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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.


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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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

Column: The just-drinks Interview

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.

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