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Heineken faces China distribution gap - comment

It has been almost 15 years since I managed a bar in Chengdu, one of China's biggest second-tier cities, but I still remember the early afte...

Traditional herbs can boost Indian beer sales

Craft beer brands in India can boost sales with health-aware consumers by adding traditional immunity-boosting ingredients....

How will the coronavirus impact beverages?

In 2003, I was living in Taipei at the height of the SARS panic. The city was a sea of facemasks and hand sanitiser. Taipei's crowded public...

Pernod breaks boundaries with Chinese distillery

The recent unveiling of Pernod Ricard Asia's plans to produce China's first domestically-sourced single malt whisky is undoubtedly a landmar...

Latest Interviews

"Drinking has its taboo side in India, but that's changing" - just-drinks speaks to William Grant & Sons' India head, Sachin Mehta 28 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

It has been a decade since William Grant & Sons established a standalone distribution unit in India. You may ask what took the company so long - India, after all, has long been the world's largest whisk(e)y market by volume and Scotch giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard have been in-market much longer.


Pernod Ricard's Chinese malt whisky distillery - just-drinks speaks to China MD Jean-Etienne Gourgues and Asia marketing head Tracy Kwan 29 Aug 2019

Andy Morton

Earlier today, Pernod Ricard unveiled plans to build a malt whisky distillery near Mount Emei, one of China's four sacred Buddhist peaks. The distillery is expected to start production in 2021, with the first product set to be released in 2023. just-drinks deputy editor Andy Morton spoke to Pernod's China MD, Jean-Etienne Gourgues, and Asia VP of marketing Tracy Kwan by phone from Emei to hear more about the project.

Latest News

Pernod Ricard opens Sanya boutique as analysts predict Hainan Travel Retail boom 26 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

Pernod Ricard is to open a Travel Retail outlet in Sanya, the Chinese resort town identified this week as a future key market for Europe-based spirits brand owners.


Fresh China travel restrictions threaten holiday alcohol sales - analyst 25 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

The Chinese New Year selling period may face disruption after a new COVID-19 outbreak in China saw a return of lockdowns, an analyst has warned.


Anheuser-Busch InBev takes on Beam Suntory distribution in Brazil 21 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to distribute Beam Suntory's spirits portfolio in Brazil, including the Jim Beam and Maker's Mark brands.


Kirin Holdings agrees US$30m deal for Bira 91 stake 5 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

Kirin Holdings is to pay about US$30m for a minority stake in India's B9 Beverages, the owner of craft beer brand Bira 91.


Remy Cointreau, Roust Group extend Eastern Europe bunk-up - Cognac in Russia data 22 Dec 2020

Olly Wehring

Rémy Cointreau has extended its distribution arrangement with Russian Standard vodka owner Roust Group for Hungary, Poland and Russia.


Roust Group's Siberian Troika vodka - Product Launch - Vodka in Russia data 16 Dec 2020

Olly Wehring

Russian Standard vodka brand owner Roust Group has added a new mark to its spirits portfolio.



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