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What are the growth prospects like for international whisk(e)y? - Research in Focus

26 Sep 2017

The robust growth of the huge international whisk(e)y category is set to continue in the coming years, driven by generational shifts, helpful cultural associations and the dominant (in volume terms) Indian whisky category. But, after hitting 307m cases in volume sales in 2016 and adding more than 46m cases over the past five years, growth will moderate slightly in the 2016-2021 period, reaching 350m-plus cases at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +2.9%.

Pernod Ricard bemoans "muted" industry approach to pricing

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.

Pernod Ricard fiscal-2017 by brand and region - results data

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.

US starts to motor as sales climb for Pernod Ricard in FY fiscal-2017 - results

31 Aug 2017

Pernod Ricard has reported a near-4% lift in full-year sales for fiscal-2017, with the US driving the growth at the top-line.

Why we need to unlock the potential of the Internet of Things - Industry Comment

10 Aug 2017

In June, Pernod Ricard announced SharpEnd, a UK agency that helps brands benefit from Internet of Things technology, as its global partner. In an exclusive comment for just-drinks, SharpEnd founder & CEO Cameron Worth reveals some of the work his company is doing for Pernod and why the drinks industry needs to embrace this creative new tool.

Absolut US decline fails to hamper strong Pernod Ricard 2017 YTD - results

20 Apr 2017

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

Spirits leads the latest invasion of Africa - Comment

3 Apr 2017

Last month, Diageo handed the microphone to the head of its operations in Africa. Spirits commentator Ian Buxton was among those of us who listened in.

"The obsession needs to be about top-line growth, but efficiency needs to be part of your habits" - Interview, Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard - Part II

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.

Pernod Ricard's Jameson RTD range - Product Launch

15 Mar 2017

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

"If we stopped investing in places where we have headwinds, we'd stop investing everywhere" - Interview, Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard - Part I

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.

Pernod Ricard, Remy Cointreau pip Diageo, Gruppo Campari to Millennial dollar - analysts

13 Feb 2017

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

Pernod Ricard H1 Fiscal-2017 - results data

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.

Jameson, US drive half-year top-line for Pernod Ricard - results

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.

How successful will Diageo be with its latest Irish whiskey play? - Comment

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?

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

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.

Pernod Ricard ploughs US$11m into Irish whiskey distillery expansion - video

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.

The spirits category in 2016 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part II

23 Dec 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, just-drinks looks back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry. Here, deputy editor Lucy Britner picks out the highs and lows for the spirits category.

"Creating craft brands is a skill set that most big companies don’t have" - Interview, Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling

1 Dec 2016

Sanford Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling is no stranger to the drinks industry. Having spent the late ‘90s as strategic planning director for Guinness Ireland, he then took on the role of packaged trade director at the company. He followed that by starting his own private-client wine merchant. In 2004, Stirling became an analyst at Bernstein, where he covers the major European brewing and spirits companies. Here, he talks to just-drinks about the role of an analyst, and how he sees the future of the drinks industry shaping up.

Is Irish whiskey ready to recognise its potential? - Comment

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.

Pernod Ricard grows Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies initiative in US - video

9 Sep 2016

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

Will "slow but steady" win the race for Pernod Ricard in the US? - Analysis

2 Sep 2016

In its full-year results, released yesterday, Pernod Ricard posted a slight increase in sales, up 1% to EUR8.68bn (US$7.46bn), while net profits appeared to soar - up 43% on fiscal-15 to a historical high of EUR1.25bn.

Pernod Ricard targets profits growth as FY sales hold firm - results

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.

Pernod Ricard Q4/FY 2016 results - Preview

30 Aug 2016

On Thursday (1 September), Pernod Ricard will report its full-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at how the group has fared in its fourth quarter, the three months to the end of Jun.

Pernod Ricard lines up Jameson tourism boost

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. 

Do you buy the Wild Geese, Pernod Ricard conspiracy theory? - Editor's Viewpoint

19 Jul 2016

In our coverage of the legal ruling in favour of Irish whiskey brand The Wild Geese in Australia yesterday, I sensed a conspiracy theory of pretty impressive proportions. Could the dominant player in the Irish whiskey sector really have been looking to ride roughshod over one of its much smaller competitors?

Key Brands Performance - Non-Scotch Whisky Essentials, Part IV

22 Jun 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this six-part review of the non-Scotch whisky category. In part four, we turn our attention to the major whisk(e)y brands.

Category Challenges & Innovations - Non-Scotch Whisky Essentials, Part VI

22 Jun 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this six-part review of the non-Scotch whisky category. In the final part, we look at the challenges facing the segment and the opportunities that innovation will offer in the months and years ahead.

The Non-Scotch whisky category today - An introduction - Non-Scotch Whisky Essentials, Part I

21 Jun 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this six-part review of the non-Scotch whisky category. In part one, we look at how the sector has performed in recent years.

Pernod Ricard reorganises Jameson portfolio, launches new whiskeys

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. 

How Patron taught the spirits category to walk the walk - Comment

17 May 2016

What is the best way to evaluate a spirits brand's performance? Is it all about volume? Is it about value? Or, is there more to it than that? Do some brands deserve extra credit for pioneering a new segment, over-achieving in their given sphere, transcending their category? Johnnie Walker is one name that ticks most - if not all - of these boxes; Jameson is, arguably, another. But, what about Patrón Tequila?

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