This weeks spirits & wine coverage on just-drinks

This week's spirits & wine coverage on just-drinks

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories from the global spirits & wine categories. Click the links to see our round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & bottled water.

William Grant & Sons is offering a free Hendrick's gin & tonic to UK consumers in exchange for a cucumber.

Gruppo Campari has completed its full exit from the still wine category, offloading Château de Sancerre to Maison Ackerman.

Late last week, Diageo's Latin America & Caribbean president Alberto Gavazzi hosted a conference call with analysts. Gavazzi offered some insight into the region's burgeoning Scotch market, as well as plans for cachaça and the rise of cocktail culture. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at some key points from the call.

Our former beverage analyst Ian Shackleton has focused his attention this month on the post-election outlook in the UK and how macro uncertainty diminishes the role of the analyst. He also examines the latest data from The IWSR and laments that young people seem to be drinking less.

Diageo's Reserve unit has appointed Lauren Mote to the newly-created position of global cocktailian. 

Late last week, Brown-Forman released its full-year results for fiscal-2017. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of April dip by 3% as profits came in down compared to the year-prior, when the bottom-line was boosted by a one-off divestment. Here, just-drinks considers Brown-Forman's performance over the past five years.

Gruppo Campari has lined up a global relaunch of Grand Marnier, and is targeting mid-single-digit growth for the brand in the coming years.

Alan Wang was bitten by the wine bug while he was studying in California. When he returned to his native China in 2011, he started a wine store business that now has 86 outlets across China, catering to the growing demand from the country's middle-class consumers. Business is booming - Wang has plans to open 30 more stores this year - a situation he puts down to his decision to sell wine as a lifestyle rather than a product. His stores are decked out with flowers and also have cafés and spaces for events and tastings. "We are selling beauty, not wine," Wang said when just-drinks sat down with him during the 2017 China Food & Drinks Fair in Chengdu, the biggest wine & spirits exhibition in the country. He spoke about the changing face of the Chinese consumer and reveals what he looks for in wine before allowing it on his shelves.

Predictions that last week's UK General Election would be all about Brexit turned out to be inaccurate, but it is without doubt the issue dominating its fallout. Ben Cooper assesses the likelihood of a significant change in the UK's Brexit strategy.

Late last week, Remy Cointreau released its full-year results for fiscal-2017. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of March rise by 5% on the year-prior, with profits performing well as the group ups its attention on the higher-end of its portfolio. Here, just-drinks considers Remy Cointreau's performance over the past five years.

It's been a while, but one of our former beer commentators is back on just-drinks. In a guest-posting, Pete Brown considers what it takes to pull together an attention-grabbing awards submission.