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"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.

Pernod Ricard's Jameson Triple Triple - Product Launch - Irish whiskey data

11 Jul 2019

Pernod Ricard has launched a triple-cask, triple-distilled Jameson Irish whiskey exclusively to the Travel Retail channel.

Pernod Ricard is back in Kentucky with Rabbit Hole Whiskey, but why did it ever leave? - Comment

14 Jun 2019

Ten years ago, Pernod Ricard sold Wild Turkey Bourbon to Campari Group. Today, as the French spirits group announces the purchase of Louisville's Rabbit Hole Whiskey, the question is not why the group has returned to the Kentucky Bourbon category, the real puzzle is, why did it exit in the first place?

Pernod Ricard Asia CEO calls for calm on China XO Cognac prices, cools social credit fears

4 Jun 2019

Pernod Ricard's Asia-Pacific head has warned the Cognac industry against using an XO age-change as an excuse for introducing rapid price increases in China.

Pernod Ricard to sponsor three-continent music festival with Boiler Room

3 Jun 2019

Pernod Ricard has teamed up with music festival organiser Boiler Room to run events later this year in Europe, North America and Africa.

Why the spirits category should look backwards to move forwards - Comment

16 May 2019

Can the recent reinvention of 'classic serves' help revolutionise dark spirits consumption for a younger, savvier audience in the on-premise? Neil Ridley looks to the past for inspiration.

Campari Group Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

8 May 2019

In early-March, Campari Group released its results for 2018. The group saw sales in the 12-month period come in 5.3% up on 2017. Here, drinks industry commentator Richard Woodard considers Campari's performance over the last five years.

Have international spirits companies finally got China right?- Comment

30 Apr 2019

Having witnessed international spirits brand-owners emerge from the Chinese roller-coaster in varying states of dizziness, category commentator Richard Woodard believes the likes of Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Remy Cointreau and Moet Hennessy are now sitting a little prettier in the front seats.

Conor McGregor threatens Pernod Ricard's ambitions in Elliott Management Corp fight - Analysis

23 Apr 2019

While always of significance, Pernod Ricard's quarterly results announcements have taken on even greater importance since activist investor Elliott Management Corp started running the rule over the company's financial performance five months ago. Having staunchly refuted Elliott's criticisms that it is lagging rivals such as Diageo, Pernod's results releases have become a chance for the French group to underscore its financial rigour.

How did Pernod Ricard perform in Q3 & YTD fiscal-2019? - results data

18 Apr 2019

Pernod Ricard has seen the third quarter of its current fiscal year deliver a slower rate of growth than the first half, although, the group professed to being satisfied with its "diversified" sales drivers.

Why white spirits should follow brown and play the 'brand home' card - Comment

26 Mar 2019

While many brown spirits brand owners have made hay from creating 'homes' for their brands, the white spirits category may be missing a trick. Richard Woodard explains.

Why Diageo & LVMH's mooted move for Pernod Ricard won't wash - just-drinks thinks

18 Feb 2019

A couple of years ago, during a debate in London, former Diageo CEO Paul Walsh said that an acquisition was worth any price, provided you believed in what you were buying.

Where will Pernod Ricard look for growth in 2019-2021? - Focus

15 Feb 2019

Earlier this week, following the release of results for the first half of the current fiscal year, Pernod Ricard came to London to look both backwards and forwards. At the presentation, CEO Alex Ricard discussed the group's priorities for the three years starting in July 2019.

Pernod Ricard focuses on three-year plan as Elliott Management takes fresh swipe - industry data

8 Feb 2019

Pernod Ricard has brushed off another attack on its financial governance from activist investor Elliott Management Corp.

Pernod Ricard Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

8 Jan 2019

In late-August, Pernod Ricard released its full-year results for fiscal-2018. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of June rise by 6% in organic terms on the year prior. Here, just-drinks picks through Pernod's performance over the past five years for the trends set to affect the group, specifically, and the global spirits category, more broadly.

UFC entry to spirits ring has lessons for industry and its celebrity infatuation - Comment

8 Jan 2019

September was a big month for spirits and the combat sport known as mixed-martial arts, or MMA. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest promoter in MMA, signed its first vodka partnership, with Nemiroff. A few days later Heaven Hill Brands came onboard with UFC through a partnership for its Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum.

Which international whiskies segments will challenge Scotch's dominance? - Research in Focus

5 Nov 2018

The future looks overwhelmingly bright for the huge international whisky category, but stock constraints continue to hamper growth, especially for Japanese and Irish whisky brands. The new Global International Whisky Insights 2018 report from just-drinks and The IWSR highlights this continuation of a purple patch of growth for non-Scotch whisky, which has moved from volumes of 270m cases in 2013 to almost 315m cases in 2017.

Is Pernod Ricard poised for a bumper run-up to Christmas? - Q1 results data

18 Oct 2018

Pernod Ricard is expecting a healthy first half of its fiscal-2019, with a double-digit lift in sales from its international brands in Q1 setting the scene.

Pernod Ricard backs Jameson with US$175m expansion boost

15 Oct 2018

Pernod Ricard has lined up a near-US$175m spend on its Irish whiskey production operations as the group tries to keep up with global demand for its Jameson brand.

Jameson returns to UK TV screens with younger drinker push

30 Aug 2018

The UK division of Pernod Ricard is set to release the first television advert for Jameson in the country for seven years.

How did Pernod Ricard perform in its fiscal-2018? - results data

29 Aug 2018

A slight slowing in growth during the fourth quarter has failed to stop Pernod Ricard posting a 6% rise in organic sales from its latest fiscal full-year.

"The consolidation of the spirits industry is not over" - just-drinks speaks to Pernod Ricard's CEO of EMEA & LatAm, Gilles Bogaert

17 Jul 2018

Earlier this month, Pernod Ricard's former MD of finance, Gilles Bogaert, moved to head up the group's Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America division. just-drinks sat down with Bogaert at the company's Capital Markets Day in China to talk about the job transition, the future of M&A and how data has changed the business.

Pernod Ricard accused of curbing Wild Geese Irish whiskey supply

6 Jul 2018

The owners of Irish whiskey company The Wild Geese are seeking damages from Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers division for allegedly refusing to supply it with stock.

Pernod Ricard Capital Market Day 2018 - Asia overview - Focus

11 Jun 2018

Last week, analysts, journalists and investors from around the world travelled to Shenzhen in China for Pernod Ricard's Capital Market Day. The group's management was keen to show why Asia is a "key engine" for growth and why China, in particular, remains an exciting prospect.

Spirits brands ditch Twitter as platform falls out of favour - survey

24 Apr 2018

Leading spirits producers appear to be abandoning Twitter as accounts for well-known brands including Pernod Ricard's Beefeater Gin and Diageo's Haig Club lie untouched for up to a year.

Pernod Ricard's Q3 2018 results - Preview

18 Apr 2018

Tomorrow, Pernod Ricard releases a trading update, covering sales for the third quarter of its fiscal-2018. Here's a look at the events that shaped the three months to the end of March for the group.

Pernod Ricard launches global Jameson campaign - video

1 Mar 2018

Pernod Ricard has unveiled the latest advertising campaign for its Jameson Irish whiskey brand. 

When spirits companies cut their marketing budgets, why not increase yours? - Comment

27 Feb 2018

Spirits commentator Richard Woodard will have been relieved to see the back of The Winter Olympics last weekend. He now has the time to ponder companies' marketing spends... and to run his rule over Pernod Ricard's latest - somewhat risqué - activation for Absolut.

Vodka stays "tough" in US, but Absolut investment remains in-line - Pernod Ricard

14 Feb 2018

Pernod Ricard has played down the recent slow performance of its Absolut vodka brand in the US, flagging other investment priorities in the country as well as the group’s geographical reach.

Pernod Ricard half-year fiscal-2018 sales performance - results data

8 Feb 2018

In early-February, Pernod Ricard reported a 5.1% lift in sales for the six months to the end of December. The top-line had to deal with a strong US dollar, however, with reported sales coming in flat for the period. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the company's performance by region - as well as the numbers behind its main brands - in the first half of the group's fiscal-2018.

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