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This weeks spirits & wine coverage on just-drinks

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

Concha y Toro has hailed the success of a recently-introduced restructuring programme, although sales in the year-to-date remain down on 2016.

In early-November, Concha y Toro released its results for both the first nine months od 2017 and the third quarter. In the year-to-date, the wine group's sales were down by 4.5% on the corresponding period a year ago, with Q3 sales also dipping, by 5.5%. Here, just-drinks breaks down the company's figures for the year so far on both a quarterly and a regional basis.

Following on from just-drinks' analysis of Diageo's performance over the last five years, spirits commentator Richard Woodard considers the takeaways for the wider spirits industry.

Gruppo Campari has produced a strong sales performance in the Americas for the year so far, with the region driving a mid-single-digit increase in the group's top-line for the nine months to the end of September.

Earlier today, Gruppo Campari posted a boost in nine-month sales as priority brands in developed markets drove performance. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the company's year-to-date performance by region.

Following the release of third-quarter and year-to-date results yesterday, analysts appear to be largely impressed with a "well-run" and "focused" Gruppo Campari. 

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

The California wildfires did not "significantly" affect the state's wine harvest this year, which benefited from a drought-ending rainfall, a new report has said.

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

There is no question that high levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to severe adverse effects on the foetus, with the most serious condition known as foetal alcohol syndrome. Many studies have also related alcohol intake during pregnancy with premature birth, low birth weight, and the infant being small for gestational age (SGA). Data on the effects of occasional or light drinking are not as clear, but most studies have not detected adverse effects.

Around 20% of UK consumers intend to drink less alcohol over the festive season, according to recently-released research.

After years of trying - and failing - are the drinks industry's attempts to educate consumers finally falling on open ears? On-premise and spirits commentator Laura Foster investigates.

Tired of losing sales to higher alcohol categories like spirits and wine, brewers of beer and flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) seem to have decided that if you cannot beat them, join them. A new generation of high-abv products offers consumers twice the alcohol content or more of 'regular' beer or FABs and looks likely to be the alcohol trend to watch in 2018.


Sectors: Spirits, Wine

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