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The industry may be bored of gin, but is the consumer? - Comment

31 October 2019 | Richard Woodard

As new gin brands are unveiled almost by the hour, we within the drinks industry could justifiably be growing somewhat tired of it all. However, spirits commentator Richard Woodard suggests that we first look over our wall, before we complain.... read more


Pernod Ricard Performance Trends 2015-2019 - results data

9 October 2019 | Richard Woodard

In late-August, Pernod Ricard released its full-year results for fiscal-2019. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of June rise by 6% in organic terms on the year prior. Here, just-drinks picks through Pernod's performance over the past five years for the trends set to affect the group, specifically, and the global spirits category, more broadly.... read more


Why vodka's US woes could soon be drowned out by success elsewhere - Comment

1 October 2019 | Richard Woodard

For the established vodka brands, the US has long been the outstanding market, initially driving the category's metoric growth but now accounting for much of its volumes. As the country remains key for vodka brand owners, category commentator Richard Woodard believes the rest of the world is fast catching up.... read more


Diageo Performance Trends 2015-2019 - results data

29 August 2019 | Richard Woodard

In late-July, Diageo released its full-year results for fiscal-2019. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of June rise by 6.1% in organic terms on the year-prior. Here, just-drinks picks through Diageo's performance over the past five years for the trends set to affect the group, specifically, and the global spirits category, more broadly.... read more


Why Diageo's Cuban rum play isn't enough to save the category - Comment

29 August 2019 | Richard Woodard

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. More than a quarter of a century after Pernod Ricard signed its Havana Club joint venture with state-owned Cuba Ron Corp, Diageo has followed suit. The group's Santiago de Cuba agreement, announced earlier this month, is one of the most eye-catching spirits deals of the year - but it shouldn't distract us from the huge challenges facing the rum category, says Richard Woodard.... read more


Constellation Brands Performance Trends 2015-2019 - results data

12 August 2019 | Richard Woodard

Earlier this year, Constellation Brands reported its results for the 12 months to the end of February. Sales in fiscal-2019 came in 7% up on the corresponding period a year earlier, when the group's topline also increased by the same percentage. Here, just-drinks considers Constellation's performance over the last five years.... read more


How the spirits category can make the most of less sugar - Comment

25 July 2019 | Richard Woodard

As consumers demand to know more about what's in their food and drink, category commentator Richard Woodard believes the spirits industry is well-placed to capitalise on the public's cravings for less sugar.... read more


What does the future hold for Champagne? - Research in focus

15 July 2019 | Richard Woodard

Champagne will look to overcome short-term challenges in some of its mature markets as the category continues to pursue a value-driven strategy in a growing number of emerging non-European markets around the world.... read more


Target value over volumes for success in Champagne - research

12 July 2019 | Richard Woodard

The best strategy for growth in Champagne lies in value creation, rather than the pursuit of greater sales volumes, as the category continues to expand its global footprint and reduce reliance on its dominant home market.... read more


Why gin needs stricter definition rules - and fast - Comment

2 July 2019 | Richard Woodard

Against a backdrop of booming sales, the gin category has succeeded in jumping on the trend bandwagon. However, spirits category commentator Richard Woodard can see a problem looming for gin - a problem that needs to be resolved sooner rather than later.... read more


Pernod Ricard lifts lid on use of digital in market research

28 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

The use of artificial intelligence can create a "revolution" in the world of market research, Pernod Ricard has forecast.... read more


The Coca-Cola Co explores digital opportunities in US foodservice channel

28 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

The North American unit of The Coca-Cola Co has joined forces with POS connectivity platform Omnivore to offer foodservice customers access to a digital marketplace of restaurant technologies.... read more


San Antonio Winery’s Stella Rosa Ruby Rosé Grapefruit lower-abv flavoured wine - Product Launch

28 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

San Antonio Winery, the Los Angeles business owned by the Riboli family, has extended its Stella Rosa range of Italian flavoured wines with a new variant.... read more


Anheuser-Busch InBev rules roost in most valuable beer brands list - data

27 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

Budweiser has been named the world's most valuable beer brand for the first time, overtaking Anheuser-Busch InBev stablemate Bud Light, according to rankings compiled by brand consultancy Brand Finance.... read more


Michelob Ultra targets bottled beer fans in UK with pack addition

27 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

The UK division of Anheuser-Busch InBev has added a bottled version to its Michelob Ultra offering in the country.... read more


Real Sangria launches canned variants in the US

27 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

Imported Spanish sangria brand Real Sangria has launched its red and white wine-based variants in 25cl cans across the US in an effort to "lower the barriers of entry" in the country.... read more


Pernod Ricard lines up "first of its kind" single malt Scotch whisky range for GTR channel

27 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers division has announced its biggest single malt Scotch whisky range to date, with the release of 15 whiskies from four distilleries under the banner of the Secret Speyside Collection.... read more


Tyku Cucumber Sake now available to US in cans

27 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

Davos Brands has added a canned version of the cucumber-flavoured variant to its Tyku Sake portfolio.... read more


Fever-Tree takes lower-calorie Cucumber Tonic to US

27 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

Fever-Tree is set to roll out the cucumber variant of its Refreshingly Light tonic water stable in the US.... read more


Baijiu retains stranglehold on world's most valuable spirits brands list - data

27 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

Baijiu dominates the list of the world's most valuable spirits brands, occupying the top four places of the latest top 50 compiled by brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance.... read more


Anheuser-Busch InBev Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

12 June 2019 | Richard Woodard

In late-February, Anheuser-Busch InBev released its full-year results for 2018. The group posted a 4.8% increase in sales on an organic basis from the 12 months, with volumes coming in flat. Here, just-drinks considers A-B InBev's performance over the last five years.... read more


Why pink is the biggest thing in spirits in 2019 - Comment

30 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

Our white spirits commentator has spied a trend! Richard Woodard walks us through what everyone else is doing, so you can too.... read more


St Peter’s Brewery’s Without Elderberry & Raspberry beer - Product Launch

15 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

The UK's St Peter's Brewery has launched its first zero alcohol fruit beer.... read more


PepsiCo rolls out Loop recycling initiative for Tropicana in Paris

15 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

PepsiCo is offering Paris consumers the chance to purchase two of its products in reusable containers as part of a market trial for the new eco-friendly shopping platform, Loop. ... read more


Pontoon Cocktails’ Signature range – Product Launch

15 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

Pre-mixed cocktail specialist Pontoon Cocktails has launched its Signature range of four frozen pre-mixed cocktails, including a Passionfruit Martini, Cosmopolitan, Mojito and Elderflower Collins. ... read more


UK food & drinks exports worth 'record' US$7.4bn in Q1 2019

15 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

The UK’s food and drink exports enjoyed a record first quarter of 2019, rising 12.3% to reach GBP5.7bn (US$7.4bn), according to the latest HMRC figures. ... read more


Brown-Forman releases second Jack Daniel's Legacy Edition

15 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

Brown-Forman-owned Jack Daniel’s has released the second in its Legacy Edition series, featuring a limited-edition label inspired by one used by the brand more than a century ago. ... read more


Stolen Spirits’ Stolen X - Product Launch

9 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

New Zealand-based craft operator Stolen Spirits has launched Stolen X, a flavoured spirit that combines straight American rye whiskey with organic raw honey and orange peel.... read more


Kirin's Lion names ex-Pabst Brewing head as US craft beer MD

9 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

Kirin-owned Australian brewer Lion has appointed former Pabst Brewing CEO Simon Thorpe to the newly created post of MD of its emerging North American craft beer business.... read more


Campari Group on verge of margin boost for 2019 - Analysis

9 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

Campari Group's better than expected performance in the first quarter of 2019 could see the company make a "significant step up" in terms of margin expansion this year, an analyst has said.... read more


Bacardi’s Aultmore Wine Cask Collection - Product Launch

9 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

Bacardi Global Travel Retail has introduced a trio of single malt whiskies, the Aultmore Wine Cask Collection, to World Duty Free and World of Whiskies stores at London Heathrow Airport.... read more


Campari Group Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

8 May 2019 | Richard Woodard

In early-March, Campari Group released its results for 2018. The group saw sales in the 12-month period come in 5.3% up on 2017. Here, drinks industry commentator Richard Woodard considers Campari's performance over the last five years.... read more


Have international spirits companies finally got China right?- Comment

30 April 2019 | Richard Woodard

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.... read more


Why white spirits should follow brown and play the 'brand home' card - Comment

26 March 2019 | Richard Woodard

While many brown spirits brand owners have made hay from creating 'homes' for their brands, the white spirits category may be missing a trick. Richard Woodard explains.... read more


Heineken Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

19 March 2019 | Richard Woodard

In early-2018, Heineken reported its results for the year prior. Sales in the 12 months of the year came in 6% up on 2017, with all reporting regions posting volumes increases.  Here, just-drinks considers Heineken's performance over the last five years to see what the wider beer category can learn from the brewer.... read more


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