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How will the coronavirus impact the beverage industry? - focus 7 Feb 2020

In 2003, I was living in Taipei at the height of the SARS panic. The city was a sea of facemasks and hand sanitiser. Taipei's crowded public transport suddenly became even less appealing. At a time when everyone had a SARS story to tell, I spoke to one doctor whose hospital was quarantined without warning, trapping staff, patients and even people who had dropped by to visit relatives.


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?

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PepsiCo rolls out Osmanthus Pepsi in China 29 May 2020

PepsiCo has launched a flower-flavoured version of the Pepsi CSD in China.


Trade show gloom lifts as ProWine China 2020 stays on-course 15 May 2020

The ProWine China 2020 trade exhibition looks set to go ahead, with organisers claiming preparations for the November show are "in full swing".


The Coca-Cola Co gets green light for China chilled milk JV - market data 13 May 2020

The Coca-Cola Co is to launch a chilled milk brand in China after agreeing a joint-venture with China Mengniu Dairy Co.


China on the mend despite nightlife lag - Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO 11 May 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev's volumes in China are starting to recover despite a slow return to growth from the country's nightlife channel, CEO Carlos Brito has said.


Nestle unveils NesQino personalised drinks machine - video 27 Apr 2020

Nestle has launched a "superfood" drinks maker that blends a selection of smoothies or milkshakes with functional benefits.


China drinks trade fair gets go-ahead as COVID-19 measures lifted 14 Apr 2020

The China Brew China Beverage trade exhibition is set to commence as planned, according to the show's organiser.


Kweichow Moutai Group launches online marketing push for Moutai baijiu 1 Apr 2020

Chinese baijiu market leader Kweichow Moutai Group has kicked off a global social media activation for its namesake brand.


China Resources Beer announces brewery closures in shift to premium - report 25 Mar 2020

Part Heineken-owned China Resources Beer is to close about 20 breweries in the country as it pivots away from low-value beer, according to a report.


China brewers face Q1 slump despite on-premise recovery - analyst 16 Mar 2020

First-quarter sales for China's leading brewers are expected to fall by about one-third as the country's on-premise slowly reopens, an analyst has said.


Coronavirus threat to Mizone factory looms over Danone's 2020 bottled water sales 27 Feb 2020

Danone's bottled water outlook for the year has been thrown into doubt because its Mizone production plant is in the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.