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Why Diageo has work to do to maintain upward trajectory - Analysis

26 Jul 2019

If Diageo's employees are in party mood today, then yesterday's results give them a good enough excuse. The 6.1% rise in full-year sales for fiscal-2019 represents the group's best performance in a decade - just pipping the 6% lift recorded in 2012.

"The US is the one market where we've not seen gin's momentum develop" - Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes talks to just-drinks

25 Jul 2019

Earlier today, Diageo announced its results for the 12 months to the end of June, with mid-single-digit sales increases fast becoming the norm. just-drinks editor Olly Wehring spoke to group CEO Ivan Menezes about the latest figures.

Diageo gets behind "game-changer" highball with global Johnnie Walker campaign

10 Jul 2019

Diageo is to launch a global drive for the whisky highball that includes investment behind Johnnie Walker signature serves.

Kweichow Moutai takes seat among FMCG elite with top 50 entry

8 Jul 2019

Baijiu distiller Kweichow Moutai has muscled its way onto a list of the world's leading FMCG companies after boosting sales by 25% last year.

Diageo's "peak innovation" belies more selective approach to NPD - Focus

3 Jul 2019

Yesterday, Diageo presented some of its newer spirits and beer launches to the media in an innovation showcase at the company's London city centre headquarters. In a wide-ranging presentation, Diageo's global head of innovation, Michael Ward, talked about the importance of recruiting new consumers - and keeping current ones - through the group's product pipeline.

Diageo's Johnnie Walker Black Label Origin Series - Product Launch

1 Jul 2019

Diageo has launched a GTR-exclusive range of Johnnie Walker whiskies that aims to highlight Scotland’s four main whisky producing regions.

Responsible drinking activations around the world - The IARD Digest - June 2019

28 Jun 2019

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, reviews some of the industry activities designed to promote a more responsible role for alcohol in society. Here's a look at what's been going on in recent weeks.

Baijiu retains stranglehold on world's most valuable spirits brands list - data

27 Jun 2019

Baijiu dominates the list of the world's most valuable spirits brands, occupying the top four places of the latest top 50 compiled by brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance.

Blended Scotch sales & volumes in UK to fall 4% by 2022 - data

12 Jun 2019

The blended Scotch category will remain under pressure in the UK over the next three years, a new report has said, with sales and volumes expected to decline.

"There's been a big consumer shift in drinks" - just-drinks speaks to Distill Ventures CEO Frank Lampen

23 May 2019

Since coming into being almost six years ago, Distill Ventures has continued to make headlines in the drinks industry. The Diageo-backed incubation project may be best-known for investing in Seedlip, the non-alcoholic spirits brand. The biggest break, however, came late last year, when Diageo brought Belsazr Vermouth on to its books after the German brand was backed by DV in 2014. Earlier this month, Olly Wehring sat down with co-founder & CEO Frank Lampen to find out more about Distill Ventures and its relationship with thelargest premium spirits company in the world.

Diageo takes Game of Thrones Scotch whisky push to Global Travel Retail

29 Apr 2019

Diageo has added a Global Travel Retail strand to its Scotch whisky tie-up with the Game of Thrones television drama.

Diageo to build Johnnie Walker visitors centre on Islay

25 Apr 2019

Diageo's Caol Ila Scotch whisky distillery is to become the Islay brand home for Johnnie Walker, giving the Scotch blend an outpost on one of the whisky world's best-known islands.

Diageo targets Cardhu, Clynelish distilleries in Scotch tourism spend

8 Apr 2019

Diageo has revealed further details behind its plans to invest in tourism opportunities in Scotland.

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.

International Women's Day in the drinks industry - Focus

8 Mar 2019

Today, 8 March, is International Women's Day. Here, just-drinks takes a look at what drinks companies are doing to mark the occasion and champion women in our industry.

From cannabis to carbs - Ten innovation trends for 2019 - focus

21 Feb 2019

Earlier this month, GlobalData presented on what it believes will be the 'Ten Innovation Trends to Watch in 2019'. Here, just-drinks outlines the trends to watch for the drinks industry.

Diageo secures Edinburgh location for Johnnie Walker tourist site

12 Feb 2019

Diageo has confirmed further details on the proposed visitor centre for Johnnie Walker in Scotland.

Game of Thrones "biggest cultural collaboration" in Johnnie Walker history - Diageo CEO

5 Feb 2019

The head of Diageo has hailed the success of the ongoing partnership between the group's Johnnie Walker blended Scotch whisky brand and HBO series Game of Thrones.

How has Diageo performed in H1 fiscal-2019? - results data

31 Jan 2019

Diageo has reported a 7.5% rise in group sales for the six months to the end of December, but warned that beneficial phasings during the period would result in lower growth in the current six months.

Diageo's The Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker to back Women's March

17 Jan 2019

Diageo will use the Jane Walker version of its Johnnie Walker blended Scotch brand, along with the Striding Woman image, to support a march in Washington DC this weekend.

Ghost Tequila fills advisory panel with high-profile spirits industry names

21 Dec 2018

Tequila producer Ghost Tequila has appointed three spirits industry veterans to its advisory board, including a former Beam Suntory Americas president and an ex-Diageo North America CMO.

Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, M&A plans and seltzer success – Diageo in North America - Focus

18 Dec 2018

Last week, the head of Diageo's operations in North America, Deirdre Mahlan, hosted a conference call with analysts to update them on the company's performance in the region. Here, just-drinks picks out the top topics from the call.

Why spirits marketing risks losing sight of the actual spirit - Comment

22 Nov 2018

As marketing activity becomes more digitally-focussed, visually-orientated and 'Instagrammable', are spirits companies losing sight of the importance of simply delivering a tasting experience? Neil Ridley warns that some brand owners run the risk of losing the plot.

Diageo Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

19 Nov 2018

In late-July, Diageo released its full-year results for fiscal-2018. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of June rise by 5% in organic terms on the year-prior. Here, just-drinks picks through Diageo's performance over the past five years for the trends set to affect the group, specifically, and the global spirits category, more broadly.

What will be Diageo's priorities for the years ahead? - Analysis

19 Nov 2018

As part of just-drinks' deep-dive into the trends that have driven Diageo's performance over the last five years, Richard Woodard considers the areas that will be priorities for the group in the coming years.

Why spirits brands lists warn that the Chinese are coming - Comment

6 Nov 2018

This month, our white spirits commentator has been looking at lists. Lots and lots of lists. His findings, from a spirits perspective, suggest we should keep one eye on China's baijiu producers - and not merely for competitive purposes.

Diageo's John Walker & Sons Private Collection - 28 Year Old Midnight Blend - Product Launch

1 Nov 2018

Diageo has released the fifth and final edition in the John Walker & Sons Private Collection - 28 Year Old Midnight Blend.

Diageo builds "immersive" Johnnie Walker store in Madrid

10 Oct 2018

Diageo-owned Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker is opening a new retail store in central Madrid next month, offering whisky sales and a range of "immersive" experiences.

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'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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