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Is the pisco breakthrough on its way? - analysis

Earlier this year, just-drinks visited an array of pisco producers in Chile, on a trip organised by trade association Pisco Chile. From smal...

How will the coronavirus impact beverages?

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...

Pernod breaks boundaries with Chinese distillery

The recent unveiling of Pernod Ricard Asia's plans to produce China's first domestically-sourced single malt whisky is undoubtedly a landmar...

A-B InBev - getting ready for Heineken in China?

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 reg...

Latest Interviews

"Drinking has its taboo side in India, but that's changing" - just-drinks speaks to William Grant & Sons' India head, Sachin Mehta 28 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

It has been a decade since William Grant & Sons established a standalone distribution unit in India. You may ask what took the company so long - India, after all, has long been the world's largest whisk(e)y market by volume and Scotch giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard have been in-market much longer.


"The world has changed dramatically" - just-drinks speaks to Distell Group CEO Richard Rushton about fiscal-2019 5 Sep 2019

Olly Wehring

Late last week, South Africa's Distell Group reported a 9.4% lift in sales from the 12 months to the end of June. Following the results announcement, just-drinks caught up with the multi-category company's CEO, Richard Rushton.

Latest News

Wine harvest to proceed as South Africa's alcohol production ban partially lifted 27 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

South Africa's wine industry has been granted a reprieve after the country's authorities backtracked on a complete ban on alcohol production to stem the spread of COVID-19.


COVID-19 drag prompts Distell to ready South Africa wine brand offloads 26 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

Distell has put two of its wine brands - along with their estates - on the market as the South Africa-headquartered group looks to "lighten its balance sheet" as sales head south.


Alcohol production brought to standstill in South Africa 26 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

Authorities in South Africa have introduced stringent measures, including halting the production of all alcohol in the country, to counter the spread of COVID-19.


Distell Group joins hand sanitiser efforts 26 Mar 2020

Lucy Britner

Distell Group has lined up hand sanitiser production as it looks to join the fight against COVID-19.


Constellation Brands weighs up brewery options as third Mexican site draws public complaints 25 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

Constellation Brands is considering alternative locations for its third brewery in Mexico after a public consultation opposed plans to build a facility in the state of Baja California.


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

Andy Morton

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.



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