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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....


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.


Ian Buxton | 1 Feb 2017

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months.

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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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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.


Andy Morton | 19 Apr 2018

William Grant & Sons has launched a World Cup-themed promotion for its Reyka Icelandic Vodka in the US, urging disappointed football fans in the country to back the Iceland team.


Olly Wehring | 16 Apr 2018

Bryan Thomson, the head of William Grant & Sons' Asia Pacific operations has lined up his retirement, with former Diageo executive Doug Bagley lined up to replace him.


Olly Wehring | 10 Apr 2018

William Grant & Sons is lining up a limited edition iteration from The Balvenie's DoubleWood single malt range.


Olly Wehring | 9 Apr 2018

William Grant & Sons has recruited a former Diageo executive to head up its Travel Retail operations across Asia Pacific.


Andy Morton | 20 Feb 2018

William Grant & Sons has appointed a new Latin America head as it targets fresh growth for its whisky and gin brands in the region.


Lucy Britner | 19 Feb 2018

Innis & Gunn has partnered with William Grant's Irish whiskey brand Tullamore DEW to release a beer aged in whiskey barrels. 


Andy Morton | 25 Jan 2018

William Grant & Sons is to launch a month-long pop-up for its Sailor Jerry spiced rum brand in an old Glasgow warehouse.


Olly Wehring | 20 Dec 2017

William Grant & Sons has appointed Gary Keogh as the marketing director for its recently-created Europe, Middle East & Africa reporting region.


Andy Morton | 15 Nov 2017

William Grant & Sons is to launch tin cases for its 12- and 15-year-old Glenfiddich expressions.


Lucy Britner | 8 Nov 2017

Bacardi has announced the return of Maurice Doyle to the company, in the role of president of incubator brands & global commercial development.


Lucy Britner | 7 Nov 2017

William Grant & Sons has lined up a global Instagram competition for its Drambuie liqueur as it looks to engage bartenders with the brand. 


Andy Morton | 3 Nov 2017

Irish whiskey distiller Walsh Whiskey is to enter the Taiwanese market for the first time after signing a distribution deal.


Andy Morton | 26 Oct 2017

The CEO of William Grant & Sons has said the opening of a new grain distillery and bottling plant for Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey puts the brand in control of its own future for the next 100 years.


Andy Morton | 25 Oct 2017

William Grant & Sons' New York State-based Hudson Whiskey has offered 60 of its casks on direct sale to allow bars, restaurants and retailers to bottle their own spirit.


Andy Morton | 5 Oct 2017

William Grant & Sons' latest iteration of its Tullamore Dew brand aims to bring new innovation to the Irish whiskey category by combining it with rum.


Andy Morton | 29 Sep 2017

William Grant & Sons has said foreign exchange gains helped deliver strong profits and sales growth for the company last year.

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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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