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just a While Ago - On 16 March in...

16 Mar 2015

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Comment - Spirits - Don Julio: Diageo's Mexican Trojan Horse

12 Mar 2015

Last week, Diageo announced plans to invest US$400m on its operations in Mexico. While the headlines centred on the company's Don Julio Tequila operations, the country itself is ripe for growth. Richard Woodard investigates.

Diageo secures Smirnoff global music festivals deal

12 Mar 2015

Diageo has signed a “multi-year” deal with Live Nation Entertainment to make its Smirnoff brand the official vodka of 26 music festivals across the world.

Focus - The Battle Against the Counterfeiters

4 Mar 2015

News emerged in the UK late last month that 2,500 litres of fake wine and spirits were seized by police in the country as part of the worldwide Operation OPSON, run by Interpol. The counterfeit drinks industry is very much alive and kicking, even in developed markets like the UK, and drinks companies need to be more vigilant if they wish to protect their brands.

just a While Ago - On 23 February in...

23 Feb 2015

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just on Call - Diageo still banks on wider gifting culture in China

18 Feb 2015

Gifting is still an “integral” part of wider Chinese culture, but the country's anti-extravagance campaign has been “incredibly disruptive”, Diageo's Asia head has told analysts.

Comment - Spirits - The Branded Bar Call and the Competition It Brings

17 Feb 2015

In spirits, the Holy Grail has long been for the brand to become the bar call. History shows, however, that achieving such a feat is not the end of the story and, as Richard Woodard suggests, brings into play a brand new challenge.

Research in Focus - Drinks market's 'fast fashion' sector continues to grow through smart innovation

14 Jan 2015

If adaptability and versatility are key strengths in today's fast-moving drinks market, there is arguably one category which carries all before it. Indeed, a new just-drinks/The IWSR report describes pre-mixes as the "fast fashion" sector of the alcoholic drinks market.

Review of the Year 2014 - Part IV: Spirits

16 Dec 2014

It's that time of year when just-drinks takes a look back at the past 12 months. Here, in part three of our final management briefing of the year, Andy Morton, reviews the major spirits stories of 2014.

Moët Hennessy agrees Belvedere vodka tie-up over new James Bond film

16 Dec 2014

Belvedere will be the latest vodka to be linked with James Bond after brand owner Moët Hennessy signed a tie-up with the makers of 'Spectre', the next film in the franchise.

just the Week in - Spirits & Wine

28 Nov 2014

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

just a While Ago - On 27 November in...

27 Nov 2014

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Smirnoff tops UK shopping list - figures

25 Nov 2014

The one-litre size of Diageo's Smirnoff vodka has topped a list of the UK's top-selling brands, with the 70cl bottle coming third, according to new figures.

Diageo confirms Australia abv drops

25 Nov 2014

Diageo has lowered the alcohol content on three of its RTD lines in Australia, including a reduction of its flavoured Smirnoff range from 37.5% to 30%.

just the Week in - Spirits & Wine

24 Oct 2014

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

Smirnoff Ice gets India launch as Diageo eyes RTD market

22 Oct 2014

Diageo is looking to crack India's RTD market with the launch of Smirnoff Ice and its stronger variant, Smirnoff Black, in the country.

Product Launch - Diageo's Smirnoff Sours

24 Sep 2014

Diageo has extended the flavour offering from its Smirnoff vodka brand with the release of three sour variants.

Analysis - Will Diageo seize the day as "nadir" reached?

1 Aug 2014

Last year, it was Diageo's emerging markets that propped up the company's full-year results.

just On Call - Diageo chief admits "tougher than expected" year as China bites

31 Jul 2014

Diageo's CEO has admitted the year has been “tougher than expected” and defended the company's stake in baijiu brand Shuijingfang.

Product Launch – US: Diageo's Smirnoff Sorbet Light Summer Strawberry, White Peach

30 Jul 2014

Diageo has released two further additions to its Smirnoff Sorbet Light lower-calorie portfolio in the US.

GLOBAL: Emperador Inc rises up spirits volumes chart - figures

30 Jun 2014

Emperador Inc's namesake brandy became the second-largest spirits brand in the world last year, but still trails far behind HiteJinro's South Korean soju Jinro, new figures show.

just the Facts – The Power 100 2014

2 Jun 2014

Earlier today (2 June), brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business released the results of its latest survey of the world's wine and spirits brands. Here's a look at 'The Power 100', along with the methodology used to draw up the list.

GLOBAL: Johnnie Walker retains Power 100 top spot - poll

2 Jun 2014

Diageo's Johnnie Walker has come top of a poll assessing the leading global wine and spirits brands, for the second year running.

just the Facts - Diageo in the US

30 May 2014

Yesterday (29 May), Diageo announced its intention to spend US$115m on a new whiskey distillery in the US. Here, we look at the company's existing production footprint in the country.

just On Call - Diageo Lat Am seeks spirits safety net for Scotch slip

16 May 2014

Diageo's Latin America head is keen to dilute the company's dependence on Scotch whisky sales in the region to guard against potential slowdowns.

just the Facts - Emperador Inc

9 May 2014

After months of speculation, a buyer for Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay finally emerged today (9 May). Philippines-based Emperador Inc has agreed to acquire the business from Diageo-controlled United Spirits for GBP430m (US$729m). Here, just-drinks offers a more detailed look at Emperador:

UK: Lion Capital silent over Whyte & Mackay bid with ex-CEO

14 Apr 2014

Private equity firm Lion Capital has declined to comment on a report it has teamed up with Whyte & Mackay's (W&M) former CEO to table a bid for the Scotch whisky producer.

GLOBAL: Diageo unveils global Smirnoff push - video

9 Apr 2014

Diageo has released details of a new global multi-media marketing campaign for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

Product Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo's Smirnoff Gold Apple

1 Apr 2014

Diageo has lined up an apple-flavoured addition to its Smirnoff Gold liqueur collection.

Product Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo's Smirnoff White

13 Mar 2014

Diageo is set to release a Travel Retail-exclusive “super-premium” extension of its Smirnoff vodka brand.

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