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Why Australia will be the wine to watch in China in 2019 - Analysis 6 Dec 2018

Australia's wine producers will be looking forward to 2019, as wine tariff rates in China, the industry's largest export market, hit the maximum benefit next year from the Free Trade Agreement signed three years ago.


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?

Latest News

Chinese consumers "less about show, more about know" - Diageo 9 Nov 2018

Chinese higher-end spirits consumers are moving from "show" to "know", Diageo has said, as the trend of conspicuous consumption makes way for a greater desire for knowledge and experience.


Heineken to complete China Resources Enterprises deal in 2019 5 Nov 2018

Heineken will close its new China partnership with CR Snow next year, the brewer has said.


Carlsberg on track to enter 31 Chinese cities before 2020 5 Nov 2018

The CEO of Carlsberg has said the brewer aims to be present in 31 Chinese cities by the end of next year.


China's 'new retail' to represent 33% of consumer spending by 2023 – research 31 Oct 2018

The combination of on- and off-line retail sales in China could account for up to a third of all consumer spending in the country by 2023.


Alibaba eyes wine opportunity with US$290m investment in 1919.cn - report 22 Oct 2018

Alibaba is to invest CNY2bn (US$290m) in Chinese alcohol retailer 1919.cn, according to a report.


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.

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.