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C&C Group the one to watch in 2018, too many analysts and not enough research and finding a favourite between beer and spirits - The just-drinks Analyst

1 Feb 2018

Starting the year as he means to go on, just-drinks' resident analyst, Ian Shackleton, considers where we should put our investment spend in 2018. Ian also looks at how the analyst community is reacting to the introduction of MiFiD II and explains the reasons behind his favourite drinks category.

What's coming up in spirits in 2018? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

30 Jan 2018

Rounding off our series of category forecasts for the year ahead, white spirits commentator Richard Woodard looks at what 2018 has in store for gin, Tequila, rum, vodka ...

Baijiu, vodka and the white spirits challenge for Diageo - Analysis

29 Jan 2018

The trials and tribulations of the white spirits category proved of interest to the analyst community in their notes following the release of Diageo's first-half results. On the one hand, baijiu is having a great time in China. On the other, vodka continues to struggle in the US.

Diageo's Half Year fiscal-2018 - results data

25 Jan 2018

In late-January, Diageo announced results for the first half of its fiscal-2018. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's sales performance by region in the six months to the end of December. All figures are on an organic basis.

Diageo launches next Smirnoff 'We're Open' campaign in UK - video

28 Nov 2017

Diageo has announced the next chapter in the 'We're Open' marketing campaign for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

What can the spirits industry learn from Diageo? - Comment

8 Nov 2017

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Diageo's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the takeaways for the wider spirits industry.

Diageo launches 'Stay Open' Smirnoff campaign in Canada - video

6 Oct 2017

Diageo has lined up a new marketing campaign for its Smirnoff vodka brand in the Canadian market.

"I can see us getting Smirnoff into growth in the US next year" - Interview - Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes

27 Jul 2017

Following today's full-year 2017 results, just-drinks spoke to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes about regional challenges, product innovation and acquisition strategy.

Ted Danson pushes Smirnoff in new US activation - video

19 Jul 2017

Diageo has recruited actor Ted Danson to front a series of online adverts for Smirnoff in the US.

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.

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