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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.

Research in Focus - Vodka and the Flavour Fatigue

7 Feb 2014

The flavoured vodka category has been a growth engine of the spirits sector for some time, but new research from just-drinks suggests that the sub-category no longer represents the easy route to growth or the obvious 'go to' option for new product development that it did a few years ago.

UK/JAPAN: Suntory dismisses Whyte & Mackay bid rumours

21 Jan 2014

Suntory has denied it is bidding to acquire Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay.

Comment - Beam's Bourbons Attractive to Diageo, But Not Enough for a Counter-bid

15 Jan 2014

Is Diageo really considering leading a counter-bid consortium for Beam?

IRELAND: Warning issued over fake Smirnoff Red

19 Dec 2013

Ireland's health authorities have issued a warning to businesses and consumers after discovering a “small quantity” of fake Smirnoff Red Label circulating in the market.

Analysis - Vodka's global growth set to stay strong

2 Dec 2013

Vodka's global growth prospects remain “positive” with an opportunity for producers to grow volumes in mature and emerging markets, according to an analyst.

US: Flavoured vodka on-trade sales dip as whiskies grab share - figures

21 Nov 2013

Sales of flavoured vodka in the US on-trade have fallen 12% in the past 12 months, despite continued new entries to the category, latest figures reveal.

CZECH: Diageo deal "complementary" - Stock Spirits Group CEO

13 Nov 2013

Stock Spirits Group's CEO has said his firm's new alliance with Diageo is “complimentary” and won't see the two companies' brands competing against each other.

CZECH: Diageo signs distribution deal with Stock Spirits Group

13 Nov 2013

Diageo has appointed Stock Spirits Group to exclusively distribute its premium brands across Czech.

just For Subscribers - The week in drinks

1 Nov 2013

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

just Five Years Ago: Diageo eyes stake in United Spirits

29 Oct 2013

Five years ago this week talk of Diageo taking a stake in United Spirits first emerged. It set in train a series of events that this year saw the Smirnoff producer secure control of the Indian spirits firm.

US: Pernod Ricard, Diageo off-trade Scotch volumes soar - figures

29 Oct 2013

Pernod Ricard and Diageo's Scotch whisky brands continue to post surging volumes growth in the US off-trade, according to the latest AC Nielsen figures.

Sustainability in Spirits - Part IV - Packaging

23 Oct 2013

The final part of this month’s management briefing, which looks at environmental sustainability in the spirits industry, looks at the role that packaging has to play in helping to keep things green.

TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo ups Johnnie Walker Travel Retail volumes - Research

21 Oct 2013

Diageo's Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand strengthened its hold on the global Travel Retail market last year, increasing volumes by 15%, new figures have shown.

Research In Focus - Vodka: Absolut game-changer

7 Oct 2013

Is there a brand that has exerted a more profound influence on a drinks category than Absolut Vodka? Ben Cooper doubts it.

Product Launch - US: Diageo's Smirnoff Wild Honey, Cinna-Sugar Twist flavoured vodkas

7 Oct 2013

Diageo's Smirnoff Wild Honey, Cinna-Sugar Twist flavoured vodkas

Product Launch - AUS: Diageo's Smirnoff Double Black

4 Oct 2013

Diageo's Smirnoff Double Black

just On Call - Diageo ups on-trade focus after taking "foot off the pedal"

18 Sep 2013

Diageo has been too heavily focussed on off-trade distribution in global markets in recent years and took its “foot off the pedal” in the on-trade, a senior company executive has admitted.

GLOBAL: Diageo lines up Smirnoff brand director switch

9 Sep 2013

Diageo has confirmed a change of global brand director for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

Comment - Spirits - Searching for the Next Johnnie Walker

20 Aug 2013

This month, Ian Buxton runs the rule over Diageo's recently-announced spirits start-up support programme.

Product Launch - UK: Diageo's Smirnoff Apple Bite

20 Aug 2013

Diageo has launched a pre-mix Smirnoff vodka can into the UK market ahead of a wider European rollout.

UK: Diageo rolls out Smirnoff Gold to UK

19 Aug 2013

Diageo is launching its Smirnoff Gold brand in the UK.

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