Jameson is in a very good period right now. The momentum is there and there is room to go up, according to Jameson International brand director, Dan Lundberg.

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe has unveiled its largest travel retail activation to date in Heathrow Terminal 5, featuring its artisanal gin brand Plymouth.

Chivas Brothers has launched a major international bartender competition called Chivas Masters.

on 18 February, 2014

The Pernod Ricard team were in London today (February 18) to flesh on the bones for their half year interim results which were announced last week.

Pernod results

13 February, 2014

Pernod Ricard has reported net sales for the first semester of 2013/14 totalled €4.57 million.

Pernod Ricard has announced the appointment of Doron Friedman as director global travel retail at The Absolut Company (TAC).

Ballantine's does a Brazilian

03 December, 2013

Ballantine’s Brasil is the name of a new lime-infused spirit drink, from the Chivas Brothers scotch and premium gin divisions of Pernod Ricard.

on 28 November, 2013

I have just returned from the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Havana Club International. Standing in a huge hall with more than 1,000 people – mostly employees but also people associated with the company and the eponymous Cuban rum brand – it became obvious what a force for good an alcoholic drinks brand can be.

Pernod Ricard has launched formally the Havanista Cuban rum brand at the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Havana Club International.

Western spirits companies that focus on growing margins to create value have been more successful than those that reduced prices in order to grow volumes, according to a report from Rabobank.

More new Irish whiskeys

01 October, 2013

Irish Distillers has launched more Irish whiskeys, this time under the Paddy brand.

Pernod Ricard CEO Pierre Pringuet was in Vietnam yesterday to sign a multi-partite agreement extending the International Center for Alcohol Policies’ (ICAP) pilot programme in its fight against drunk driving.

The Irish prime minister or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, yesterday (September 4) officially opened Irish Distillers’ newly expanded Midleton distillery in Cork.

Pernod Ricard grew sales by 4% during 2012/2013, thanks to the US and China offsetting a western European malaise.

Irish Distillers has launched the latest release of its flagship blended whiskey, Midleton Very Rare.

Absolut has announced new designs for its range of flavoured vodkas.

Christmas is £4 billion worth of business for beer, wines and spirits, according to Pernod Ricard UK.

on 31 July, 2013

Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning (July 31), I heard the voice of the new chief executive of Diageo. Ivan Menezes coped well with the busy, bustling questions from the Beeb’s city correspondent in the minute or so allotted to the interview.

Pernod Ricard has rolled out the rosé anise-based drink, 51 Rosé, to French travel retail.

Laurent Lacassagne has this week (W/C July 8) become chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

Chivas Brothers' Speyside distillery, Glen Keith, has re-opened, having been closed, or silent, since 1999.

Pastis

05 June, 2013

A very French product is showing innovation and a willingness to tackle new markets. Lucy Britner reports 

on 09 May, 2013

I went to two whisky launches yesterday (May 8) – Bacardi’s Glen Deveron, the Royal Burgh Collection and Pernod Ricard/Chivas Brothers’ The Glenlivet Alpha. Both interesting for different reasons and very much a case of ‘chalk & cheese’ when it comes to the brand and what they are doing with it.

The Glenlivet, the world’s second best selling single malt Scotch whisky by volume behind Glenfiddich, has launched The Glenlivet Alpha (50%) ABV.

The global Gin sector is low price, low growth and extremely uninteresting, according to a top City of London analyst.

Pernod Ricard Chivas Brothers has released a new limited edition expression of Beefeater, the world’s best-selling premium gin.

Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Denim, the latest version of the Swedish vodka brand.

Pernod Ricard appointments

28 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard has announced the following moves, effective from July 1.

£35 Brancott Estate to launch

18 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard will unveil a £35 bottle of Brancott Estate this month.

Pernod Ricard has eased concerns over Cognac supply with the purchase of 100% of the shares of the winemaker, distiller and wholesaler Le Maine au Bois SAS.

Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers has built on its commitment to the single pot still Irish whiskey category with the release of ten new Midleton whiskeys.

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has announced the retirement of Jameson Irish Whiskey master distiller Barry Crockett.

Pernod Ricard has announced formally the signing of an agreement with Arcus-Gruppen to sell the Danish spirits brands Aalborg and Brøndums, German brand Malteserkreuz Aquavit, and the Danish bitter brand Gammel Dansk. The Aalborg production facility in Denmark is part of the transaction.

Orlando Wyndham has announced that the harvesting of the 2013 vintage in Australia for its global wine brand, Jacob’s Creek, is underway.

US: Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Hibiskus - what it describes as the first ever floral-flavoured vodka. 

Pernod Ricard Chatter

04 December, 2012

Share a new idea every day is the catch phrase of Pernod Ricard Chatter, its first corporate social network.

Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve has again been made available by Pernod Ricard for the run up to Christmas.

Pernod Ricard has announced that the lawsuit brought against the company, Diageo and Seagram in New York by a number of regional departments of Colombia, has been dismissed, without prejudice.

Duffy new Absolut boss

10 October, 2012

Pernod Ricard has announced that Paul Duffy has been appointed chairman & CEO of Absolut.

A series of actions designed to strengthen and expand existing efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, have been agreed by the world’s leading producers of beer, wine and spirits.

on 05 October, 2012

Last night Indian whisky producer, John Distilleries, unveiled its first single cask whisky in London recently.

US: Olmeca tequila rolls out

01 October, 2012

Pernod Ricard USA is rolling out the distribution of its Olmeca Altos tequila brand.

The rum diary

01 October, 2012

Hamish Smith unravels the complex politics of a diverse spirit

on 13 September, 2012

William Grant is doing a job on Tullamore Dew, the Irish whiskey brand it bought a couple of years ago from C&C, owners of the Magners cider brand.

The Martell XO Architect Edition by Christian de Portzamparc will debut in Hong Kong International Airport this month.

Chivas Brothers boss Christian Porta has told journalists and analysts today that the next significant development for its scotch whisky business will be to build a new distillery.

Pernod Ricard has achieved its highest-level of growth since before the global recession, thanks to strong sales in Asia and a rallying performance in mature markets.  

Patrick Ricard dies aged 67

20 August, 2012

Patrick Ricard the titular head of the Pernod Ricard family, has died. He was 67. Cause of death has not been disclosed but it is believed to be a heart attack.

Jacob’s Creek, the leading Australian wine brand, is to sponsor the UK’s leading chat show.

Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement with Arcus-Gruppen for the sale of the Danish aquavit brands Aalborg and Brøndums, the German brand Malteserkreuz Aquavit and the Danish bitter brand Gammel Dansk.

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Once upon a time pubs and bars were somewhere you went with the sole purpose of getting pissed and there wasn’t a knife and fork in sight, just a packet of dry roasted nuts.

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