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The Wehring Interview - Diageo Africa president, Nick Blazquez - Part II 20 Jan 2012

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Following on from part one of my interview with Diageo's Africa president, Nick Blazquez, which ran last week, this week we give you the second part, in which Blazquez gives us an idea of Diageo's future plans for the region.


The Wehring Interview - Diageo Africa president, Nick Blazquez - Part I 10 Jan 2012

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Late last year, Olly Wehring visited New York with Diageo, and sat down with the company's head of Africa, Nick Blazquez, for an hour. Earlier today (10 January), Diageo completed its purchase of Meta Abo in Ethiopia. Put the two together, and welcome to part one of the first Wehring interview of 2012.


The Wehring Interview - Diageo Asia Pacific president, Gilbert Ghostine - Part II 20 Oct 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

In the second part of this month's The Wehring Interview with Diageo's Asia Pacific president, Gilbert Ghostine gives us his views on the Cognac elephant in the room, the future for the company's domestic tie-ups in the region, and what the locals think of the UK-based multinational.


The Wehring Interview - Diageo Asia Pacific president, Gilbert Ghostine - Part I 18 Oct 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

This month, just-drinks returns to its two-part extended format for The Wehring Interview. Earlier this month, I enjoyed an hour in the company of Diageo's Asia Pacific president, Gilbert Ghostine. I say enjoyed; I wasn't at my best to start.


The Wehring Interview - StarBev CEO, Alain Beyens 6 Oct 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

It's almost two years since Anheuser-Busch InBev offloaded most of its assets in Central and Eastern Europe to CVC Capital for an initial US$2.2bn. Since the sale, CVC's beer business in the region, StarBev, has largely operated under the radar. High time, then, that we caught up with StarBev's CEO (and ex-InBev man), Alain Beyens. just-drinks deputy editor Chris Mercer flew to Prague to meet him.


The Wehring Interview - Anheuser-Busch InBev - Part II 28 Jun 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Last week we ran the first part of our exclusive interview with the chief marketing officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Chris Burggraeve. Here's part two, in which Olly Wehring tries to get inside the inner sanctum of A-B InBev. Read on to learn how successful he was.


The Wehring Interview - Anheuser-Busch InBev - Part I 23 Jun 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

This month, we stay with beer for The Wehring Interview. After speaking to Heineken's CEO in May, I've been lucky enough to nail down the CMO of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Chris Burggraeve. In part one, below, we look at Chris' background, where his concentration is focussed and the perils of making - and keeping - a global beer brand. Part two will run next week.


The Wehring Interview – Heineken – Part II 26 May 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

In part one of my interview with Heineken's CEO, Jean-François van Boxmeer, which ran earlier this week, we took a close look at the brewer's purchase of FEMSA Cerveza last year. We also started a world tour of beer markets, discussing Europe, Russia, Brazil and Mexico.


The Wehring Interview – Heineken – Part I 24 May 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

This month, we have decided to run The Wehring Interview over two instalments. After all, having waited so long to speak to Heineken's CEO, I have a lot of questions for him. Luckily, I've been granted plenty of time in which to ask them.


The Wehring Interview - Carlsberg 26 Apr 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

The first thing we should point out is that this is not Wehring. Family commitments in the form of a 3lb 8oz offspring has predicated that our editor is house-bound for the time being. The second is that only half of this interview took place in person in Copenhagen; the other half was conducted via 'phone from the terrace of an Italian vineyard following a meeting between yours' truly and approximately 50 wines. You're right, I'm showing off.


The Wehring Interview - Beam Global Spirits & Wine 13 Apr 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

The third of this year's Wehring interviews keeps up the high profiles, if I do say so myself. Speaking via telephone, we have Matt Shattock, CEO of the soon-to-be stand-alone Beam Global Spirits & Wine.


The Wehring Interview - Pernod Ricard 10 Mar 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

February's Wehring interview comes ten days late, due to the early arrival of Wehring Junior shortly after our editor returned from France, where he was granted 30 minutes with the CEO of Pernod Ricard, Pierre Pringuet. In their time together, Pringuet discusses the first six months of Pernod's fiscal 2011, as well as Absolut, China and war-chests.


The Wehring Interview - William Grant & Sons 27 Jan 2011

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Every month, managing editor Olly Wehring turns his spotlight into the eyes of a senior drinks executive. First up in 2011 is the CEO of William Grant & Sons, Stella David.


The just-drinks interview - Concha y Toro global marketing director 26 Oct 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Last month, just-drinks was invited up to Manchester to see Concha y Toro's latest - and most high profile - advertising tie-up at work. Dean Best, who jumped higher than any other at the offer, took the opportunity to grill Giancarlo Bianchetti, global marketing director for Concha y Toro, not only about the marketing deal, but also about the past, present and future for the Chilean firm.


The just-drinks interview - Carlsberg's CEO 16 Sep 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Carlsberg held its 'Capital Markets Day 2010' in Copenhagen yesterday (16 September). Michelle Russell made the journey over to Denmark, and managed to grab some time with company CEO, Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen.


The just-drinks Interview – PepsiCo’s Global Health Policy Senior VP 10 Sep 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

The debate raging around obesity, its victims and villains, causes and consequences, is shaping the policies of some of the world's most powerful multinational companies in a way few can have predicted only a few years ago. Derek Yach, senior vice president of global health policy for PepsiCo, talks to just-drinks.


just the Answer - Australian Vintage's CEO, Neil McGuigan 22 Jul 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Earlier today (22 July), Australian Vintage confirmed the permanent appointment of Neil McGuigan as its CEO. To commemorate this, we are running a special just the Answer, taken from our meeting with McGuigan earlier this year.


just the Answer - Mike Isaac, global marketing director Southern Comfort 15 Jul 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Southern Comfort, which is inextricably linked with New Orleans, has sat in Brown-Forman's stable for over 30 years now, and has been the recent subject of a makeover. In this month's just the Answer, Olly Wehring talks to the brand's global marketing director about past performance, future opportunities and the danger of over-extending.


The just-drinks Interview - Chivas Brothers' CEO, Christian Porta 1 Jul 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

While our paths have crossed on an almost monthly basis over the last six years, just-drinks has never interviewed the chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers unit, Christian Porta. So, when Olly Wehring was invited to the official opening of The Glenlivet's distillery extension last month, he took the opportunity to finally pin Porta down for a chat on all things Chivas.


The just-drinks Interview - Heineken's Head of Africa 15 Apr 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

In the second of our just-drinks Interview special this month, Michelle Russell talks to Tom de Man, president of Africa and Middle East for Heineken, about the brewer's hopes in South Africa, and its partnership with Diageo in the region.


The just-drinks Interview - Diageo's Head of Africa 8 Apr 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Late last month, Diageo and Heineken officially opened a new brewery in South Africa. Among those attending the opening ceremony were Nick Blazquez, head of Diageo Africa, and Tom de Man, president of Africa and Middle East for Heineken. In a just-drinks African special this month, we have two interviews – the first of which sees Michelle Russell sit down with Blazquez.


The just-drinks Interview - Pernod Ricard's MD of Finance 11 Mar 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Late last month, Gilles Bogaert, the recently-appointed managing director of finance - CFO, if you will - for Pernod Ricard came to the UK to look over the company's most recent set of figures. While in the country, Olly Wehring took the opportunity to grill Bogaert about the last six months for Pernod, how the downturn has affected the company, and what Pernod would do if - when? - the bargains come knocking.


The just-drinks Interview - Whyte & Mackay's CEO 21 Jan 2010

Column: The just-drinks Interview

In the first just-drinks interview of 2010, we sit down with John Beard, CEO of Whyte & Mackay, and ask him about his first nine months in the hotseat, his company's relationship with its Indian owners and where he sees opportunity for growth going forward. Go on, take a guess.


The just-drinks Interview - Stella Artois' global brand director 8 Dec 2009

Column: The just-drinks Interview

As one of the world’s best known beer brands, Stella Artois has a new challenge on its hands: the US market. Simon Warburton talks to the beer's global brand director, Jorn Socquet, and looks at the challenges and opportunities for the product following the mega-merger in 2008 of InBev with Anheuser-Busch.


The just-drinks Interview - Cobra Beer's founder 1 Dec 2009

Column: The just-drinks Interview

On the six-month anniversary of Cobra Beer's rescue from collapse in the UK by Molson Coors, just-drinks deputy editor Chris Mercer spoke with Cobra founder Lord Karan Bilimoria about the dark days and why he feels that the brand is poised for future growth.


The just-drinks Interview - Irish Distillers' CEO 19 Nov 2009

Column: The just-drinks Interview

At only 37 years old, Alexandre Ricard's swift ascent on the Pernod Ricard power ladder has turned heads in the industry. His latest role, as CEO of Irish Distillers, has coincided with strong growth for the group's Jameson Irish whiskey brand. Just-drinks deputy editor Chris Mercer catches up with the hotly-tipped Pernod protege during a fly-by visit to London.


The just-drinks Interview - The Coca-Cola Co's CMO 1 Oct 2009

Column: The just-drinks Interview

The opportunity to grab some time with the chief marketing officer of a company the size of The Coca-Cola Co. doesn't come along very often. However, when just-drinks was invited to Zurich by the company last week, the chance to grab an audience with Joe Tripodi was the clincher. Olly Wehring puts the questions to Tripodi, and his time starts... now.


The just-drinks Interview – Brown-Forman's CEO 3 Sep 2009

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Yesterday (2 September), Brown-Forman posted a better-than-expected set of first quarter results. Company CEO, Paul Varga spoke exclusively to just-drinks yesterday afternoon, to explain the secret behind the wine and spirit firm's success, and his hopes for the next fiscal year.


The just-drinks Interview - Diageo's CEO 28 Aug 2009

Column: The just-drinks Interview

Yesterday (27 August), Diageo reported its full-year results. Although the company managed to hit its full-year guidance, the group's warning that this year will be tough suggests that Diageo has its work cut out in fiscal 2010. Speaking exclusively to just-drinks yesterday afternoon, group CEO Paul Walsh talks about the trials and tribulations of the past 12 months – including, of course, the ongoing row in Scotland.


The just-drinks interview - Drambuie 9 Jul 2009

Column: The just-drinks Interview

After four years at the helm at Drambuie, Phil Parnell has led the one-brand company on a turnaround of healthy proportions. As the global recession takes hold, Olly Wehring quizzed him on the secrets behind his success, and asks what the future holds for a company operating virtually under the radar.

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