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As Irish whiskey comes of age, so do its problems

It takes three years and a day for a whiskey in Ireland to mature long enough to be officially categorised as an Irish whiskey....


Neil Ridley | 23 Aug 2018

With the Global Travel Retail channel becoming such an important testing ground for new innovative expressions, have brown spirits brand owners found the perfect launch pad for NPD, or are they slowly but surely confusing consumers with mixed messages? Neil Ridley checks in for a nose around.


Richard Woodard | 26 Sep 2017

The robust growth of the huge international whisk(e)y category is set to continue in the coming years, driven by generational shifts, helpful cultural associations and the dominant (in volume terms) Indian whisky category. But, after hitting 307m cases in volume sales in 2016 and adding more than 46m cases over the past five years, growth will moderate slightly in the 2016-2021 period, reaching 350m-plus cases at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +2.9%.


Andy Morton | 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.


Richard Woodard | 18 May 2017

In wanting to trumpet their credentials, craft spirits brands still owe much to the bigger, more-established brands in the segments. Richard Woodard believes beating up the big boys leaves craft brands open to charges of biting the hand that feeds them.

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Andy Morton | 1 Nov 2017

Last month, William Grant & Sons opened a new grain distillery and bottling plant at its Tullamore Dew site. The ceremony, held on a rainswept afternoon in central Ireland, was one of the final stages in William Grant's Irish whiskey venture, launched when it bought the Tullamore Dew brand in 2010.


Andy Morton | 6 Dec 2016

Andre de Almeida had been William Grant & Sons' director for European Travel Retail for four years when he decided earlier this year to take up the role of Global Travel Retail head at Scotch whisky specialists Loch Lomond Group. That was in July, and now the Brazilian-born de Almeida, who moved to Scotland when he was 15, faces one of the biggest challenges of his career - establishing Loch Lomond as a player in the GTR channel.

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Olly Wehring | 5 Oct 2018

William Grant & Sons has reported a slight slowing in its annual rate of sales growth, although the top-line maintained its double-digit increase in 2017.


Andy Morton | 2 Oct 2018

Global spirits companies are turning to little-known Cognac brands to lure Asian consumers in the Global Travel Retail channel, as younger drinkers increasingly seek heritage and authenticity in the category.


Lucy Britner | 1 Oct 2018

William Grant & Sons has invested GBP13m (US$17m) in its Hendrick's Gin production facility as it looks to increase capacity and keep up with demand.


Andy Morton | 24 Sep 2018

William Grant & Sons has hit back at social media criticism of a US ad featuring late TV chef Anthony Bourdain.


Olly Wehring | 20 Sep 2018

William Grant & Sons has agreed a sponsorship deal for its Milagro Tequila brand with US basketball team the Sacramento Kings. 


Andy Morton | 10 Sep 2018

William Grant & Sons has launched a new Scotch whisky range that aims to simplify flavour messaging in the single malt category.


Andy Morton | 31 Aug 2018

William Grant & Sons has entered the Cognac category through a tie-up with La Guilde du Cognac.


Andy Morton | 9 Aug 2018

A makeover for William Grant & Sons' Ailsa Bay single malt whisky includes new packaging and "modified" liquid.


Andy Morton | 24 Jul 2018

William Grant & Sons has launched a fourth expression in its Glenfiddich Experimental series - a smokey whisky finished in rum casks.


Andy Morton | 17 Jul 2018

A new report from William Grant & Sons has underlined the ongoing strength of the UK's gin boom, revealing that the category accounted for two-thirds of all spirits sales growth in the past year.


Olly Wehring | 16 Jul 2018

Camus has announced a change of global brand manager for its namesake Cognac range, with a former William Grant & Sons executive assuming the position.


Olly Wehring | 11 Jul 2018

William Grant & Sons is piloting a new vermouth brand, produced using cascara, a by-product from the production of coffee.


Andy Morton | 9 Jul 2018

William Grant & Sons has appointed a former PepsiCo executive to head up its UK & Ireland commercial operations.


Andy Morton | 5 Jul 2018

William Grant & Sons has launched a 50-year-old Balvenie.


Andy Morton | 4 Jul 2018

William Grant & Sons to to rename its core Grant's expression as it rolls out a brand overhaul and new products for the blended Scotch whisky.


Lucy Britner | 20 Jun 2018

William Grant & Sons has lined up a partnership for it Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey brand with Irish airline Aer Lingus.


Andy Morton | 13 Jun 2018

William Grant & Sons has ramped up a Hendrick's Gin UK activation in which free G&Ts are handed out in return for cucumbers.


Andy Morton | 7 Jun 2018

William Grant & Sons is to bottle Grant's Blended Scotch whisky in India as part of its first production venture in the country.


Olly Wehring | 5 Jun 2018

William Grant & Sons has lined up the US roll-out of the fifth iteration in The Balvenie's Tun 1509 range.


Andy Morton | 14 May 2018

Diageo is piloting a new whisky website for its Johnnie Walker brand that allows consumers to buy a personalised bottle to match their own flavour preferences.


Lucy Britner | 9 May 2018

William Grant & Sons has used the newly-reopened drinks department at Harrods to launch an experiential initiative for its Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky brand.


Olly Wehring | 2 May 2018

William Grant & Sons has launched the next iteration in its peated line of The Balvenie single malt Scotch.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 22 Oct 2015

just-drinks is in Cannes this week at the Tax Free World Association show. Here's the second part of Andy Morton's blog, which will keep you up-to-date at one of the most important dates in the Travel Retail calendar.

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Country Profile: Spirits in the UAE

Country Profile: Spirits in the UAE

The UAE spirits sector is led by the ‘whiskey' category in both value and volume terms, and the category is also expected to register the fastest value and volume growth during 2017-2022. ‘On-trade tr...

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Country Profile: Spirits in Canada

Country Profile: Spirits in Canada

The Canadian spirits sector is led by the whiskey category, while the specialty spirits category is forecast to register the fastest growth in both value and volume terms during 2017-2022. Food & drin...

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Country Profile: Spirits in Malaysia

Country Profile: Spirits in Malaysia

The Malaysian spirits sector is led by the whiskey category in value terms, while the gin & genever category is expected to register the fastest value growth during 2017-2022. Hypermarkets & supermark...

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