1 Smirnoff

05 September, 2008

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growth Aug 08 v Aug 07: +16%

Key date in history: 1941 - the Cock & Bull bar in LA invents the Moscow Mule to clear out stocks of the slow-selling brand, unwittingly fashioning its future as a mixable spirit

Famous friends:

James Bond drank the brand in many films, including 2006's Casino Royale

Strengths: Robust marketing; iconic packaging

Challenges: Increasingly crowded

product category; complacency

The year gone: A new ad campaign and a renewed interest in flavours

The year ahead: Bracing itself for the

Absolut challenge




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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