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China spirit - How Diageo reinflated the baijiu bubble - Part II 6 Sep 2017

In a visit to the home of Diageo's Chinese spirit brand, Shuijingfang, news & insights editor Andy Morton looks back at the fall - and subsequent rise - of baijiu, and shows how the company is learning from past mistakes to help shape the Chinese white spirits' future. Here's part two of Andy's story.

China spirit - How Diageo got burned by the baijiu bubble - Part I 6 Sep 2017

In a visit to the home of Diageo's Chinese spirit brand, Shuijingfang, news & insights editor Andy Morton looks back at the fall - and subsequent rise - of baijiu, and shows how the company is learning from past mistakes to help shape the future of the baijiu category.

"More Chinese people like wine - they want to know more about it" - Interview, Alan's Wines & Spirits chairman Alan Wang 12 Jun 2017

Alan Wang is the founder of Alan's Wines & Spirits, which has 86 off-premise sites across China. just-drinks sat down with him during the 2017 China Food & Drinks Fair in Chengdu, where he spoke about the changing face of the Chinese consumer and reveals what he looks for in wine before allowing it on his shelves.

Why China is as much about wine production as wine consumption - Comment 8 Sep 2016

Looking through the mist, Chris Losh can see China's wine production efforts becoming of greater importance to the wine world than the country's potential to consume the stuff.

"A lot of companies are just selling labels in China" - Interview, Concha y Toro's CEO for Asia, Cristian Lopez 23 Mar 2016

Ask a Chinese person about Chile and they will immediately mention one thing - cherries. The country is famous in China for its red cherries, which people see as wholesome and healthy. Chilean wine, however, is quickly catching up in the recognition stakes. According to Wines of Chile, exports to China increased by 47% last year, and the country now ranks as the third-biggest market for bottled Chilean wine.

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Baijiu back on track as Kweichow Moutai YTD 2017 sales, profits leap - results 3 Nov 2017

China's leading baijiu producer, Kweichow Moutai, has boosted nine-month profits by 60% as the Chinese white spirit market continues to recover.

China Foods to offload Great Wall owner COFCO Wines & Spirits amid slowing wine market 18 Oct 2017

China Foods has blamed a slowing Chinese wine market for its decision to sell COFCO Wines & Spirits, one of the largest alcohol importers in the country and the owner of the domestic brand, Great Wall.

Asahi asset tidy continues with Tsingtao Brewery Co stake poised for offload 16 Oct 2017

Asahi Group Holdings has started the wheels rolling on a potential divestment of its stake in China's Tsingtao Brewery Co.

Ultra-premium baijiu set for fast growth as consumer profiles hit the "sweetspot" - study 13 Oct 2017

Ultra-premium baijiu volumes are expected to jump by 16% a year over the next five years as the number of high earners in China soars, a new report has said.

Rising drinking culture to boost spirits consumption in China - research 22 Sep 2017

An increase in the propensity to drink alcohol at social gatherings is set to drive the spirits market in China, according to new research.

Mistakes made in China, but increased spend to pull Chivas back - Pernod Ricard 5 Sep 2017

The head of Pernod Ricard’s Scotch whisky unit has admitted the group "made mistakes" with the Chivas Regal brand in China in the most recent fiscal year.

Diageo hands Guinness distribution to Anheuser-Busch InBev in China 30 Aug 2017

Diageo has appointed Anheuser-Busch InBev as the exclusive distributor for its Guinness beer brand in mainland China.

Premiumisation drives China Resources Beer Co H1 2017 - results 25 Aug 2017

China Resources Beer Co has posted a lift in first-half sales, with the group's full consolidation of the China Resources Snow Breweries JV boosting its bottom line.

The Coca-Cola Co hot weather promotion adds shine to China’s Sprite sales 9 Aug 2017

The Coca-Cola Co has said it has given away more than 10m cups of Sprite in a weather-based promotion in China.

Spirits set to beat wine in China profits chase - study 8 Aug 2017

Wine volumes in China are set to outpace spirits over the next decade, a new report has said, but the category risks treading water when it comes to profits growth.

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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.

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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.