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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 | 7 Feb 2017

When Diageo announced its exit from the Irish whiskey category in 2015, through the divestment of the Bushmills brand and distillery to Casa Cuervo, many observers were left confused: Why would the world's leading spirits company want to exit a spirits sector that was very clearly on the cusp of a boom?


Ian Buxton | 1 Feb 2017

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months.


Ian Buxton | 29 Nov 2016

One of the more lively spirits sectors in recent years, Irish whiskey is certainly on the up. But, on the second anniversary of Bushmills' change of ownership, Ian Buxton asks if the country's distillers are in danger of over-stating Irish whiskey's prospects.

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 | 14 Mar 2017

Last month, the CEO of Pernod Ricard, Alex Ricard, was in London to discuss the group's half-year results. just-drinks sat down with Ricard following the press conference to look at both the numbers for the first six months of fiscal-2017 and Ricard's tenure so far, since assuming the leadership in early-2015. In the first part of our exclusive two-part interview, Alex considers Pernod's positions in India and China and shares his thoughts on pricing and the role it plays in a company's approach to premiumisation.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 20 Apr 2017

Strong growth in the US has helped drive solid nine-month sales for Pernod Ricard despite continued weakness for Absolut vodka.


Lucy Britner | 15 Mar 2017

Pernod Ricard's UK unit has lined up two RTD flavours for its Jameson Irish whiskey brand. 


Lucy Britner | 13 Feb 2017

Pernod Ricard and Remy Cointreau are the best-placed spirits companies to appeal to Millennial consumers, according to a recent report.


Lucy Britner | 9 Feb 2017

Pernod Ricard has posted a 4% lift in half-year sales, as the group continues to see growth in the US, led by its Jameson Irish whiskey brand.


Olly Wehring | 19 Jan 2017

Pernod Ricard has confirmed a EUR10.5m (US$11.2m) investment in its main distillery in Ireland, as it looks to grow capacity at the facility.


Lucy Britner | 9 Sep 2016

Pernod Ricard has expanded its Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies programme to include seven US craft breweries.


Lucy Britner | 1 Sep 2016

Pernod Ricard has forecast a low single-digit lift in profits for the next fiscal year, as the company reported steady sales in fiscal-2016.


Lucy Britner | 11 Aug 2016

Pernod Ricard's Irish unit is to invest EUR11m (US$12.3m) in the redevelopment of its Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, as it looks to capitalise on the growth of Irish whiskey. 


Lucy Britner | 1 Jun 2016

Pernod Ricard has restructured its Jameson Irish whiskey range and introduced new products as it looks to highlight the brand's wider offering in the category. 


Olly Wehring | 12 May 2016

Pernod Ricard has announced further details of the new structure of its operations in the US, a market that the group considers key to its medium-term goals.


Lucy Britner | 22 Apr 2016

Pernod Ricard's MD of finance & operations has said the company will only innovate around its Jameson brand "with substance".


Olly Wehring | 23 Mar 2016

Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers unit has lined up the global launch of a new Jameson Irish whiskey expression.


Andy Morton | 30 Nov 2015

Scotland's oldest working distillery, Glenturret, has teamed up with Inveralmond Brewery to launch a beer aged in whisky casks.


Andy Morton | 21 Oct 2015

Pernod Ricard has launched a Travel Retail-exclusive range for its Irish whiskey, Jameson.


Olly Wehring | 25 Sep 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & water.


Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2015

Pernod Ricard unit Irish Distillers, which owns the Jameson brand, has opened a micro-distillery to experiment with new styles of Irish whiskey.


Olly Wehring | 11 Sep 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 | 9 Sep 2015

Pernod Ricard has launched a Jameson Irish whiskey extension that is part-aged in stout-seasoned barrels.


Andy Morton | 9 Sep 2015

Rademon Estate Distillery is to join the growing ranks of Irish whiskey makers after laying down its first casks for a small-batch malt.


Andy Morton | 7 Sep 2015

LVMH's Hennessy Cognac has taken top spot in the IWSR's 2014 World Class Brands as previous chart-topper Diageo's Johnnie Walker dropped to 34th.


Olly Wehring | 2 Sep 2015

The international spirits category in China has embarked on a “new normal”, according to Pernod Ricard, with lower-priced offerings set to drive future growth.


Olly Wehring | 2 Sep 2015

Pernod Ricard has admitted that it needs to improve its marketing of Absolut in the US to connect with Millenial consumers as craft vodka continues to take share.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 21 Oct 2015

just-drinks is in Cannes this week the Tax Free World Association show. Here's the second part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.

Company research

Pernod Ricard Groupe in Spirits (World)

Pernod Ricard Groupe in Spirits (World)

Pernod Ricard has further strengthened its position as the world’s second biggest spirits producer by volume. Thanks to the strong performance of a number of its brands, again led by its Indian whiski...

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Irish Distillers Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Ireland)

Irish Distillers Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Ireland)

Irish Distillers will continue to invest in developing its core brands both globally and in the domestic market. The company will focus on innovation and the premiumisation of key brands such as James...

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Global non-Scotch whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Global non-Scotch whiskies insights - market forecasts, prod

The recent growth trajectory of non-Scotch whiskies shows no sign of waning in the 2015-20 period, with The IWSR predicting extra sales of some 74m cases over the period. Both US and Irish whiskey ben...

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