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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...

A-B InBev - getting ready for Heineken in China?

Today's reports on Anheuser-Busch InBev in Asia have focused on the brewer's debt pile. But, could the potential launch of an IPO in the reg...

Australia - the wine to watch in China in 2019

Australia's wine producers will be looking forward to 2019, as wine tariff rates in China, the industry's largest export market, hit the max...

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

Kweichow Moutai Group launches online marketing push for Moutai baijiu 1 Apr 2020

Rafaela Sousa

Chinese baijiu market leader Kweichow Moutai Group has kicked off a global social media activation for its namesake brand.


China Resources Beer announces brewery closures in shift to premium - report 25 Mar 2020

Andy Morton

Part Heineken-owned China Resources Beer is to close about 20 breweries in the country as it pivots away from low-value beer, according to a report.


China brewers face Q1 slump despite on-premise recovery - analyst 16 Mar 2020

Andy Morton

First-quarter sales for China's leading brewers are expected to fall by about one-third as the country's on-premise slowly reopens, an analyst has said.


Coronavirus claims latest trade show victim, Beviale Moscow rescheduled 11 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

The Russian leg of the global Beviale string of trade shows is the latest to be postponed, with coronavirus and COVID-19 forcing the organisers' hand.


Heineken to expand production as Brazil battle heats up 10 Mar 2020

Andy Morton

Heineken is to increase capacity at one of its breweries in Brazil as the company ramps up competition in the country with Anheuser-Busch InBev.


Diageo raises stake in United Spirits 5 Mar 2020

Lucy Britner

Diageo has acquired an additional interest in United Spirits, as it looks to grow premium spirits in the Indian market.



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