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The just-drinks interview – George Marsden, E&J Gallo 11 Jun 2009

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In spite of the tough conditions, rising alcohol duties and the grim task of cutting his UK workforce, George Marsden, E&J Gallo’s vice president and general manager for Europe, is relishing what he considers to be the most challenging opportunity of his career. He spoke with Olly Wehring about his first two years heading up Gallo’s European operations and the way ahead.


The just-drinks interview – Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Campari 21 May 2009

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Having not made a major acquisition for a couple of years, Campari was back in the spotlight last month when it acquired Wild Turkey Bourbon from Pernod Ricard. Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz spoke with Olly Wehring about the acquisition, the progress of other brands, including Skyy Vodka and Glen Grant Scotch whisky, and the impact of the recession.


The just-drinks interview - The new Maxxium 2 Apr 2009

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Yesterday (1 April) signalled both an end and a beginning for Maxxium, the global sales and distribution joint venture created by Beam Global Spirits & Wine, The Edrington Group and Remy Cointreau in 1999. In those ten years, the company has gained one partner – Vin & Sprit in 2001 – and lost two, with Vin & Sprit calling time last year, and Remy Cointreau pulling out yesterday. The two remaining members subsequently decided to pool their resources, rather than go it alone. Speaking to just-drinks, the MD for Beam Global's international operations, Donard Gaynor, and group sales and marketing director at Edrington, Bill Farrar, look back at the break-up process, and consider how the new Maxxium – of which they will be co-chairmen – will perform in the current economic climate.


The just-drinks interview - Absolut Vodka CEO 24 Feb 2009

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To say that Ketil Eriksen had to hit the ground running when he became CEO of Absolut six months ago would be an understatement. Overseeing a massive reorganisation and dealing with the effects of the economic downturn, notably in the all-important US market, has made for a busy time. He spoke with Michelle Russell about the challenges of his first six months, and those to come.


The just-drinks interview – Troy Christensen, Constellation Europe 29 Jan 2009

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It is now more than a year and a half since Troy Christensen took the helm at Constellation Europe, the European division of the world’s biggest wine company. Given the current state of the European market, and the UK in particular, to call this a tough assignment would be something of an understatement. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Christensen spoke with Olly Wehring about how Constellation is addressing the most trying of market conditions.


The just-drinks interview – Margrit Biever Mondavi 17 Dec 2008

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For our final interview of 2008, we're putting aside sales forecasts and market performances for a moment in favour of a personal reflection on one of the drinks world’s most influential figures, Robert Mondavi, who passed away this year. Olly Wehring met with Mondavi’s widow, Margrit Biever Mondavi, to discuss his life and his legacy.


The just-drinks interview – Vijay Mallya, Part II 18 Nov 2008

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Vijay Mallya, owner of the UB Group, sits astride an enormous business empire which includes some of the largest drinks operations in one of the world’s most exciting emerging markets. In the second part of this month’s just-drinks interview, Mallya spoke with Olly Wehring about his companies’ activities in the Indian beers and spirits sectors, and the exciting opportunities ahead for the country’s fledgling wine market.


The just-drinks interview – Vijay Mallya, Part I 13 Nov 2008

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Vijay Mallya’s UB Group is becoming an increasingly important player in the international drinks business, and the airlines to whisky billionaire is no stranger to being a big player. In the first instalment of this special two-part just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring asks Mallya about travel retail and his plans for Scotch whisky firm Whyte & Mackay which UB acquired last year.


The just-drinks interview – John McDonnell, Patrón Spirits Company 30 Oct 2008

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Consumer markets may be bracing themselves for the impact of the economic downturn, but Patrón Spirits Company has no intention of being deflected from its marketing-led growth strategy. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring found John McDonnell, Patrón’s chief operating officer, in bullish mood, determined that his company will defend the position it has built through continued investment.


The just-drinks interview - Paul Walsh, Part II 9 Sep 2008

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Diageo appears to be making light of the economic downturn, turning in highly respectable year-end figures late last month, but some brands performed better than others. In the second part of this special just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring gets Paul Walsh’s assessment of how some of Diageo’s key brands are faring, and also found time to ask him how long he might be thinking of remaining at the helm.


The just-drinks interview – Paul Walsh, Part I 4 Sep 2008

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Amidst the doom and despond of the economic downturn, Diageo demonstrated its power and resilience by turning in full-year sales and profit growth. In the first of a special, two-part just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring spoke with Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh about the recent performance, future acquisition plans in spirits, wine and even beer, and the controversial issue of the alleged links between ready-to-drink brands (RTDs) and alcohol misuse.


The just-drinks interview - Skyy Spirits 19 Aug 2008

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Gloomy talk of a global economic slowdown have so far failed to dilute growth in the US vodka category. One of the better known contenders in the segment – if only for its ocean blue-coloured bottle – is Skyy vodka. In this month's just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring grills the president & CEO of Skyy Spirits, Gerry Ruvo, over the rise of the company's namesake vodka brand, what the future holds for the Campari-owned unit, and how much longer vodka's moment in the US sun can last.


The just-drinks interview - Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen 10 Jul 2008

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Late last year, Carlsberg announced a change at the top, with Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen replacing Nils Smedegaard Andersen as CEO. Ten months into his tenure, Rasmussen has rarely been out of the headlines, most notably due to Carlsberg’s long-running fight to buy Scottish & Newcastle. In this month's just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring quizzes Rasmussen about S&N, where he sees growth for the Denmark-based brewer and the current landscape in the global brewing industry.


The just-drinks interview – Patrick Ricard and Pierre Pringuet 19 Jun 2008

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Pernod Ricard’s purchase of Absolut is the latest of three colossal deals that have transformed the company into one of the giants of the global drinks stage. A timely moment therefore to speak with two men who have done more than anyone to shape Pernod’s progress. In what is by any measure a special just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring met Patrick Ricard, Pernod Ricard’s charismatic chairman and CEO, and managing director Pierre Pringuet, who takes over as CEO when Ricard steps down in November, to discuss the future for Absolut, for Pernod Ricard and what the group’s journey means to Ricard, who has been there from the group’s creation in 1975.


The just-drinks interview – Constellation Brands, part two 22 May 2008

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A net loss in the last fiscal year and the global credit crunch may have led some to believe that Constellation Brands’ rampaging acquisitive growth strategy may have to be put on hold. In the second part of this month’s just-drinks interview, Constellation CEO Rob Sands suggests the emphasis is currently on creating efficiencies in existing businesses but that Constellation has lost neither its will nor the wherewithal to make further acquisitions.


The just-drinks interview – Constellation Brands, part one 13 May 2008

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Having blazed a trail in the world drinks market for some years, Constellation Brands suffered something of a reversal in its last fiscal year, recording a net loss of US$610. In this month’s two-part just-drinks interview, CEO Rob Sands tells Olly Wehring why the group is untroubled by last year’s result and, in spite of some worrying economic and market trends, remains upbeat about the future.


The just-drinks interview - PepsiCo International, part two 17 Apr 2008

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PepsiCo returned to the headlines last month, when it announced its plans to buy a major stake in Russian juice company Lebedyansky. The transaction, for a 75% stake in the company – which accounts for 30% of the country’s juice market - marked a clear statement of intent for the company in the emerging markets of the world. In the second part of this month’s just-drinks interview, PepsiCo International’s chairman and CEO, Mike White, tells Olly Wehring of the company’s approach in the developing markets, and considers the effect of the current economic climate on the soft drinks giant.


The just-drinks interview – PepsiCo International 8 Apr 2008

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PepsiCo is aiming to become the largest beverage company in Russia and its recent acquisition of a majority stake in the juice company, JSC Lebedyansky, represents an important step towards achieving this aim. In this month’s two-part just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring spoke with Mike White, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo International, about the company’s plans for Russia.


The just-drinks interview: Con Constandis, CEO, Corby Distilleries 17 Jan 2008

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Few companies felt the shockwave of Allied Domecq’s sale more than Corby Distilleries. But the Canadian company has shrugged off the doubts and concerns about its future to emerge a stronger and more focussed operation. Con Constandis, the company’s CEO, talks to Olly Wehring about this evolution, the sale of an iconic brand and his international aspirations.


The just-drinks interview – CEDC 6 Nov 2007

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On the back of a raft of acquisitions, Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has grown to become a major force in both the Polish and Hungarian spirits markets. Bill Carey, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, spoke with Olly Wehring about CEDC’s rapid rise to prominence and its plans for further expansion the Central and Eastern European region.


The just-drinks interview - Cooley Distillery 11 Sep 2007

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While growth in Irish whiskey has been fostered by Pernod Ricard and latterly Diageo, the category’s progress has also allowed independent producer Cooley Distillery to expand. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Cooley’s founder and chairman, John Teeling, talks with Olly Wehring about living in the shadow of the world’s two largest spirits companies, and the options facing Cooley as it bids to progress to the next level in the world whisky market.


The just-drinks interview – Troy Christensen 14 Aug 2007

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Given how many times the position of chief executive of Constellation Europe has changed hands recently, and the problems the company has faced in the crucial UK market, the more cynical observers might wonder if Troy Christensen had been handed something of a poisoned chalice. But speaking to Olly Wehring for this month’s just-drinks interview, Constellation’s new European CEO appears ready for the challenge.


The just-drinks interview – Thys Loubser 10 Jul 2007

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Thys Loubser was previously a high flier in the chemical industry but when he was invited to become CEO of the South African wine group KWV he had no hesitation in taking the job. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring spoke with Loubser about the opportunities and challenges facing KWV and the key changes he envisages for the company.


The just-drinks interview - Howard Lam, Coca-Cola China 14 Jun 2007

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Coca-Cola has applied creative thinking to the launch of its Minute Maid brand in China, reducing the juice content to make the brand more affordable but adding fruity pulp to give consumers with the distinctive ‘mouthfeel’ of fresh juice. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Dominique Patton spoke with Howard Lam, Coca-Cola’s group marketing director in China, about the Minute Maid success story.


The just-drinks interview – Brian Walsh 31 May 2007

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The C&C Group may have its cider brand Magners to thank for its recent success, but Brian Walsh, managing director of the Irish company’s spirits arm C&C International, believes the group’s spirits portfolio will play an important role in sustaining that growth. In this month’s just-drinks interview, he tells Olly Wehring why.


The just-drinks interview – Nils S. Andersen 17 Apr 2007

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Nils S. Andersen has overseen something of a turnaround at Carlsberg since taking over as president and CEO in 1999 but he is determined to keep his and the company’s feet on the ground. Dean Best met him at Carlsberg’s HQ near Copenhagen to discuss the brewer’s recent achievements and plans for the future.


The just-drinks interview - Antonio Amorim 29 Mar 2007

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Synthetic corks and screw-caps may have once been frowned upon by wine cognoscenti, but no longer, and the growing popularity of alternative closures has put the natural cork industry under pressure. In this month’s just-drinks interview, Antonio Amorim, president of the world’s largest natural cork producer Amorim & Irmaos, puts the case for cork.


The just-drinks interview – Andrew Morgan 20 Feb 2007

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Coinciding with the publication of Diageo’s first-half results, this month’s just-drinks interview is with Andrew Morgan, president of Diageo’s European operations. Morgan took the opportunity to explain to Dean Best why amid a very positive group performance, the European division has failed to shine.


The just-drinks interview – Jean-Marie Chadronnier 25 Jan 2007

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Despite being only a few days into 2007, attention is already turning towards the summer and the exhibition season. Earlier this month, the team that organises the biennial Bordeaux extravaganza Vinexpo came to London to discuss this year’s show. Olly Wehring met with Vinexpo president Jean-Marie Chadronnier to find out what attendees can look forward to.


The just-drinks interview – Alan Clark 15 Dec 2006

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As managing director of SABMiller’s European division. Alan Clark has a diverse group of markets in his charge, including Russia, Italy, the Canary Islands and Romania. In the second part of this month’s double-header just-drinks interview, Clark discusses the differing challenges and opportunities facing the brewer across the region with Olly Wehring.

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