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    1. December 23, 2014

      Vodka: in need of a shot

      Guests around? Time to open the drinks cabinet and dust off those exotic bottles that have been lurking at the back for...

    2. December 4, 2014

      The business guru: Patrick Thomas, former chief executive of Hermès

      Patrick Thomas began his career in 1969 at International Telephone & Telegraph, a global manufacturing company based in the...

    1. November 27, 2014

      Rémy: Cointreau-cyclical

      Perhaps it is the dichroic effect. The decanter made for Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition is coated...

    2. November 20, 2014

      Drinks groups push for inclusion in simplified India tax system

      Global companies in India’s alcoholic drinks sector are lobbying to avoid exclusion from a proposed goods and services tax,...

    3. October 23, 2014

      Gucci slowdown holds back Kering growth

      Sales at luxury brand Gucci were weaker than expected during the third quarter, dragging down otherwise resilient revenue...

    4. October 16, 2014

      Diageo aims to reverse China fortunes with new whisky

      Images of David Beckham clutching a tumbler of Haig Club, a new scotch, will be seen in China next month when Diageo, the...

    5. September 8, 2014

      William Grant swallows up Drambuie

      Scottish distiller William Grant & Sons swallowed up Drambuie, the whisky-based liqueur, saying it aimed to bring a new...

    6. beyondbrics

      September 4, 2014

      New York morning espresso

      ** FT News ** * France halts delivery of warship to Russia | Move comes as Putin lays out plan for Ukraine ceasefire,...

    7. September 3, 2014

      Pernod Ricard steps up Russia exports

      Pernod Ricard, producer of Absolut vodka and Chivas Regal whisky, is ramping up exports of its brands to Russia in...

    8. August 28, 2014

      Pernod Ricard: flagging spirits

      Drinks maker Pernod Ricard has a lot of debt. It is not excessive – not maxed-out-credit-card high or...

    9. July 30, 2014

      Challenges for business in Scottish independence, says Barclays

      A vote for Scottish independence in September’s referendum could have a modestly negative impact on the UK stock market,...

    10. July 28, 2014

      L’Oréal make-up goes virtual for selfie age

      Make-up Genius app: how it works L’Oréal’s board meeting last month turned into a raucous affair when Jean-Paul Agon, chief...

    11. May 21, 2014

      Sale of Drambuie to tap thirst for heritage brands

      Drambuie, the Scottish liqueur that kept up the spirits of Bonnie Prince Charlie, is to be sold for the first time in a...

    12. May 20, 2014

      Treasury Wine: the wrath of grapes

      A fine name with a good heritage, although recent vintages have had a sour aftertaste. Still, poor tasting notes have not...

    13. April 20, 2014

      China ‘erotic sector’ crackdown threatens global cognac industry

      China’s crackdown on the “erotic sector” as part of an official anti-extravagance drive is posing a serious threat to the...

    14. April 17, 2014

      Diageo and Rémy lower Europe’s spirits

      Diageo fell sharply and to the bottom of the FTSE 100 on Thursday after reporting weaker than expected quarterly sales and a...

    15. March 19, 2014

      Samsonite relieved to lose austerity baggage

      The worst of China’s luxury crackdown has passed, according to Samsonite, the premium luggage maker that warned last year...

    16. March 14, 2014

      Family control: company stakes

      In the big fruit merger this week, David McCann came out as top banana. The executive chairman of Fyffes will become chief...

    17. February 13, 2014

      Pernod Ricard growth hit by China crackdown on officials’ spending

      Pernod Ricard warned that growth in full-year operating profit would be lower than expected, as weak sales in China...

    18. February 11, 2014

      Pernod versus Rémy: battle of the booze-makers

      Pernod Ricard and Rémy Cointreau share more than a passing resemblance. Both are French, both make cognac and other spirits...

    19. January 13, 2014

      Suntory rating on downward review after $16bn deal for Beam

      Moody’s has placed the credit rating of Suntory on review for downgrade, following the Japanese beverage maker’s move to...

    20. December 27, 2013

      Whisky: sales unbottled

      The depths of winter. Time for roaring log fires and a nice warming glass of Scotch. Imagery is a powerful thing when it...

    21. December 6, 2013

      Hopes soar for spirited revival

      Gavin Hewitt picked a good decade to work in the whisky business. The former UK diplomat became chief executive of the...

    22. November 26, 2013

      Luxury brand stocks fall in Europe

      There were losses for premium brand stocks in Europe on Monday, which contributed to a modest decline for the main indices,...

    23. beyondbrics

      October 25, 2013

      New York headlines

      * China court throws out Bo Xilai appeal * Japan’s Meiji quits China baby milk market * Doubts cloud strong S Korean growth...

    24. October 24, 2013

      Pernod Ricard comes up short after emerging markets sales fall

      Slowing growth in China led to a sharp decline in sales at Pernod Ricard, raising concerns about the ability of the...

    25. October 13, 2013

      Consumer goods: after the party

      Clear away the empty bottles and sweep up the peanut shells. The party is winding down. European consumer goods companies,...

    26. September 20, 2013

      China’s finest wines

      One of the more potent symbols of the westernisation of China has been the extent to which the Chinese have taken to wine....

    27. September 15, 2013

      Smurfit Kappa foresees paper-based future

      Smurfit Kappa’s version of thinking outside the box involves printing inside a box. The Irish company designs, manufactures...

    28. September 8, 2013

      Irish distillers order a triple as whiskey flows

      It was a favourite tipple of Queen Elizabeth I, who had casks of it delivered to her court in the 16th century. Dr Samuel...

    29. August 29, 2013

      Pernod Ricard remains upbeat on China despite slowdown

      Pernod Ricard, the French alcoholic drinks maker, said it remained upbeat about the Chinese market even after the company...

    30. August 29, 2013

      Pernod Ricard: sobering up

      Some three billion shots of Absolut were poured down gullets worldwide in the past year or so, according to the vodka’s...

    31. August 4, 2013

      Family values carry businesses through good times and bad

      With a new Baby Windsor gladdening the hearts of royalists, how timely that researchers at S&P, the debt ratings merchant,...

    32. July 31, 2013

      Smurfit Kappa climbs back after increase in cardboard prices

      Shares in Smurfit Kappa hit their highest level since before the global financial crisis, after the Irish cardboard...

    33. June 11, 2013

      Rémy Cointreau: Chinese conundrum

      So how much do you know about the state of mind of Chinese cognac drinkers? And are you confident enough to back your view...

    34. June 11, 2013

      Rémy Cointreau remains upbeat in the face of China sales slowdown

      Rémy Cointreau said it expected flat China sales of cognac in the first half of this year, followed by a “significant...

    35. May 16, 2013

      Europe stocks play catch-up with US

      Wall Street may be getting all the attention as the S&P 500 hits successive record highs. Less noticed is that Europe is not...

    36. May 7, 2013

      Investors should raise a glass to Walsh on Diageo exit

      Diageo’s succession is as smooth as a pint of Guinness. Ivan Menezes, in effect appointed chief executive-elect in March...

    37. May 7, 2013

      Organic growth to top Menezes’ agenda at Diageo

      When Paul Walsh hands over the baton to Ivan Menezes, he will also set the seal on an era that transformed Diageo from a...

    38. April 15, 2013

      Distell buys Scottish whisky distiller

      South African drinks group Distell is to buy Burn Stewart Distillers from Trinidad and Tobago-based CL Financial for $244m,...

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