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just the Facts - Diageo and India

25 Sep 2012

Earlier today (25 September), Diageo confirmed that it is seeking to buy a stake in UB Group's United Spirits division in India. Here's a look at the Indian alcoholic drinks landscape and Diageo's current position in it.

UK/IRELAND: Diageo launches limited-edition Smirnoff bottles

11 Sep 2012

Diageo has unveiled limited-edition bottle wraps for its flavoured Smirnoff vodka lines in the UK and Ireland.

EUROPE: Diageo's M&A plans put Pernod Ricard in shade - analyst

31 Aug 2012

Diageo has overtaken Pernod as the investor's choice in European spirits because it is more likely to spend on acquisitions, an analyst has said.

GLOBAL: Diageo sticks with nightlife for next Smirnoff push

29 Aug 2012

Diageo has lined up its next global marketing campaign for the Smirnoff vodka brand.

UK: Diageo "on track" for medium term as FY numbers hold firm

23 Aug 2012

Diageo has posted increases in sales and profits for its latest fiscal year, with the troubles in Southern Europe failing to hold back the emerging markets.

Comment - Spirits - What makes a brand 'global'?

16 Aug 2012

How do you define a truly international brand? And does it matter. Can it be decided purely on volumes? Patience Gould digs out her atlas as she ponders the issue

UK: ASA rejects complaint over Diageo's Madonna advert

15 Aug 2012

Diageo has escaped a sanction from the UK's advertising authorites after a complaint over a TV ad featuring Madonna was rejected.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

10 Aug 2012

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

Comment - Social Media: Facebook 'Advertising' Sparks Headaches for Drinks Firms

7 Aug 2012

Social media remains a minefield for businesses - particularly drinks companies. While Twitter appears to be addressing the problems, by introducing a blanket age-gating system, Facebook is throwing up different issues. And two recent rulings in Australia will do nothing to reduce the number of sleepless nights for marketers.

GLOBAL: Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Bacardi duke it out in 2011 spirits chart - figures

7 Aug 2012

Pernod Ricard boasts the most brands in a list of the top 50 international spirits brands in 2011, but Diageo leads the pack once again with Smirnoff topping the tree.

GLOBAL: CEDC, Belvedere, forget troubles with fastest-growing spirits leadership - figures

7 Aug 2012

Central European Distribution Corp has hailed a welcome distraction from its recent troubles, with its Zubrowka vodka brand names as the fastest-growing spirits brand last year.

ASIA: Global brands will struggle to catch domestic giants - analyst

18 Jul 2012

Regional brands will continue to outsell international labels because drinking cultures remain local in most markets, an analyst has said.

EUROPE: Vodka marketing director exits Diageo

10 Jul 2012

Diageo has confirmed that its vodka marketing director for Western Europe, Simon Breckon, has left the company, after less than year in the role.

Product Launch - US: Diageo's Parrot Bay, Smirnoff Frozen Pouches

2 Jul 2012

Diageo's Parrot Bay, Smirnoff Frozen Pouches

Comment - Spirits - Nurturing All the Way to the Bank

19 Jun 2012

These days, mergers and acquisitions appear to be the main ways to own a big spirits brand. Patience Gould, for one, misses the days of building a brand from scratch. Is nurture no more?

GLOBAL: Pernod Ricard, United Spirits share spoils in best-selling brands list

12 Jun 2012

Pernod Ricard and United Spirits have shared the honours with 22 brands each on an annual list of the world's best-selling spirits brands.

US: Vodka still cream of US crop - figures

7 Jun 2012

New dessert flavours have boosted vodka's continung popularity in the US spirits market, while whiskey's resurgence continues unabated, according to an analyst's study of the country's fastest-growing spirits brands.

Comment - Diageo hunts down Pernod Ricard in Brazil

28 May 2012

Diageo's deal to acquire the Ypióca cachaça brand in Brazil puts the drinks giant in a better position to reel in Pernod Ricard in the country's growing market for premium spirits.

just the Answer - Diageo's president of LatAm & Caribbean, Randy Millian

28 May 2012

Earlier today (28 May), Diageo announced that it will buy the Ypióca cachaça brand in Brazil from Ypióca Agroindustrial Limitada for BRL900m (US$453.9m). As part of its press material, the company issued a short interview with the president of its Latin America and Caribbean operations, Randy Millian, in which he discussed the purchase.

just The Facts - Minimum pricing on alcohol in Scotland

18 May 2012

On Monday, the Scottish government confirmed it will set a minimum price of GBP0.50 (US$0.80) per unit of alcohol.

UK: Diageo "reticent" over Twitter use for marketing

14 May 2012

Diageo is "reticent" over fully embracing Twitter as a marketing tool until the social media site has introduced age-gating, it revealed today (May 14).

US: Price rises in US spirits market hits Diageo, Pernod Ricard volumes in Q1 - figures

16 Apr 2012

Both Diageo and Pernod Ricard saw spirits sales in the US off-trade dip in volume terms in the first quarter, thanks in part to prise rises, according to recent figures.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

13 Apr 2012

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

Product Launch - US: Diageo's Smirnoff Ice Black

10 Apr 2012

Diageo's Smirnoff Ice Black

EU: Diageo Europe chief shrugs off minimum pricing threat

3 Apr 2012

The head of Diageo Europe has branded UK minimum pricing a “very bad way to target the problem”, but has shrugged off the proposed law change as being a “long way off”.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

24 Feb 2012

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

UK: Diageo gives Vanilla Smirnoff UK ad push

21 Feb 2012

Diageo is to run an outdoor advertising campaign for the vanilla-flavoured variant of its Smirnoff vodka brand.

just The Preview - Pernod Ricard H1 & Q2

14 Feb 2012

Pernod Ricard is set to report its half-year and second-quarter results on Thursday (16 February). Here, just-drinks takes a look at highs and lows for the company in the three months to the end of December.

In the Spotlight - Diageo Scotch(es) the Critics in H1

10 Feb 2012

In Scotch whisky and Sean 'Diddy' Combs Diageo has a lot to be thankful for after a first-half performance that was generally toasted by analysts. Here, just-drinks looks more closely at the market reaction.

UK: "Uncertain" Europe hinders Diageo H1 as LatAm shines

9 Feb 2012

Diageo remains cautious about its short-term prospects after reporting that economic problems in Europe took the shine off strong global demand for premium Scotch whisky and vodka in the first half of its fiscal year.

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