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February 5, 2021

From the just-drinks cellars – What happened in drinks on this day in …

Here's a look at what was happening in the drinks industry on this day in ...

By Rhodri Morgan

Here’s a look at what was happening in the drinks industry on this day in …

Deputy editor Andy Morton took us back to 2003, when he was living in Taipei at the height of the SARS panic. The city was a sea of facemasks, hand sanitiser and wary residents. Seventeen years on…

Two years ago, Pernod Ricard was moved to brush off an attack on its financial governance from activist investor Elliott Management Corp.

The spirits category continued to take share in the US, as the industry celebrated consumer confidence in the market. Trade organisation the Distilled Spirits Council said in early-2018 that supplier sales rose 4% in 2017 to US$26.2bn, with volumes lifting 2.6% to 226m cases.

Gruppo Campari announced its agreement four years ago to buy Bulldog Gin. just-drinks managed to nail down brand founder Anshuman Vohra to learn more about the transaction.

Diageo confirmed the sale of the Acacia winery and vineyard in California in 2016, having already sold off the Acacia brand.

Six years ago, US trade body DISCUS released a full breakdown of figures on how the spirits category had been performing in the US market and internationally. In 2014, the sector continued to steal share from beer in the US. just-drinks examined some more trends to keep an eye on.

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s swoop in 2014 for Blue Point Brewing Co served as further evidence of how seriously the global brewer was taking the threat, and opportunity, represented by craft beer.

Pernod Ricard started discussions to buy Cognac producer Le Maine au Bois.

On the back of the expectation that Bourbon sales would continue to head north early last decade, Beam announced plans to invest in infrastructure to support growth.

Chinese beer major Tsingtao Brewery launched in the Indian market ten years ago this week.

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