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Pernod Ricard breaks new boundaries with Chinese malt whisky distillery - Comment 12 Sep 2019

The recent unveiling of Pernod Ricard Asia's plans to produce China's first domestically-sourced single malt whisky is undoubtedly a landmark moment in brown spirits. Category commentator Neil Ridley considers whether Chinese whisky could become a contender to the other 'world whiskies'.

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

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.

Have international spirits companies finally got China right?- Comment 30 Apr 2019

Having witnessed international spirits brand-owners emerge from the Chinese roller-coaster in varying states of dizziness, category commentator Richard Woodard believes the likes of Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Remy Cointreau and Moet Hennessy are now sitting a little prettier in the front seats.

Why Remy Cointreau is hoping Chinese history doesn't repeat itself – analysis 25 Apr 2019

Everything in Remy Cointreau's garden is coming up roses at the moment, but the group has been here before. What chance, then, that the spirits company's sales take another buffeting out east, as was the case earlier this decade?

Is Anheuser-Busch InBev preparing for Heineken's China push? - just-drinks thinks 11 Jan 2019

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 region serve more as a signal of the company's preparation for Heineken's tie-up with China Resources Enterprises in the coming months?

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Pernod Ricard breaks ground on US$150m whisky distillery in China 29 Aug 2019

Pernod Ricard is to open a malt whisky distillery in south-west China.

Crime crackdown hitting Carlsberg volumes in China - CEO Cees 't Hart 16 Aug 2019

Carlsberg's CEO has blamed an anti-crime crackdown on China's bars and karaoke venues for stifling growth of the brewer's flagship lager brand.

Beam Suntory’s Bowmore 36-Year-Old Dragon Edition - Product Launch 9 Aug 2019

Beam Suntory has released a Bowmore Scotch whisky that aims to emulate the success of a whisky launched in Asia 13 years ago.

Swire Coca-Cola moves China HQ to Shanghai 2 Aug 2019

Hong Kong-based Swire Coca-Cola is to move its China HQ to Shanghai.

Hostess karaoke bars could disappear from China on-premise - Remy Cointreau CEO 7 Jun 2019

Remy Cointreau's CEO has said sales through China's so-called traditional on-premise could soon be a thing of the past as hostess-style karaoke bars face renewed pressure to close.

Pernod Ricard Asia CEO calls for calm on China XO Cognac prices, cools social credit fears 4 Jun 2019

Pernod Ricard's Asia-Pacific head has warned the Cognac industry against using an XO age-change as an excuse for introducing rapid price increases in China.

"Tiny" Shuijingfang gives Diageo grounds for Chinese optimism - Diageo Capital Markets Day 2019 31 May 2019

Diageo has voiced its satisfaction at having secured majority control of Shuijingfang in recent months, despite the baijiu brand accounting for only a "tiny" part of the sector's higher-end.

Remy Cointreau works with China Duty Free Group on Hangzhou pop-up 21 May 2019

Rémy Cointreau has partnered with China’s leading travel retailer, China Duty Free Group, to open a pop-up Rémy Martin store in Hangzhou airport.

Speyside Distillers China deal includes "option to invest" for Luzhou Laojiao - TFWA Asia-Pacific 16 May 2019

A new distribution partnership for Speyside Distillers in China could see the Scotch whisky maker sell a stake to one of China's biggest alcohol companies.

Pernod Ricard adds portfolio to Chinese price comparison app Jessica’s Secret 2 May 2019

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a partnership with Chinese Travel Retail price comparison app Jessica’s Secret.