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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

Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co explores US$1bn IPO - report 3 Jul 2020

Andy Morton

Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co is considering launching an initial public offering that could raise in the region of US$1bn, according to a report.


Costa Coffee brews Coca-Cola-flavoured coffee for China 30 Jun 2020

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co has launched Coca-Cola-flavoured coffees in Chinese branches of Costa Coffee.


Boycotts, taxes may trip up brewers in China - analyst 29 Jun 2020

Andy Morton

Brewers in China could face new taxes on premium beer as well as Government-backed boycotts of international brands, an analyst has warned.


Venue's hospital conversion prompts Beviale Moscow cancellation 29 Jun 2020

Olly Wehring

The organisers of this year's Beviale Moscow trade show have called off the event as its venue in the city is being used as a hospital.


Beverage rivals join forces for US$76m Brazil retail relief effort 10 Jun 2020

Andy Morton

Beverage companies in Brazil including The Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo and Heineken are collaborating on a BRS370m (US$76m) rescue plan for small business owners.


Chinese alcohol companies post 9% sales slide through coronavirus lockdown 9 Jun 2020

Andy Morton

Sales for Chinese alcohol producers dropped 9% in the first four months of this year, according to new government figures.



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