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Tmall's NPD silver bullet - what just-drinks thinks 17 Oct 2018

Will there come a time when companies know more than we know ourselves about what we want? If Alibaba's latest move is anything to go by, it seems likely.


Why the world's wine producers won't have it all their own way in China - Comment 11 Oct 2018

Fresh off the plane after a trip to China, just-drinks' wine commentator, Chris Losh, brings us his take on the category in the country and finds that the greater threat to success for the world's wine producers comes from within.


Heineken faces tough battle in China's growing super-premium tier - analysis 16 Aug 2018

Heineken is unlikely to tackle Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand head-on in China following the Dutch brewer's deal with CR Beer, an analyst has forecast. However, the group will be forced to fight for share in China's super-premium tier as international brewers increasingly flock to the growing end of the market.


Is Heineken risking too much to chase Anheuser-Busch InBev in China? - Comment 3 Aug 2018

For foreign businesspeople in China, it is the most cliched of scenarios - the over-ambitious company lured to disaster by the appeal of China's seemingly bottomless potential. The past 30 years is littered with examples. Is Heineken about to become the latest?


Middle-class Millennials, working with Tencent and using Big Data – Pernod Ricard's operations in China - Focus 12 Jun 2018

Last week, Pernod Ricard hosted analysts, journalists and investors at its latest Capital Market Day, in China. The company outlined its ambition to double the size of the imported spirits sector in the country by 2025.

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Campari Group opens "flagship" store on Alibaba's Tmall marketplace 18 Oct 2018

Campari Group has opened a store on Alibaba's e-commerce platform Tmall, as it looks to take advantage of the growing trend towards cocktail and spirits among Chinese consumers.


Alibaba's Tmall eyes faster product innovation in market research deal 17 Oct 2018

Alibaba's e-commerce platform has partnered with a range of market research groups as it looks to help companies speed up their new product development process.


Mahou San Miguel prepares China re-entry as premium beer heats up 21 Sep 2018

Spain's biggest beer exporter Mahou San Miguel is looking to re-enter the Chinese beer market as leading global brewers continue to flock to China's premium and above segment.


Premium allure tempts Sapporo back to China with Anheuser-Busch InBev 20 Sep 2018

Sapporo Breweries has announced its pending return to China, partnering up with Anheuser-Busch InBev's operations in the country to handle distribution.


Leading Chinese brewers drive up H1 sales on premium focus - report 30 Aug 2018

China's two biggest brewers have posted first-half sales rises as consumers increasingly move to premium beers, according to a report.


China becomes Carlsberg's number one as Asia continues to excite 20 Aug 2018

China overtook Russia to become Carlsberg's biggest market in the first half of this year, with the brewer expressing an interest in further M&A activity in Asia.


Heineken links up with China Resources Enterprises in US$3.1bn deal 3 Aug 2018

Heineken is betting on premium beer growth in China with a US$3.1bn partnership with Snow owner China Resources Enterprises.


Pickering’s Gin opens gin bar in Beijing, plans roll out across China 24 Jul 2018

Scottish gin brand Pickering’s has opened what is claimed to be Beijing’s first dedicated gin bar, as part of a strategy that could see 19 more venues open across China.


Cider Supply Co launches Galipette brand in China 16 Jul 2018

France-based Cider Supply Co has agreed distribution in mainland China for its Galipette cider brand with Shanghai-based beverage importer Craft Republic.


E&J Gallo signs three-year deal with China's Alibaba 13 Jul 2018

E&J Gallo has become the latest wine firm to team up with China's internet giant Alibaba.

Latest blogs

Did Alibaba's 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival flop? 27 Sep 2016

Major wine players flocked to China ready for online giant Alibaba's 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival, which took place on 9 September.


Djokovic learns Chinese as Jacob's Creek tries to love-all 2 Feb 2015

Tennis player Novak Djokovic was on top of the world yesterday after defeating Andy Murray in four sets to take the Australian Open title.


Will grey sky thinking lead to broccoli beverage boom? 20 Jun 2014

A joint US and Chinese study released this week found that a tea made with broccoli sprouts helps the body to break down and expunge high levels of the chemical benzene.