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January 30, 2015

just the week in – Spirits & Wine

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

By Andy Morton

Here’s a round-up of this week’s highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.

just the Answer – Sebastian Aguirre, Concha y Toro Marketing Director for Premium Wines

Our editor Olly Wehring has been travelling through the winelands of Chile with the country’s biggest wine producer, Concha y Toro. While there, he met Sebastian Aguirre, the company’s marketing director for premium wines, to delve deeper into CyT’s biggest brand, Casillero del Diablo.

Baijiu brands open to foreign investment as ownership rules change

Reforms to the rules covering foreign ownership of baijiu brands in China could see an influx of overseas investment in the category, according to a new report. 

Brown-Forman appoints Jack Daniel’s president

Brown-Forman has promoted its “most experienced global executive” to oversee Jack Daniel’s in a newly-created role.

Remy Cointreau moves Chapoulaud-Floquet into CEO seat

Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet has officially taken over as Remy Cointreau’s CEO and revealed a shake-up for the French group’s management team. 

Sustainability in Drinks – Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight

Sponsorship of sporting events by alcohol companies is once again under intense scrutiny, across a number of countries, and pressure on policymakers to regulate against it is increasing. Ben Cooper delves deeper.

Comment – Diageo Steps Up Doughty Defence of Haig Club

Predictably, the ever-vigilant UK charity Alcohol Concern has complained about the TV ad for Diageo’s David Beckham-backed Scotch whisky, Haig Club. 

Diageo H1 sales flatline as Q2 shows signs of improvement

Diageo has reported a slight improvement in its fiscal second quarter, as falling sales in Q1 levelled, but profits in the company’s half year struggled.

Comment – Spirits – Where Next for Scotch Whisky?

The Scotch whisky category appears to have hit a tipping point. What does the future look like for the until-recently booming category? Ian Buxton voices his concerns.

just On Call – US spirits pricing went “a little high” – Diageo

Diageo has conceded that it raised the prices of some of its more mainstream brands in the US too quickly, leading to slowing spirits sales in the company’s fiscal first half.

Preview of the Year – 2015 – Part III: Spirits

Part three of Euromonitor International’s preview of the year ahead sees the company’s senior alcoholic drinks analyst, Spiros Malandrakis, forecast the five key trends that will come to bear on the overall spirits category.

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