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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. The Business of Whisky

    Whisky producers are responding to an expected increase in worldwide demand...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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,...

  10. 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....

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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,...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. April 25, 2013

    Unilever and Pernod Ricard results disappoint

    Unilever and Pernod Ricard on Thursday joined the list of consumer goods companies reporting results that disappointed...

  23. 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,...

  24. March 24, 2013

    Pernod Ricard whisky sales fall in China

    Pernod Ricard, the world’s second-biggest distiller, is set to report an annual decline in Scotch whisky sales in China...

  25. March 21, 2013

    Sharp declines for Swedish lenders

    European markets swung into negative territory on Thursday as key eurozone manufacturing data for March triggered fresh...

  26. February 24, 2013

    Black market spirits on the rise

    As the scandal surrounding beef products adulterated with horsemeat spreads, health regulators are also worrying about the...

  27. February 14, 2013

    Pernod ‘open’ to talks on Jose Cuervo

    Pernod Ricard, the French spirits group, said it was “open” to discussion over a potential acquisition of Jose Cuervo, after...

  28. December 21, 2012

    Tax and economy hit French joie de vivre

    The French are popping fewer champagne corks and spending less on toys as higher taxes, a deteriorating economy and an...

  29. December 16, 2012

    Pernod shrugs off Hollande tax regime

    Pierre Pringuet, like many French business leaders, is vexed about higher taxes imposed by President François Hollande’s...

  30. beyondbrics

    December 12, 2012

    Diageo's tequila deal: still hope?

    When, in a traditional Mexican cantina, it’s time for one for the road, drinkers ask for las penúltimas. It’s best not to...

  31. December 11, 2012

    Diageo calls time on talks to buy Cuervo

    Negotiations took place over years, on three continents and in at least two languages, but ultimately Diageo quit the table...

  32. November 27, 2012

    Rémy Cointreau – a pricey tipple

    Target market: gangsta rappers and the Chinese nouveaux riches. Times have changed for cognac, the spirit that used to be...

  33. November 26, 2012

    Surge in block trades raises banks’ risks

    The competition has been described as “bloody”, “rampant” and even “carnivorous”. Amid the worst drought of initial public...

  34. November 4, 2012

    Drinks companies battle counterfeiters

    Counterfeit bottles of whiskey, vodka, rum and other spirits are a growing problem for global drinks companies, forcing them...

  35. October 25, 2012

    Pernod warns of slowing growth in China

    Pernod Ricard, the world’s second-biggest distiller by sales, became the latest company to feel the pain of slowing growth...

  36. September 18, 2012

    Swedish Match drives gains in tobacco

    Investors sold out of European banks and bought into cigarette and alcohol stocks, seeking to protect recent gains as risk...

  37. September 14, 2012

    Châteaux China

    You know a wine venture is a success if you have the world’s most energetic purveyor of special glasses and decanters, Georg...

  38. September 5, 2012

    When is an outsider right for a family business?

    THE PROBLEM Last week, the Ricard family said it would resume executive control of Pernod Ricard when the CEO, the only...

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