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GLOBAL: Market toasts Diageo on solid FY

25 Aug 2011

Diageo is bullish on sales and profits growth over the medium-term, after seeing emerging markets help to insulate the Smirnoff distiller from troubles in Europe in its most recent fiscal year.

TURKEY: Diageo completes Mey Icki purchase

24 Aug 2011

Diageo has succeeded in gaining a strong foothold in Turkey's emerging spirits market by completing a deal to acquire Mey Içki for US$2.1bn.

VIETNAM: Diageo raises stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Co

24 Aug 2011

Diageo has agreed deals to raise its stake in Vietnam's Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Co to 30%, as part of its strategy to expand in fast-growing spirits markets.

GLOBAL: Diageo sees Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker shine in brand list - research

19 Aug 2011

Diageo is toasting the release of The IWSR’s Top 50 International Spirits Brands list, holding on to the top spot and boasting the largest grower in the top ten.

UK: Diageo distillery reopens after acid spill

17 Aug 2011

Diageo has restarted operations at its Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland, following an acid spill at the site.

TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo shuffles exec pack

28 Jul 2011

Diageo has appointed Steve White as its marketing director for Global Travel & Middle East, as part of several executive changes at the division.

Comment - Spirits - And, For the Lady?

21 Jul 2011

Ladies are all the rage in the drinks industry, it would appear. With product launches in beer, soft drinks and spirits targetting the fairer sex, it would appear that the female of the species is in the spotlight. But, Richard Woodard is unimpressed - and he's got Diageo in his crosshairs.

Product Launch - US: Diageo's Smirnoff Coconut Flavored Vodka

21 Jul 2011

Diageo's Smirnoff Coconut Flavored Vodka

Drinks Retail – Part I: Developed Markets see Off-Trade Flourish as On-Trade Struggles

30 Jun 2011

This month's management briefing for just-drinks' subscribers looks at the retail landscape for alcoholic drinks. In part one, we look at the shift from the on-trade to the off-trade in the mature markets.

UPDATE - CHINA: Diageo not seeking full ShuiJingFang takeover

27 Jun 2011

Diageo does not intend to acquire all outstanding shares in ShuiJingFang, even though Chinese regulators have cleared the drinks giant to pursue a full takeover of the premium white spirits producer.

CHINA: Diageo cleared for shot at ShuiJingFang

27 Jun 2011

Diageo is able to launch a full takeover offer for ShuiJingFang, one of China's leading white spirits producers, after securing regulatory approval to acquire control of the group's largest shareholder.

just On Call - Pernod Ricard considers tie-ups in Africa

24 Jun 2011

Pernod Ricard is working on ways to better compete with Diageo in Africa, including via possible tie-ups with other companies.

just On Call - Pernod Ricard targets Eastern Europe growth

23 Jun 2011

Pernod Ricard's CEO for Europe has said that he sees strong opportunities for premium spirits in Eastern Europe.

GREECE: Concern for drinks firms as Greece economy worsens

14 Jun 2011

Drinks firms such as Diageo and Heineken are expected to continue pulling resources out of Greece over the next 12 months as the country's economy worsens.

NETHERLANDS: Diageo rubbishes Ketel One takeover talk

8 Jun 2011

Sources close to Diageo have poured cold water on speculation that it may seek a full takeover of Ketel One vodka.

US: Diageo to cut jobs at Maryland facility

3 Jun 2011

Diageo is set to cut up to 55 jobs as part of a restructuring at its production and bottling facility in the US state of Maryland.

Product Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo's Smirnoff Espresso

13 May 2011

Diageo's Smirnoff Espresso

The PIGS Markets - Part II: Ireland

12 Apr 2011

The second part of this month's management briefing, looking at the markets of Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, sees RIchard Woodard look at the situation in Ireland.

UK: Diageo enters bidding for Stock Spirits

14 Mar 2011

Diageo is one of several parties in the running to buy Stock Spirits from its private equity owner, Oaktree Capital Management.

Comment - Diageo Eyes Stock Spirits Lift

14 Mar 2011

Diageo will not break the bank to acquire Stock Spirits, but the group's strong position in Central and Eastern Europe could be a neat antidote to the Smirnoff maker's travails further south.

RUSSIA: Russian Standard volumes rise in 2010

2 Mar 2011

Russian Standard will spend up to US$10m to upgrade its newly-acquired Buinsky Spirit Distillery as it looks to build on a rise in volume sales in 2010.

just the Round-up - The week in drinks

25 Feb 2011

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

Comment - Diageo's Mey Icki deal

21 Feb 2011

Diageo's deal for Mey Içki is set to mark a turnaround for the drinks giant's fortunes in Turkey's promising spirits market.

TURKEY: Diageo to acquire Mey Içki

21 Feb 2011

Diageo has signed a deal to acquire Turkey's leading spirits producer, Mey Içki, in a US$2.1bn deal that will enhance the Smirnoff maker's presence in emerging markets.

Comment - Spirits - Beam Global Would Help Diageo Breach the Chinese Wall

17 Feb 2011

Diageo's results last week spelt out one strong message, as far as M&A nut Richard Woodard is concerned. Let's watch him clap his hands and jump up and down as he tells us what he heard.

UK: Diageo's H1 weakened by Europe

10 Feb 2011

Weak consumer confidence in Europe has subdued a rise in sales and profits for Diageo in its fiscal half-year.

just the Preview - Diageo H1

9 Feb 2011

Diageo is set to report its second quarter and half-year results tomorrow (10 February). Here, just-drinks takes a look at the highs and lows for Diageo over its second fiscal quarter, the final three months of calendar 2010.

Comment - Diageo goes Native in Vietnam

27 Jan 2011

Diageo's decision to partner with Vietnam's local spirits hero, Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Co, looks like a shrewd move, even if the financial benefits start at a trickle.

VIETNAM: Diageo buys stake in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Co

26 Jan 2011

Diageo is set to increase its presence in Vietnam after agreeing to acquire almost 24% of leading local spirits group Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Co for GBP33m (US$52.2m).

UK: Diageo rejects link between pricing and alcohol harm

20 Jan 2011

Diageo continues to reject a link between cheap drinks and alcohol-related harm in the UK.

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