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Interview - Meantime Brewing Co CEO Nick Miller

Nick Miller spent 25 years working for big brewers - most recently with SABMiller - before deciding to take the role of CEO at London's Mean...

Interview - Beam Suntory's EMEA head - part II

In the second part of just-drinks' interview with Beam Suntory's Europe, Middle East & Africa head, Albert Baladi talks about the company's...

Interview - Beam Suntory's EMEA president

Formed just under a year ago, Beam Suntory is a “global whisk(e)y powerhouse,” in the words of Albert Baladi, the unit's Europe, Middle East...

Interview - Master of Malt

Today, we're launching a new, quick-fire interview section that focuses on subscribers to just-drinks. First up, we welcome Ben Ellefsen, sa...


just the Answer: Funkin's CEO, Andrew King 23 Mar 2015

Andy Morton

Cocktail mixers and syrups firm Funkin is now part of the AG Barr portfolio after the closure of a multi-million deal last month. Here, Funkin CEO Andrew King explains how he can help Barr grow its on-trade presence, why Angola is a new focus for cocktails and what he has planned for Irn Bru.


just a Moment With ... Dave Schmier from Bardstown Barrel Selections 23 Mar 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to the co-founder & co-president of Bardstown Barrel Selections, and just-drinks subscriber, Dave Schmier.


just a Moment With ... Kevin Abrook from William Grant & Sons 16 Mar 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to William Grant & Sons' global whisky specialist for innovation, and just-drinks subscriber, Kevin Abrook.


just a Moment With ... Fiona Curtin from Heineken 9 Mar 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, just-drinks welcomes Fiona Curtin, the senior innovation manager at Heineken's division in Ireland and a just-drinks subscriber.


just a Moment With ... Chris Mason from William Grant & Sons 2 Mar 2015

Olly Wehring

In this week's quick-fire interview, we talk to Chris Mason, the MD of William Grant & Sons' operations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand & Canada.


The just-drinks Interview - Pernod Ricard's Outgoing CEO, Pierre Pringuet - Part II 12 Feb 2015

Olly Wehring

In the second part of just-drinks' exclusive interview with the outgoing CEO of Pernod Ricard, Pierre Pringuet, here he looks back at some of the deals that have shaped the company, and his role in their negotiation.


The just-drinks Interview - Pernod Ricard's Outgoing CEO, Pierre Pringuet - Part I 11 Feb 2015

Olly Wehring

This week sees Pernod Ricard switch its CEO, with Alexandre Ricard replacing Pierre Pringuet in the hot seat. With Pringuet retiring, just-drinks met up with him one last time to look back at his near 30-year career with the French wine and spirits group.


just the Answer - Sebastian Aguirre, Concha y Toro Marketing Director for Premium Wines 23 Jan 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, editor Olly Wehring has been travelling through the winelands of Chile with the country's biggest wine producer, Concha y Toro. While there, he met Sebastian Aguirre, the company's marketing director for premium wines, to delve deeper into CyT's biggest brand, Casillero del Diablo.


The just-drinks Interview - Con Constandis, Pernod Ricard Asia Travel Retail managing director 7 Jan 2015

Andy Morton

The international spirits segment is undergoing a sea-change in Asia, from Cognac declines in China to Scotch weakness in South Korea. Those effects may be less severe in the Travel Retail channel but, as Pernod Ricard's Asia Travel Retail MD, Con Constandis, tells just-drinks, there is still plenty to keep the sector busy, from protests in Hong Kong to margin-squeezing airport operators. Not to mention lazy journalists...


The just-drinks Interview - Panos Sarantopoulos, CEO of Remy Cointreau's liqueurs & spirits unit 3 Dec 2014

Richard Woodard

Earlier this year, Panos Sarantopoulos was promoted by Remy Cointreau to head up its liqueurs & spirits division. Late last month, Richard Woodard travelled to France to meet him.


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