just the Answer

just the Answer

Once a month, we put a drinks executive on the spot with a bout of quick-fire questions.



just the Answer: Australian Vintage's CEO, Neil McGuigan 17 Jul 2014

Neil McGuigan, Australian Vintage's CEO, is not a man short of words. The affable, 55 year-old Aussie, who has been in charge for four years and is part of the family that started the company, is happy to tell it like it is on most subjects. Here, just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, talks to McGuigan about the state of the global wine market, the company's plans to get back into the US and the on-going tribulations at rival Treasury Wine Estates


just the Answer: Pernod Ricard's international marketing director for Havana Club, Nick Blacknell 14 Jul 2014

Earlier this year, the Worshipful Company of Distillers held a lively debate in London on the future of rum. Afterwards, just-drinks spoke to Nick Blacknell, Havana Club's international marketing director for Pernod Ricard, to discuss digital, diversity and the debate's motion “The future for rum lies with connoisseurs not clubbers”.


just the Answer: Beam Suntory's Asia-Pacific, South America president Nick Fink 26 Jun 2014

Spirits firm Beam is now under the control of Japan's Suntory Holdings after a US$16bn takeover earlier this year. So how will this new marriage work in some key global markets? just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, caught up with Beam Suntory's Asia-Pacific & South America president, Nick Fink, to find out.


just The Answer: Heineken's Africa & Middle East president, Siep Hiemstra 23 Jun 2014

Heineken will open its newest African brewery in Ethiopia next month as the brewer continues to expand across the continent. Last week, just-drinks sat down with Siep Hiemstra, Heineken's president for Africa and the Middle East, to talk football, Nigeria and if there's an African Tiger waiting to take on the world.


just The Answer: KWL Enterprises' CEO, Kevin Liles 19 Jun 2014

Kevin Liles, the former CEO of Def Jam Records, now heads up his own multi-industry firm, KWL Enterprises. This includes working as a consultant to stars such as Jay-Z and Mariah Carey, with whom he has just released a line of tea-blend soft drinks. Yesterday (18 June), he spoke to just-drinks about the celebrity tie-ups, how to make the most of new technology and Jay-Z and Carey's love for the beverage industry.


just the Answer: MillerCoors' Blue Moon Brewing Company founder, Keith Villa 9 Jun 2014

Keith Villa is the founder and head brewmaster of MillerCoors-owned Blue Moon Brewing Company, creator of the Belgium-style Blue Moon beer. During his visit to London last week, just-drinks sat down with the doctor of brewing to discuss quality issues in craft beer and what motivates him to experiment with bacon, peanut butter and chocolate. Villa also made clear why he considers Blue Moon a craft beer despite its corporate owners.


just the Answer - Laurent Pillet, MD of Pernod Ricard Sub-Saharan Africa 6 Jun 2014

After 18 years in Latin America, Laurent Pillet moved to sub-Saharan Africa in 2011 to head up Pernod Ricard's operations in the region. At the French company's Capital Markets Day this week, just-drinks sat down with Pillet to discuss the past, present and future for Pernod in the region.


just the Answer: ProWine China's lead organiser, Marius Berlemann 6 May 2014

Later this year, Shanghai will host the second ProWine China, a sister event to Düsseldorf's ProWein. Here, just-drinks' Andy Morton speaks to head organiser Marius Berlemann to find out how preparations are going for the November show.


just the Answer: Treasury Wine Estates' CMO, Simon Marton 8 Apr 2014

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) last week welcomed its new CEO Michael Clarke. He has already made headlines with his maiden speech to investors today. Prior to Clarke's arrival just-drinks sat down with company CMO Simon Marton at Prowein last month to talk about his appointment and other issues, including a stock write-down in the US and why the days of print advertising may be numbered.


just the Answer: Heineken's Asia-Pacific president, Roland Pirmez 24 Mar 2014

Roland Pirmez was president of Asia Pacific Breweries before Heineken took full control of the joint venture in 2012. He now combines that role with heading up Heineken's Asia Pacific division. just-drinks sat down up with the Belgian just before he delivered a presentation to investors in London on Friday (21 March).


just the Answer - Jackson Family Wine's president Rick Tigner 6 Mar 2014

Jackson Family Wines’ president Rick Tigner sprung to prominence in the US through appearing on reality TV show ‘Undercover Boss’. But, away from the bright lights of TV-world, the 52 year-old remains focussed, both domestically and globally, on the California-based company he leads. Here, just-drinks’ deputy-editor James Wilmore talks to Tigner about working for America’s other famous Jackson family


just the Answer: Pernod Ricard's head of digital, Antonia McCahon 14 Feb 2014

Antonia McCahon has been Pernod Ricard's head of digital for four-and-a-half months, taking on the newly-created post after working with a range of consumer goods companies. just-drinks caught up with the Australian at Pernod's innovation day in Paris late last month.


just The Answer - Moet Hennessy's Estates & Wines president Jean-Guillaume Prats 10 Feb 2014

It's been a year since Jean-Guillaume Prats made the switch from Bordeaux winemaker at Chateau Cos d'Estournel to head up Moet Hennessy’s still and sparkling wine division, Estates & Wines. In the role, the 44-year-old is spearheading the launch of the group’s sparkling Chandon brands in India and China, while eyeing future opportunities in Africa. just-drinks’ deputy editor, James Wilmore, tackled Prats about his vision for the unit.


just the Answer: Pernod Ricard's brand director for gin, JC Iglesias 25 Nov 2013

JC Iglesias took over as brand director of Pernod Ricard's gin brand, Beefeater, in August this year after a switch from marketing the company's brown spirits portfolio in the US. In his first interview since taking on his new role, he tells just-drinks why he wants to take gin to a completely new market, what a wider Beefeater portfolio could do and that there really is a gin boom going on out there.


just the Answer: Thomas Hine & Co's MD, François Le Grelle 6 Nov 2013

Two months ago, CL World Brands sold the Thomas Hine & Co Cognac house to EDV SAS for an undisclosed fee. just-drinks caught up with Hine's MD, François Le Grelle, at the Cannes World Exhibition last month to talk about the change, what life is like away from CL's parent, CL Financial, and why Chinese Cognac drinkers will prove more loyal than Japan's.


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