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Olly Wehring | 31 Aug 2017

In late-August, Pernod Ricard posted results for its fiscal-2017. Sales in the 12 months to the end of June increased by almost 4% year-on-year, as operating profits rose by just over 3%. Here, just-drinks breaks down the wine and spirits group's figures for the period by brand and by region.


Joe Bates | 23 Mar 2017

Next week sees the International Association of Airport & Duty Free Stores host its annual 'Duty Free Show of the Americas' in Orlando. But, this year's exhibition marks the end of an era. Joe Bates reports.


Olly Wehring | 9 Feb 2017

Earlier today, Pernod Ricard reported results for the first half of its fiscal-2017. Group sales rose by 4% in the six months to the end of December, while net and operating profits were up similarly. Here, just-drinks considers Pernod's results on a by-region and -brand basis.


Lucy Britner | 28 Aug 2015

Earlier this year, at its annual Capital Market Day presentations, Pernod Ricard earmarked the US and China as must-win "battlegrounds".

Latest Interviews

Olly Wehring | 16 Mar 2017

Last month, just-drinks spoke at length with Alex Ricard, the CEO of Pernod Ricard. In the first part of our exclusive interview, Ricard considered the group's recent performances in India and China. He also discussed the use of price both to grow sales and to drive premiumisation. Here, in part two, he looks at some of the group's more important brands, the strategy behind acquiring craft spirits companies, and the changes he has introduced to Pernod since becoming CEO two years ago.


Olly Wehring | 7 Mar 2017

Earlier this week, Bacardi unveiled its CEO succession plan that will see Mahesh Madhavan, the current regional president for Asia, Middle East & Africa, become regional president for Europe ahead of replacing Mike Dolan in April next year. In the first of just-drinks' exclusive two-part interview, Olly Wehring speaks to Madhavan about his career to-date, and looks at the mechanics of the succession plan.

Latest News

Lucy Britner | 8 Sep 2017

Bacardi and Diageo have been weighing the impact of Hurricane Irma, as the storm moves on through the Caribbean, towards Florida.


Olly Wehring | 5 Sep 2017

Pernod Ricard has expressed concern at the need to improve its group price/mix balance, after five of its six largest international brands posted negatives in the latest fiscal year.


Olly Wehring | 7 Mar 2017

Pernod Ricard has unveiled the second iteration of Havana Club’s Tributo collection.


Lucy Britner | 17 Oct 2016

Pernod Ricard has welcomed a move by the US government to relax rules around bringing Cuban rum back to the US. 


James Atkinson | 16 Aug 2016

Pernod Ricard has blocked an attempt by the owner of rum brand Ron Matusalem to trademark the phrase 'Matusalem The Spirit Of Cuba Libre' in Australia.


Lucy Britner | 17 Jun 2016

Pernod Ricard will roll out several brands in Cuba, as it looks to capitalise on the country's growing tourism trends.


Olly Wehring | 1 Jun 2016

Bacardi is looking to bolster the presence of its version of Havana Club in the US, through a broader roll-out programme and a brand extension.


Olly Wehring | 15 Mar 2016

Bacardi has updated its US legal filing from 2004 against Pernod Ricard over the Havana Club trademark in the country.


Olly Wehring | 29 Feb 2016

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a super-premium, limited edition iteration of its Havana Club rum brand.


Olly Wehring | 1 Feb 2016

Bacardi has filed a Freedom of Information Act request in the US, after the country's authorities granted licence for Pernod Ricard to renew its registration of the Havana Club trademark in the country.


Olly Wehring | 18 Jan 2016

Bacardi has attacked the US authorities for granting licence for Pernod Ricard to renew its registration of the Havana Club trademark in the country, with Bacardi maintaining that it is "the legitimate owner of the brand".


Olly Wehring | 18 Jan 2016

Pernod Ricard's Cuban JV partner has renewed its registration of the Havana Club trademark in the US following the granting of a "specific licence" from the country's Office of Foreign Assets Control.


Lucy Britner | 17 Aug 2015

Cocktail bitters company The Bitter Truth has added a cucumber bitters to its range.


Olly Wehring | 14 Aug 2015

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Olly Wehring | 3 Jul 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.


Andy Morton | 30 Jun 2015

Pernod Ricard has said the company will have enough Havana Club for its core German market even if the US drops an import ban on the rum brand.


Keith Nuthall | 22 Jun 2015

The Cuban government has called on the United States to allow the Franco-Cuban Havana Club Holding to sell its product into America, claiming that the import ban continues to breach World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.


Lucy Britner | 2 Jun 2015

Pernod Ricard is hoping to be the first spirits company to market and sell Cuban rum in the US, should the country lift its trade embargo on Cuba.


Richard Woodard | 20 Apr 2015

Pernod Ricard has launched a new global push for its Havana Club rum JV, designed to highlight the "passion and unique spirit" of the brand and the Cuban people.


Olly Wehring | 10 Apr 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.


Olly Wehring | 2 Apr 2015

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Olly Wehring | 31 Mar 2015

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