whiskey Westward has become the latest brand to join Distill Ventures, the Diageo-backed incubator for spirits entrepreneurs.

Diageo's Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin & Soda - Product Launch

13 Sep 2018

Diageo's unit in Australia has followed the recent release of Gordon's Premium Pink Gin in the country with a gin and soda RTD for the brand.

Diageo's Special Releases 2018 - Cladach blended malt - Product Launch

12 Sep 2018

Diageo has announced the tenth and final whisky in this year's line-up of Special Releases: a blended malt called Cladach.

Why wine is dangerously exposed to the cannabis tidal wave - Comment

6 Sep 2018

just-drinks' regular wine commentator Chris Losh has been away this summer. While away, has he been smoking something? If he has, it's given him something to warn the global wine category about.

Diageo linked to Canadian cannabis move

24 Aug 2018

Diageo has declined to comment on a report linking the drinks giant with a pending entry into the cannabis market in Canada.

Are spirits brand owners driving Global Travel Retail customers to distraction? - Comment

23 Aug 2018

With the Global Travel Retail channel becoming such an important testing ground for new innovative expressions, have brown spirits brand owners found the perfect launch pad for NPD, or are they slowly but surely confusing consumers with mixed messages? Neil Ridley checks in for a nose around.

Diageo offers edible straws with RTDs in UK

17 Aug 2018

Diageo's UK unit has partnered with online retailer 31dover.com to offer a range of edible straws with its pre-mixed range in the country.

Will the sugar tax story pan out as expected? - Comment

16 Aug 2018

Four months on from the arrival of the tax on full-sugar soft drinks in the UK, category commentator Richard Corbett looks at what the numbers can tell us about its effect so far on the soft drinks industry.

Drinks brands should go "digitally native" - Diageo's Distill Ventures

8 Aug 2018

The alcohol industry should work to close the gap on other consumer product categories and create more digitally-native brands, Diageo's Distill Ventures incubator unit has warned.

Diageo's Captain Morgan Apple Smash - Product Launch

2 Aug 2018

Diageo has added another flavour to its Captain Morgan line up.

Diageo unveils tailored billboards triggered by weather

31 Jul 2018

Diageo has launched a new digital out-of-home ad campaign for five of its brands across London, with messages tailored to location, weather and time of day.

Diageo’s Smirnoff Moscow Mule - Product Launch

31 Jul 2018

Diageo has added another limited-edition flavoured Smirnoff vodka to its line-up: Smirnoff Moscow Mule, a ginger- and lime-infused vodka-based ready-to-mix product bottled at 30% abv.

Diageo's Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen - Product Launch

30 Jul 2018

Diageo has released the second in a series of special edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label whiskies.

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