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How to grow organically, results season approaches and how my stock is faring - The just-drinks analyst

12 Jul 2017

This month, our former beverage analyst Ian Shackleton considers how best to grow your top-line, considers that the next round of results will throw up and looks at how his stock picks have performed so far.

What do the new IWSR figures tell us about global spirits trends? - Analysis

6 Jul 2017

Analysts at Exane BNP Paribas have dug deep into latest IWSR figures to uncover the emerging trends in global spirits. Here, just-drinks takes a look at some of the prevailing winds currently on show.

Diageo's Latin America & Caribbean president Alberto Gavazzi on primary Scotch, Cachaça's comeback and cocktail culture - Focus

13 Jun 2017

Late last week, Diageo's Latin America & Caribbean president Alberto Gavazzi hosted a conference call with analysts. Gavazzi offered some insight into the region's burgeoning Scotch market, as well as plans for Cachaça and the rise of cocktail culture. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at some key points from the call. 

Diageo's Smirnoff Ice Melon Tok and Apple Tok - Product Launch

2 May 2017

Diageo has launched two new Smirnoff Ice flavours exclusively to the South Korean market.

Ten questions for Diageo - Analysis

27 Apr 2017

On 9 May, Diageo is hosting its latest Capital Markets Day for analysts and investors, in London. Ahead of the group's presentations, Anthony Bucalo, global beverages analyst at HSBC, has prepared a list of questions for the senior executive team, for what he describes as a "crucial" day for Diageo.

Has the race to premiumise made spirits forget the mainstream? - Comment

25 Apr 2017

It's the last thing the English language needs, but could a companion term to the verbally-ugly 'premiumisation' pass into everyday use in the years to come? Is 'mainstreamisation' – a neologism arguably even more hideous than the p-word – here to stay? Richard Woodard thinks so.

Diageo rolls out price-marked packs for RTD range in UK

11 Apr 2017

Diageo's UK unit has lined up price-marked cans across several products in its ready-to-drink portfolio. 

Millennials are not the only fruit for Absolut - Comment

4 Apr 2017

The saga of Absolut's travails in the US continues, with the mooted recovery in the Pernod Ricard-owned vodka brand's fortunes proving more elusive than the company had hoped. Are Millennials to blame? Richard Woodard reports.

Drinks companies warm up to ginger, again - NPD round-up

3 Apr 2017

One of the older flavours in the soft drinks market has become one of the category's hottest new trends. Ginger is spicing things up with a wave of new product innovation sweeping through non-alcoholic beverages, from carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks to plant waters, healthful shots, and beyond.

Diageo's Smirnoff Mandarin & Pink Grapefruit Cider - Product Launch

14 Mar 2017

Diageo's UK unit has launched a new variant under the Smirnoff Cider brand. 

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.

The Vodka Category - Everything you need to know - just-drinks Spirits Essentials

7 Feb 2017

As part of our Spirits Essentials series, just-drinks and The IWSR present a comprehensive guide to the vodka category. Sourced from the joint Global Vodka Insights report, published in December, we look at both market and category trends for vodka globally, the performance of the key brands, as well as the challenges facing the category going forward.

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

19 Jan 2017

Following on from Chris Losh's look at the year ahead for wine and Stephen Beaumont's consideration of the future for beer, Richard Woodard looks at how the white spirits segment is shaping up for 2017.

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.

Diageo signs up with Deliveroo in UK for spirits home delivery

14 Dec 2016

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

Absolut, Smirnoff and their conflicting views on US Millennials - Analysis

7 Dec 2016

Chasing the Millennial consumer has been the mantra of many a drinks company is recent years - but it appears the end of the Millennial rainbow might not yield the only pot of gold.  

Diageo's North America president on Donald Trump, Millennials and the rise of Bourbon - Focus

6 Dec 2016

Late last week, Diageo's North America president, Deirdre Mahlan, hosted a conference call with analysts. Having spent just over a year in the role, Mahlan offered some insight into the company's largest and most profitable region. Here, just-drinks picks out some key points from the call.

Diageo’s Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer - Product Launch

3 Nov 2016

Diageo has delivered on its promise earlier this year to enter the alcoholic seltzer fray in the US, launching a Smirnoff-branded range this month.

Diageo, Pernod Ricard set for vodka boost in emerging markets - analyst

13 Oct 2016

Mainstream vodka brands including Diageo's Smirnoff and Pernod Ricard's Absolut have strong growth potential in emerging markets, a new report has said.

Functional alcoholic drinks "a very hard sell" - analyst

10 Oct 2016

Alcoholic drinks that use healthy cues will struggle to break into the mass market, according to analysts at Mintel.

Diageo spirits lose out in top 100 brands list

7 Oct 2016

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

Hard seltzer drives a new wave of innovation in flavoured alcoholic beverages - NPD round-up

30 Sep 2016

In the US, carbonated water has become a non-alcoholic beverage star, as consumers choose sparkling waters and seltzers instead of carbonated soft drinks to cut calorie and sugar consumption. The same trend is now crossing over into flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs), as so-called 'hard seltzers' have emerged as a promising new niche.

Kenya Breweries' Smirnoff Ice Electric Ginseng - Product Launch

22 Sep 2016

Kenya Breweries has released a new RTD variant under the Smirnoff vodka brand.

Johnnie Walker leads Global Travel Retail pack in 2015, but Absolut slumps - figures

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.

Soju dominates global spirits league as Diageo's Smirnoff surges into fifth spot - research

13 Jul 2016

Diageo's Smirnoff brand has moved up one place in a list of the world's biggest-selling spirits brands after posting record volumes and strong growth in 2015.

Diageo’s Smirnoff Cider - Product Launch

13 Jun 2016

Diageo has released two variants of Smirnoff Cider, a blend of carbonated cider, fruit flavours and Smirnoff vodka.

How RTDs are stealing share from all other categories - Research in Focus

1 Jun 2016

Looking for a single reason why the ready-to-drink (RTD) category is set for such strong progress during the coming five years will be a fruitless task. Yet, it is for that exact reason why the segment's future is so rosy.

Is the drinks industry just following the pack to the patriotism party? - Comment

27 May 2016

Samuel Johnson once said: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." What does that say about Diageo, Anheuser-Busch InBev and The Coca-Cola Co?

Smirnoff Ice Electric flavours - Product Launch

25 Apr 2016

Diageo has confirmed details of its latest Smirnoff Ice NPD, with two new flavours being released under the Electric mark.

Diageo's Smirnoff Sourced - Product Launch

15 Apr 2016

Diageo has confirmed details of three recently-released Smirnoff vodka brand extensions in the US under the name Smirnoff Sourced.

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