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The just-drinks analyst returns...

Rounding off his first full year with us, just-drinks resident analyst Ian Shackleton prepares for Christmas with a look at recent developme...

We need to talk about moderate drinking

A recently-released publication from the American Society of Clinical Oncology attempted to describe the relation between alcohol consumptio...

The sobering message from Minimum Unit Pricing

It was a dark day for the drinks industry yesterday, and one that demands we take a long, hard look at ourselves. Because, the confirmation...

Ten takeaways from the Global Drinks Forum - Pt 2

The Global Drinks Forum in Berlin last month hosted 11 presentations from all corners of the drinks industry. Talks at the day-long internat...

Latest Interviews

"Only dead fish go with the stream" - Interview, Maison Villevert CEO Jean-Sébastien Robicquet 22 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

Earlier this week, Cognac-headquartered Maison Villevert unveiled the next chapter in the history of its G'Vine gin brand, with the relaunch of G'Vine's Nouaison expression. Ahead of the event, just-drinks deputy editor Lucy Britner sat down with Maison Villevert CEO Jean-Sébastien Robicquet to talk about why the brand needed to change and what the future holds for Maison Villevert.


"It's a slightly false choice to say that it is us or Jameson" - Interview, William Grant & Sons CEO Simon Hunt and Tullamore Dew global brand director Caspar MacRae 1 Nov 2017

Andy Morton

Last month, William Grant & Sons opened a new grain distillery and bottling plant at its Tullamore Dew site. The ceremony, held on a rainswept afternoon in central Ireland, was one of the final stages in William Grant's Irish whiskey venture, launched when it bought the Tullamore Dew brand in 2010.

Latest News

UK Autumn Budget 2017 - The Reaction 22 Nov 17

Olly Wehring

Earlier today, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his latest budgetary plans. On spirits and wine, Philip Hammond did not increase duty, although higher-abv ciders will be subject to a duty rise in an attempt to combat "excessive alcohol consumption by the most vulnerable people". Here, just-drinks pulls together reaction from within the UK's drinks industry to today's news.


UK Government freezes alcohol duty, high abv cider hit by duty rise 22 Nov 17

Lucy Britner

The UK drinks trade has welcomed a move by the country's government to freeze duty on beer, wines, spirits and most ciders. 


SpiritsEurope recruits Ulrich Adam from farm machinery trade association as next director general 22 Nov 17

Olly Wehring

SpiritsEurope has confirmed the appointment of a new director general, with Ulrich Adam replacing Paul Skehan.


Beam Suntory’s Laphroaig Cairdeas 15 Year Old - Product Launch 22 Nov 17

Olly Wehring

Beam Suntory has readied a 15-year-old iteration of its Laphroaig single malt for the annual series of bottlings exclusive to ‘Friends of Laphraoig’.


UK's Advertising Standards Authority bans Pernod Ricard's Absolut Facebook ad 22 Nov 17

Lucy Britner

Pernod Ricard has been told to avoid using actors who look under 25, after complaints were made against an Absolut advert in the UK.


Hartwall gives Original Long Drink Kimi Räikkönen push in Japan 22 Nov 17

Olly Wehring

Hartwall has released the latest television advert in Japan for its namesake Original Long Drink RTD, featuring brand ambassador and F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen.

Latest blogs

AG Barr launches Funkin innovation search 5 Jul 17

Lucy Britner

AG Barr has lined up a Funkin campaign in the UK to find an 'innovation champion'.


The (temporary) return of Paul Walsh to the drinks debate 27 Apr 17

Andy Morton

Paul Walsh just can't stay away from the drinks industry.

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