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November 2010 Management Briefing - Niche Spirits - Part I

18 Nov 2010

Part one of this month's management briefing on niche spirits looks at what is meant by the term 'niche', and the effect the downturn has had on this segment.

UK: Diageo facing showdown with beer body

12 Nov 2010

Diageo will hold clear-the-air talks with the British Beer & Pub Association in the latest example of drinks industry disagreement on Government alcohol policy.

just On Call - Diageo strips out supply costs for emerging market spend

25 Oct 2010

Diageo will strip more costs out of its business in recession-hit Europe and North America in order to help it invest in emerging markets like Africa, the firm's supply chief has said.

GLOBAL: Diageo cautious despite Q1 sales rise

14 Oct 2010

Strong demand in emerging markets continued to boost Diageo's sales in the first quarter of its new fiscal year, but the Guinness brewer remains cautious on Europe and North America.

GLOBAL: Nemiroff crowned king of 'elite' brands - IWSR

21 Sep 2010

Nemiroff vodka has topped the latest list of elite spirits brands issued annually by research group IWSR.

just the Facts: The world's top drinks brands

20 Sep 2010

Consultancy group Interbrands has published its list of the top 100 brands in the world by value. Here, just-drinks picks out the best performers from the drinks sector.

GLOBAL: Diageo appoints Smirnoff brand director

3 Sep 2010

Diageo has appointed a new brand director for Smirnoff vodka, following a reshuffle in its marketing division.

UK: Diageo calls for alcohol tax reform

31 Aug 2010

Diageo wants duty tax on beer, wine and cider in the UK to be raised to the level of the tax on spirits, the drinks giant has told the Government in a consultation on alcoholic drinks pricing.

In the Spotlight - Diageo scores a victory for uncertainty

27 Aug 2010

Diageo's full-year results have brought a mixed response from commentators and analysts. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the reactions.

just On Call - Emerging markets hold key to Diageo sales

26 Aug 2010

Diageo plans to push further into Africa's beer market and invest more in emerging markets in Asia and Latin America as consumer demand for alcoholic drinks in Europe and North America continues to falter.

GLOBAL: Diageo increases FY sales, profits

26 Aug 2010

Diageo has said that it expects profits momentum to continue after cost controls and an improved performance in recent months helped the drinks giant to increase sales and earnings for it fiscal year.

UK: West Brewery poaches BrewDog's sales chief

11 Aug 2010

BrewDog has lost its sales and trade marketing manager, Richard McLelland, to Scottish rival West Brewery, which is planning to build a new brew-house to meet growing demand for its beers.

GLOBAL: Diageo GTME hires Saatchi for global campaigns

6 Aug 2010

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) has appointed branding agency Saatchi & Saatchi X to handle its retail campaigns in airports, border shops, ferries and cruise ships.

Comment - Diageo more likely to stay in UK?

20 Jul 2010

Diageo CEO Paul Walsh appears to have caught the ear of the UK Coalition Government, after it today announced plans to make the country a more attractive place for multinational businesses.

US: Diageo's North America CFO steps down

16 Jul 2010

Diageo's chief financial officer in North America, Cathy Jessup, is to leave the drinks firm.

US: Home drinking market soars - research

15 Jul 2010

The value of off-trade alcohol sales in the US has risen by more than a fifth over the last five years, according to new research.

UK: Drinks sector split on below-cost sales ban

9 Jul 2010

Drinks industry leaders in the UK believe that the Government has underestimated the complexity of a ban on below-cost alcohol sales, amid growing division within the sector on how the policy should work.

Product Launch - US: Diageo's Smirnoff Mango, Smirnoff Peach

9 Jul 2010

Diageo's Smirnoff Mango, Smirnoff Peach

UK: Online drinks adverts face tougher checks

8 Jul 2010

The UK Government's advertising watchdog is set to enforce stricter rules for online marketing by the alcoholic drinks industry.

GLOBAL: Multinational spirits suffer as domestics thrive in 2009 - Research

8 Jul 2010

Multinational spirits brands bore the brunt of a tough 2009, as local brands benefited from the economic downturn, according to recent research.

just the round-up - The week in drinks

2 Jul 2010

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

Comment - Brand makeovers signal a rise in spirits?

1 Jul 2010

Could a flurry of recent makeovers in the alcoholic drinks sector, particularly for spirits, signal renewed optimism among producers?

GLOBAL: Diageo updates Smirnoff packaging

30 Jun 2010

Diageo has devised a new bottle for Smirnoff to emphasise the vodka's quality and its heritage as a supplier to Russia's Imperial Court.

US: Diageo signs New York Giants deal

28 Jun 2010

Diageo has is to sponsor the National Football League's New York Giants and the team's New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

EUROPE: Diageo downbeat on Europe prospects

25 Jun 2010

Diageo is preparing for another tough 12 months on Europe's alcoholic drinks market, with little sign of economic improvement in key countries, according to the group's president for the region.

GLOBAL: Diageo shakes up global marketing unit

4 Jun 2010

Diageo is to group marketing for its global spirits brands into two new categories as it looks to adapt faster to demand from customers and consumers.

Comment - A Word with Woodard - Distil Standing?

25 May 2010

Okay, I’d better admit this straight off: I don’t like trade fairs. Call me crazy, but the idea of spending two or three exhausting days deprived of daylight, digestible food and the company of people who aren’t in the drinks trade isn’t one that has me skipping down the aisle of a DLR train.

UK: Diageo CFO to step down

11 May 2010

Diageo's chief financial officer, Nick Rose, is to stand down later this year.

UK: Diageo drinks sales rebound in Q3

6 May 2010

Diageo has followed rival Pernod Ricard in reporting a rebound in drinks sales in its fiscal third quarter.

just the Answer - Andy Fennell, chief marketing officer, Diageo

27 Apr 2010

In this month's just the Answer, we sit down with Diageo's chief marketing officer, Andy Fennell, who assumed the post in September 2008. Fennell timed his promotion to almost coincide with the economic downturn, but remains in strong support of the strategy of premiumisation.

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