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By: James Wilmore | 6 March 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
By: James Wilmore | 20 February 2014
Earlier this week, we published the first part of an interview with MillerCoors' sales president, Ed McBrien, where he explained the thinking behind's the JV's biggest launch to date, Miller Fortune. Here in part two, McBrien talks to deputy editor James Wilmore about the familiar territory of light beer in the US and plans for a major new cider launch.
By: James Wilmore | 18 February 2014
Last week, MillerCoors unveiled the biggest brand launch in its five-and-a-half year history: Miller Fortune, a beer designed to take on the spirits market. But, how will this strategy play out, and what else does the brewing JV have in store to rescue its flagging volumes? Here, in the first part of an exclusive two-part interview just-drinks deputy editor James Wilmore tackles the US firm's sales president, Ed McBrien.
By: Andy Morton | 14 February 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.
By: James Wilmore | 10 February 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.
By: James Wilmore | 27 January 2014
Since breaking out of its Italian roots in the late-1990s, Gruppo Campari has expanded its horizons through a series of acquisitions. Headed by Bob Kunze-Concewitz, the company now sells its 50-plus brands in 190 countries. Here just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, travelled to Manchester to talk through the company's latest movements with Kunze-Concewitz.
By: Olly Wehring | 23 January 2014
In the first part of just-drinks' interview with the CEO of Edrington, Ian Curle set out why his company was bringing its global distribution in-house and investing heavily in its The Macallan Scotch whisky. In part two, Curle talks about his company's unique ownership structure and shares his thoughts on the next possible golden era for Scotch.
By: Olly Wehring | 21 January 2014
Late last year, just-drinks travelled to New York to interview - for the first time - the CEO of Edrington, owner of the Cutty Sark, The Famous Grouse, Highland Park and The Macallan Scotch whisky brands, Brugal rum and Snow Leopard vodka.
By: Olly Wehring | 28 November 2013
In the first part of just-drinks' interview with the head of Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar, Jirí Bocek discussed the company's ownership structure and its position in the Czech beer market. Here, in part two, he tells us about his plans beyond Czech and gives us his view on the never-ending legal tussle with Anheuser-Busch InBev.
By: James Wilmore | 27 November 2013
Back in September, Portuguese wine producer Esporao celebrated its 40th anniversary. But, while the Alentejo-based firm is proud of its history, the company is transforming itself into a progressive operation, thanks to its CEO, Joao Roquette. just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, visited Esporao's vineyards to talk wine, revolution and jazz with the company chief.
By: Olly Wehring | 26 November 2013
By: Andy Morton | 25 November 2013
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By: James Wilmore | 22 October 2013
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By: Andy Morton | 16 August 2013
By: James Wilmore | 9 July 2013
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By: Andy Morton | 10 April 2013
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By: Andy Morton | 18 March 2013