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What are the new global spirits trends? - Analysis

Analysts at Exane BNP Paribas have dug deep into latest IWSR figures to uncover the emerging trends in global spirits. Here, just-drinks tak...

Diageo's LAC head on Scotch, Cachaça & cocktails

Late last week, Diageo's Latin America & Caribbean president Alberto Gavazzi hosted a conference call with analysts. Gavazzi offered some in...


Ben Cooper | 5 Jun 2017

The pursuit of happiness may conjure up notions of carefree abandon, but it has become a serious business. Ben Cooper examines how positive psychology - a field of psychological study focused on happiness that has emerged over the past two decades - is in tune with key consumer trends and is proving an effective framework for new approaches to brand marketing.


Ian Buxton | 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.


Ian Buxton | 15 Mar 2017

This month, just-drinks' brown spirits commentator, Ian Buxton, considers the sector's efforts to entice the Millennial consumer into the fray.


Andy Morton | 14 Mar 2017

At the TFWA China's Century Conference in Guangzhou last week, speaker after speaker lined up to talk about the changing face of Chinese luxury consumerism. Gone are the days when premiumisation in China meant sticking some red and gold glint on the packaging and raising the price by 30%. When it comes to brand awareness, China's Millennials are much more savvy in their brand awareness than their parents.

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Olly Wehring | 9 Oct 2017

Earlier today, Diageo announced plans to invest GBP35m (US$46m) in reopening two of its Scotch whisky distilleries that have been closed for 34 years. Work is set to begin on the Port Ellen and Brora sites - Port Ellen still houses a maltings unit, while Brora is next to Diageo's Clynelish distillery - in the coming months, ahead of becoming operational by 2020. Shortly after the announcement, just-drinks spoke to the group's head of whisky outreach, Nick Morgan, about the news.


Andy Morton | 1 Nov 2016

In July, Diageo turned its previously-combined Middle East & Global Travel Retail division into a standalone GTR unit. At the same time, TR head Doug Bagley stood down and was replaced by Dayalan Nayager, Bagley's European TR regional leader. Last month, at the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes, just-drinks caught up with Nayager to find out how the new structure was working, as well as his thoughts on the overall state of the GTR channel.

Latest News

Lucy Britner | 26 Sep 2017

Diageo has lined up a limited edition iteration of its Johnnie Walker blended Scotch powerhouse, developed in a collaboration between Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and the brand's master blender, Jim Beveridge.


Andy Morton | 23 Aug 2017

Diageo has added to its Blenders' Batch experimental Johnnie Walker range with three new expressions.


Lucy Britner | 14 Jul 2017

Diageo has rolled out an anti-drink drive campaign for the ninth year, as it marks continued sponsorship of Formula One under the Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand.


Olly Wehring | 11 May 2017

Diageo is challenging a near-US$140m demand from the UK tax authority relating to the alleged transferral of intellectual property away from the country.


Olly Wehring | 10 May 2017

Diageo has returned the focus of its global marketing for Johnnie Walker to the 'Keep Walking' slogan and has retired the brand's 'Joy Will Take You Further' message, less than two years after launching it.


Olly Wehring | 25 Apr 2017

Diageo has readied the release of the second limited edition iteration of its Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch portfolio.


Andy Morton | 20 Mar 2017

Diageo has extended its Johnnie Walker Blender's Batch portfolio to the US with the launch of Triple Grain American Oak.


Lucy Britner | 14 Mar 2017

Diageo has rebranded and repackaged its Johnnie Walker Platinum Label whisky as it looks to highlight the age of the iteration.


Olly Wehring | 27 Jan 2017

The use of real events in marketing activations is more about "celebrating the human spirit" than "making a political statement", according to the head of Diageo.


Olly Wehring | 24 Jan 2017

Diageo is set to release a limited edition pack for its Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch whisky in the US, to coincide with the Lunar New Year.


Lucy Britner | 11 Jan 2017

Diageo has launched three new Johnnie Walker ranges through its brand house in Singapore, to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2017.


Andy Morton | 14 Dec 2016

Diageo has become the latest alcohol company to team up with UK home delivery service Deliveroo.


Lucy Britner | 11 Nov 2016

Diageo's Global Travel Retail unit has opened a Johnnie Walker House retail store in Bahrain Duty Free.


Andy Morton | 7 Oct 2016

Diageo's Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff have continued their slide down a list of the world's most valuable brands.


Andy Morton | 5 Oct 2016

New European Union regulations on nutritional labelling could put an end to alcohol exclusives in the Global Travel Retail channel, the head of the Tax Free World Association has warned.


Andy Morton | 4 Oct 2016

A "personalised" bottle has helped drive up sales of Baileys by 60% in Dublin airport, Diageo has said, as the company embarks on a personalisation push for the brand in Global Travel Retail.


Andy Morton | 28 Sep 2016

Diageo has unveiled plans for a regeneration project on the former site of its Johnnie Walker plant in the west of Scotland.


Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2016

Diageo's Johnnie Walker is to shrug off gloomy forecasts for Travel Retail and invest in the channel over the upcoming gifting period, the brand's head has said.


Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2016

A new Johnnie Walker range is not intended to emulate Bourbon, the brand's global director has said, after initial expressions all featured a North American style.


Olly Wehring | 21 Sep 2016

Diageo's Johnnie Walker brand has consolidated its dominance of Global Travel Retail's spirits shelves, although Pernod Ricard's Absolut has been overtaken by Chivas Regal and Brown-Forman's Jack Daniel's, according to figures from The IWSR.


Andy Morton | 13 Sep 2016

Diageo has launched a limited-edition Johnnie Walker that is the first release from an experimental new range called Blenders' Batch.


Andy Morton | 7 Sep 2016

Diageo's latest Johnnie Walker House in China is to share space with the company's baijiu brand, Shuijingfang.

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.

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Modest growth for global travel retail: Global travel retail sales of wines and spirits, including pre-mix drinks, rose by a modest 1.8% in 2014, reaching 30.2m nine-litre cases in what was a year of...

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G&D Alco Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Georgia)

G&D Alco Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Georgia)

G&D Alco Ltd was the leading import and distribution company in spirits in 2016. It is an importer of European and US alcoholic drinks brands, such as Hennessy, Martini, Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniel’s,...

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