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just the answer – Vinexpo 15 Jan 2009

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The year ending in an odd number can mean only one thing. In June, the wine sector will be migrating en masse to Bordeaux for Vinexpo. Chris Mercer spoke with Xavier de Eizaguirre, managing director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild and chairman of Vinexpo, about the prospects for this year’s show and Vinexpo’s international aspirations, including a possible return to the US.


just the answer – Glenglassaugh Distillery Company 6 Nov 2008

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The Netherlands-based Scaent Group acquired the mothballed Glenglassaugh Distillery from Highland Distillers in February. After nine months of preparation, the distillery will be up and running by the end of November. Managing director Stuart Nickerson spoke with Olly Wehring about the challenges of bringing a single malt out of retirement and the new owner’s plans for the company.


just the answer – Icelandic Water 9 Oct 2008

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Icelandic Water opened its long-awaited ‘naturally powered’ bottling facility late last month. Michelle Russell visited the new state-of-the-art plant and spoke with the company’s CEO and co-founder, Jon Olafsson, about the company’s carbon neutral certification, the progress of the Icelandic Glacial brand and what the future holds for the business.


just the answer – Wines of South Africa 30 Sep 2008

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The fifth biennial Cape Wine trade show was held in Cape Town last week. Olly Wehring visited the show and while there spoke with Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa (WoSA), about the challenges and opportunities ahead for South African wine internationally.


just the answer - Stolichnaya 26 Aug 2008

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Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Absolut has once again made the future of Stolichnaya a subject of intense speculation. Pernod had been in negotiations with Russian owner SPI Group about a possible acquisition of Stolichnaya, but for anti-trust reasons has had to abandon any such plans and walk away from its existing international distribution agreement for the brand. Chris Mercer spoke with SPI minority shareholder Andrey Skurikhin about Stoli’s future.


just the answer: Southern Wine & Spirits of America 14 Aug 2008

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Yesterday's announcement that Southern Wine & Spirits of America is to merge with Glazer's Distributors in the US signifies the spread of consolidation throughout the drinks industry. In this month's 'just the answer', Olly Wehring talks to Southern's president & COO - and soon to be CEO of the new venture - Wayne Chaplin.


just the answer – UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association 29 Jul 2008

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Last week, the UK government published a consultation document which many believe to be the prelude to tighter legislation on alcoholic drinks. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), takes the opportunity to put the industry’s case for the retention of self-regulatory control, and suggests the Government is basing its position on flawed analysis.


just the answer - Kumala and Flagstone 26 Jun 2008

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In February this year, Constellation Europe completed the purchase of South African winery Flagstone. The purchase, initially announced last October, saw Flagstone's viticulturalist and winemaker, Bruce Jack, join Constellation as chief winemaker for South Africa, with a view to revitalising its flagship South African wine brand, Kumala. In this month's just the answer interview, we talk to Jack about his role so far, what he hopes to achieve with Kumala and what the prospects are for South Africa's wine industry overall.


just the answer – AmBev 29 May 2008

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AmBev, InBev’s Latin American operation, had a tough first quarter, hit by higher costs and poor weather in Brazil. Earlier this month, Olly Wehring met with Luiz Fernando Edmond, zone president for Latin America North at AmBev, who spoke about the challenges in the home market, the progress and potential of other Latin American countries and the opportunities both for InBev’s international brands in Brazil and for AmBev’s Brahma brand in the US.


just the answer - Bacardi 24 Apr 2008

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Earlier this month, Bacardi signed a one-year “multi-faceted” marketing agreement with UK dance act Groove Armada. The announcement made headlines, with some commentators suggesting the deal was another nail in the coffin of record labels. In this month’s Just the Answer, we talk to Bacardi’s global experiential marketing manager, Sarah Tinsley, to get the low-down on what has been hailed by some as the next step in the drinks/music industry relationship.


Just the Answer Special: Beam Global Spirits & Wine 1 Apr 2008

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Fortune Brands' Beam Global Spirits & Wine appeared to be perfectly placed to swoop for Vin & Sprit, but yesterday's announcement that Pernod Ricard had won the Swedish company's hand surprised most of us. In a 'Just the Answer' special, Olly Wehring talks to Beam's president and CEO, Tom Flocco, about the events of the last 48 hours.


Just the Answer – Bushmills 6 Mar 2008

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Diageo’s acquisition of Bushmills Irish Whiskey from Pernod Ricard in 2005 heralded a major change for the brand. As Shivaun Lucey, global brand director, Bushmills, stresses in this month’s Just the Answer, there is a wealth of difference between being a secondary brand to a market leader and being the only Irish whiskey marketed by the world’s largest spirits company. Olly Wehring spoke with Lucey about the brand’s future as part of Diageo.


Just the Answer – Adrian McKeon, Cobra Beer 5 Feb 2008

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In June last year, Adrian McKeon gave up his position as managing director of Beam UK to become CEO of Cobra Beer, the fast-growing Indian beer brand. Jessica Harvey spoke with McKeon about his first six months in charge, the change of culture and what the future holds for the brand.


just the answer - the WWF 1 Feb 2008

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The closures debate was re-ignited in 2007 as environmental concerns caught up with long-standing quality arguments. In 2008, we will see this trend continue as wineries and retailers come under increasing consumer pressure to improve their eco credentials and the cork industry improves its ‘green’ offering.


Just the Answer – European Parliament Agriculture Committee 4 Dec 2007

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A further stage towards enacting the long-awaited reform of European wine policy has been a review of the European Commission’s proposals by the European Parliament’s agriculture committee. As the parliament prepares to vote on the reforms, Neil Parish, a British Conservative MEP and chair of this influential committee, spoke with Christopher Jones about what the committee expects from the reforms.


Just the Answer – AXA Millesimes 25 Oct 2007

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Persuading shareholders to back investment in the wine business can be a tricky challenge but AXA Millesimes has shown that if the business model is right, shareholders will embrace the idea. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Christian Seely, AXA Millesimes’ managing director, spoke with Olly Wehring about the company’s strategy, which involves concentrating on high-end, estate wines and taking a long-term view towards its investment.


Just the Answer - Diageo Global Malts 18 Sep 2007

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The Scotch whisky category is booming globally thanks to demand in Asia and the BRIC countries, particularly for blends, but mature markets in Europe are proving more sluggish. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Diageo’s global malts director Nick Morgan spoke with Kate Ennis about the future of the malt category and Diageo’s innovative focus on food and whisky pairing as a means to drive growth in the single malt market.


Just the Answer – Phil Cusimano 28 Aug 2007

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Brown-Forman’s Southern Comfort brand takes its New Orleans heritage very seriously, and in Phil Cusimano, appointed as global brand ambassador six months ago, now has a native New Orleaner as its prime champion. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Cusimano spoke with Jessica Harvey about the brand’s strong links with the city and how its promotional platforms build on its New Orleans roots.


Just the Answer – Brian Duffy, Guinness 18 Jul 2007

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Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker may make Diageo more money, but there is no more iconic brand in its portfolio than Guinness. Nevertheless, speculation continues that Diageo may sell off its main beer brand. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Brian Duffy, global brand director for Guinness, addresses that question, while also discussing Guinness’s progress in Africa where it was recently hit by a counterfeiting scam, the development of off-trade sales and product innovation.


Just the Answer – Ian Jamieson, Stolichnaya Vodka 28 Jun 2007

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There has rarely been dull moment in recent years for anyone concerned with Stolichnaya, with a long-running rights dispute over the brand name, a switch to bottling the brand outside Russia and the transfer of an exclusive international sales and marketing agreement from Allied Domecq to Pernod Ricard. In the second part of this month’s Just the Answer vodka double, Olly Wehring spoke with Ian Jamieson, president of The Stolichnaya Brand Organisation, about the brand’s future within the Pernod portfolio.


Just the Answer – Anna Laestadius, Absolut Vodka 19 Jun 2007

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With interest surrounding the likely sale of Swedish spirits producer V&S Group growing by the day, there could be no better time to look at the company’s flagship vodka brand Absolut and the opportunities on offer in the premium vodka sector. This month’s Just the Answer is a two-part series, featuring an interview this week with Anna Laestadius, global brand director, Absolut Vodka, to be followed next week by Ian Jamieson of Stolichnaya.


Just the answer – Beam Global Scotch whisky 17 May 2007

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Beam’s acquisition of Teacher’s and Laphroaig may not have attracted as much attention as some other elements of the Allied Domecq sell-off but as Michael Cockram, Scotch brand director at Beam Global Spirits & Wine, makes clear in this month’s Just the Answer interview, the US-based company is committed to making its mark in the Scotch whisky sector.


Just the Answer – GlaxoSmithKline 1 May 2007

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In the wake of a scandal in Australia and New Zealand where GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined for misrepresenting the Vitamin C level of its Ribena brand, Graham Neale, general manager at Nutritional Healthcare UK, the GSK subsidiary that produces Lucozade, Ribena and Horlicks, takes the opportunity of this month’s Just the Answer interview to put his company’s side of the story and outline future plans for both Ribena and Lucozade.


Just the Answer - Patrón Spirits Company 20 Mar 2007

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Riding the twin waves of a booming premium spirits market and growth in Tequila, The Patrón Spirits Company has made great strides in a short space of time. In this month's Just the Answer interview, Dean Best speaks with the company’s COO John McDonnell, and Mike Hill, vice president, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, about the company’s rapid progress and premium ethos.


Just the Answer – Adrian McKeon 27 Feb 2007

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In this month's Just the Answer interview, managing director of Beam UK Adrian McKeon spoke with Olly Wehring about the future of the Maxxium partnership, Beam’s relationship with the notoriously hard-nosed UK supermarkets and possible future acquisitions.


Just the Answer - Nick Blacknell, Beefeater 31 Jan 2007

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In our first Just the Answer interview of 2007, Dean Best spoke with Nick Blacknell, brand director for Beefeater at Pernod Ricard subsidiary Chivas Brothers, about the company’s ambitious re-launch of the established gin brand it acquired as part of the Allied takeover in 2005.


Just the Answer – Gary Greenfield, Distell 27 Nov 2006

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In this month’s Just the Answer, Gary Greenfield, managing director of Distell Europe, talks about South Africa’s largest drinks company’s international aspirations, not only for its flagship wine brand Nederburg but also for the liqueur Amarula Cream and Distell’s South African cider Savanna.


Just the Answer - Geoff Ross, 42 Below 30 Oct 2006

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The New Zealand premium vodka 42 Below has blazed quite a trail over the past few years, even by the standards of this vibrant and growing category. With Bacardi poised to complete its acquisition of the brand, what better time to speak with 42 Below’s charismatic chief executive Geoff Ross, who will remain at the helm following the takeover.


Just the Answer – David Skalli 29 Sep 2006

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Like the market around it, the wine industry’s supply chain is evolving rapidly. David Skalli, of Paris and London-based industry consultants Skalli & Rein, talks to just-drinks about the changes and the pressures they are bringing to bear on everyone from logistics companies to wine producers.


Just the Answer – Alan Butler 25 Sep 2006

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The European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD) has a key role to play in articulating the industry view on EU alcohol policy, particularly as it awaits publication of the Commission’s Communication on alcohol. In this month’s Just the Answer interview, Alan Butler, EU corporate relations director at Diageo and EFRD chairman, outlines the EFRD’s primary concerns regarding current and future EU policy.

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