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Rouble Plunge Heaps Pressure on Travel Retail

It's been almost three years since I first went to the Tax Free World Association exhibition, the premier global Travel Retail event held ev...

just The Preview - Beam Inc's Q4 & FY

Beam Inc will release its fourth-quarter and year-to-date results today (5 February). Here, just-drinks takes a look at the company's highs...

Olly Wehring | 3 Jan 2014

As one would expect, yesterday's news that Remy Cointreau's CEO, Frederic Pflanz, has stepped down after just three months in the role hit the French company's share price this morning.

James Jordan | 24 Oct 2013

There's usually a surprise or two at the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) World Exhibition in Cannes.

Olly Wehring | 17 Apr 2013

It was five years ago this week that Beam Global Spirits & Wine – as Beam Inc was then known – started to come to terms with Pernod Ricard's last-minute grab of takeover target Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand at the end of March, 2008.

Chris Mercer | 4 Oct 2011

Fortune Brands has turned itself into a standalone spirits company named Beam Inc. Here, just-drinks brings you stats on the company's sales and profits for wine and spirits since 2003.

Latest Interviews

James Wilmore | 9 Jul 2013

Quintessential Brands may not be a name familiar to many. But the burgeoning spirits group, owner of G&J Greenall, and backed by former Grupo Campari CEO Enzo Visone, has ambitious global plans. Here, just-drinks talks to Quintessential's international brands & marketing director, Mike Salmon, about those plans and where it is looking to capitalise.

James Wilmore | 1 Jun 2012

Founded in 1575, Bols claims to be the oldest spirits brand in the world. After a rocky recent past, the company is back in Dutch hands. just-drinks caught up with Lucas Bols' self-styled “chief energizing officer” Huub van Doorne to talk about the company's plans, the launch of its new yoghurt liqueur and why the brand is big in Japan.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 12 Mar 2018

Roust Inc has dropped Remy Cointreau as its distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Andy Morton | 7 Mar 2018

Maxxium UK, the distribution arm of Edrington and Beam Suntory, has been renamed to better reflect its surviving members.

Andy Morton | 29 Nov 2017

Beam Suntory is to realign its distribution in the Netherlands next year, linking up with the family-owned De Kuyper Royal Distillers for some of its core brands.

Lucy Britner | 4 Mar 2016

Beam Suntory has moved the UK distribution of its Sauza Tequilas, Larios Premium 12 gin and Kilbeggan and Tyrconnell whiskey brands from Maxxium to Conviviality's Catalyst Brands.

Lucy Britner | 14 Jan 2016

Beam Suntory has enlisted the global on-trade to add weight to its latest Courvoisier Cognac activation. 

Andy Morton | 16 Nov 2015

Roust, the owner of Russian Standard vodka, has appointed a new distributor in the Netherlands.

Olly Wehring | 16 Sep 2015

Edrington has lined up a revamp of its The Black Grouse Scotch whisky brand that includes a name change.

Andy Morton | 14 Jul 2015

Edrington has launched a new The Famous Grouse expression as it attempts to “challenge perceptions” around blended Scotch.

Olly Wehring | 26 Jun 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

Lucy Britner | 11 Jun 2015

Edrington Americas has made several senior appointments.

Olly Wehring | 20 Apr 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

Richard Woodard | 20 Apr 2015

As part of the 200th anniversary celebrations for Islay single malt Scotch whisky Laphroaig, brand owner Beam Suntory has announced the limited re-release of the Laphroaig 15-year-old expression.

Olly Wehring | 1 Apr 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

James Wilmore | 10 Mar 2015

Maxxium UK is promoting an internal candidate to head up the unit in the wake of Huw Pennell's upcoming departure.

Andy Morton | 4 Feb 2015

Beam Suntory has added the eight-year-old Kilbeggan single grain Irish whiskey to its Travel Retail portfolio.

Olly Wehring | 20 Nov 2014

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

Andy Morton | 30 Oct 2014

Beam Suntory is to launch a Jim Beam extension mixed with Scotch exclusively into Travel Retail next year.

Andy Morton | 27 Oct 2014

The 30th Tax Free World Association exhibition is underway in Cannes. just-drinks reporter Andy Morton is there to keep you informed in this live blog as he meets top management from the Travel Retail sector and attends industry events. Get in touch at or through just-drinks' social media.

Olly Wehring | 10 Sep 2014

Beam Suntory has launched an extension of its Courvoisier Cognac brand in the Travel Retail channel.

Andy Morton | 6 Aug 2014

Beam Suntory's Travel Retail unit, Maxxium, has launched a digital airport activation for Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-Year as it ramps up support for the small-batch Bourbon.

Olly Wehring | 15 Jul 2014

The spirits division of Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the launch of the latest expression from its The Glenrothes Scotch whisky portfolio.

Olly Wehring | 14 Jul 2014

Edrington has confirmed details of a packaging revamp for its Naked Grouse blended Scotch in the UK.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 22 Oct 2015

just-drinks is in Cannes this week at 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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Spirits in the Netherlands

Spirits in the Netherlands

The spirits category in the Netherlands is witnessing a shift towards more premium imported brands. For example, in other blended Scotch whisky, super premium, ultra premium and prestige products all...

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Alcoholic Drinks in the Netherlands

Alcoholic Drinks in the Netherlands

In 2017, the Dutch alcoholic drinks market recorded modest total volume growth, albeit stronger than that of the previous year. Beer registered a healthy volume gain, largely thanks to growing interes...

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