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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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Commercial director at Diageo’s Shui Jing Fang moves to William Grant & Sons in Asia Pacific 9 Apr 2018

William Grant & Sons has recruited a former Diageo executive to head up its Travel Retail operations across Asia Pacific.

US wine fears "significant" Chinese hit should trade war catch fire 26 Mar 2018

The trade association for California’s wine industry has warned that the fledgling trade row between the US and China could have a "significant negative impact" on its exports to the booming market.

China readies retaliatory duties on US wine exports as tariff row escalates 23 Mar 2018

China's Ministry of Commerce has warned that it is prepared to impose retaliatory 15% duties on wine exports from the US, retaliating to the latter's imposition of 25% and 10% duties on imported steel and aluminium, respectively.

Heineken unlikely to loosen tight control over China assets - analyst 9 Mar 2018

An analyst has cast doubts on reports claiming that Heineken is to sell the Chinese rights to its flagship lager to China Resources Beer for US$1bn.

Heineken silent on US$1bn China sale report 8 Mar 2018

Heineken has declined to comment on a report it is in talks to sell its China business to China Resources Snow Breweries, the owner of the Snow beer brand.

Non-Champagnes set to drive sparkling wine consumption in China - research 9 Feb 2018

Sparkling wines outside of the Champagne category will lead a breakthrough in consumption among Chinese drinkers, according to new research. 

Anheuser-Busch InBev confirms China brewery launch for Goose Island, craft brands 8 Feb 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev has opened a new brewery in central China to produce beer specifically for the country’s growing craft market.

Tsingtao Brewery confirms price rises as costs increase 5 Jan 2018

Tsingtao Brewery has admitted it will raise prices on some of its products amid reports that China’s brewers are being forced to take action because of packaging cost increases.

The Coca-Cola Co cuts ribbon on 45th China bottling plant 4 Dec 2017

The Coca-Cola Co has opened its latest bottling plant in China, the soft drinks company's 45th in the country.

Spirits industry eyes boost as China cuts tariffs 24 Nov 2017

Industry trade groups have welcomed a move by China to cut tariffs on some of its spirits categories.

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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.