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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.


Using Big Data to create smart shops - the future of retail in China - analysis 17 May 2018

The way consumers shop in China is changing. The country's Internet giants are using e-commerce data to blend on- and off-line experiences in an effort to create a 'new retail' landscape. In this report, Lucy Britner offers an overview of the major changes and a closer look at how food and beverage companies are getting involved.


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.

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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.


Distell Group selects Camus unit for Scotch distribution in China 9 Jul 2018

South Africa’s Distell Group has announced a distribution tie-up with Camus subsidiary Yuanliu Int’l Trade Co to handle three of its Scotch whisky brands in China.


China's thirst for Australian wine continues as purchases move online - research 5 Jul 2018

China's imported wine consumption continues to rise, driven by Australian wine.


Diageo seeks to boost Sichuan Shuijingfang stake 25 Jun 2018

Diageo wants to up its stake in Sichuan Shuijingfang and take majority control of the baijiu producer.


The Coca-Cola Co ramps up China footprint with new factory 15 Jun 2018

The Coca-Cola Co has opened a new production plant in southern China.


'New retail' will become normal retail in China – Pernod Ricard China MD 13 Jun 2018

The head of Pernod Ricard's operations in China has claimed that so-called 'new retail' is fast becoming a reality in the country.


Remy Cointreau CEO joins Pernod Ricard in hailing China Cognac health 8 Jun 2018

The head of Remy Cointreau has added her own weight to bullish industry sentiment on China's Cognac category, saying she expects strong growth for the category in the country over the coming year.

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.