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just-drinks uses its unrivalled access to the top industry executives to bring you interviews with the personalities shaping the news all year round.

Interview - Pernod Ricard's luxury director

Tareef Shawa joined Pernod Ricard in 2014, bringing with him luxury credentials from American Express's invitation-only Centurion division,...

Interview - Loch Lomond GTR head Andre de Almeida

Andre de Almeida had been William Grant & Sons' director for European Travel Retail for four years when he decided earlier this year to take...

Interview, Sapporo's Tsutomu Kamijo - Part II

It is 40 years since Tsutomu Kamijo walked in the door at Sapporo, but he remembers it like it was yesterday....

Interview - Sapporo president Tsutomu Kamijo

Sapporo Holdings is one of Japan's biggest alcohol and soft drinks producers and the country's oldest brewer. This month, Andy Morton met wi...


"Brexit is going to happen so we might as well get on with it" - Interview, Philip Gregan, CEO, New Zealand Winegrowers 18 Jan 2017

Lucy Britner

Philip Gregan, the CEO of trade organisation New Zealand Winegrowers was in London this week for the country's annual UK trade tasting. He sat down with just-drinks to talk Brexit, Trump and the future of Sauvignon Blanc.


"Creating craft brands is a skill set that most big companies don’t have" - Interview, Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling 1 Dec 2016

Lucy Britner

Sanford Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling is no stranger to the drinks industry. Having spent the late ‘90s as strategic planning director for Guinness Ireland, he then took on the role of packaged trade director at the company. He followed that by starting his own private-client wine merchant. In 2004, Stirling became an analyst at Bernstein, where he covers the major European brewing and spirits companies. Here, he talks to just-drinks about the role of an analyst, and how he sees the future of the drinks industry shaping up.


"It would be sad if Travel Retail just became a copy of FMCG" - Interview, Edrington MD for Travel Retail, Tellis Baroutsis 21 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

Tellis Baroutsis joined Edrington from Nike six years ago and has since moved up to lead The Macallan owner's Travel Retail division. Speaking to just-drinks at the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes last month, Baroutsis discussed Edrington's structural overhaul in Travel Retail, the launch of The Macallan Boutique and why Travel Retail must not become just another FMCG channel.


"All in all, I think the model needs to adjust" - Interview, Diageo MD for Travel Retail Dayalan Nayager 1 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

In July, Diageo turned its previously-combined Middle East & Global Travel Retail division into a standalone GTR unit. At the same time, TR head Doug Bagley stood down and was replaced by Dayalan Nayager, Bagley's European TR regional leader. Last month, at the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes, just-drinks caught up with Nayager to find out how the new structure was working, as well as his thoughts on the overall state of the GTR channel.


"I want people to focus on Bulldog as a brand. People don't call Jack Daniel's a whiskey" - Interview, Bulldog Gin founder & CEO, Anshuman Vohra - Part II 21 Oct 2016

Olly Wehring

In the first part of just-drinks’ interview with Bulldog Gin Co’s founder & CEO, Anshuman Vohra, we looked at the birth and rise of the brand. In part two, Vohra considers the wider gin segment, Bulldog’s relationship with Gruppo Campari and his hopes for the future.


"Gin's problem was its taste and its perception" - Interview, Bulldog Gin founder & CEO, Anshuman Vohra - Part I 19 Oct 2016

Olly Wehring

Bulldog Gin is a brand on the rise in a category on the rise. Earlier this month, just-drinks met the company's founder & CEO, Anshuman Vohra, in London, to consider Bulldog's history, the potential for the premium gin segment and how to navigate the hurdles that face spirits start-ups.


"Craft beer is starting to redefine the base that it was once counter to" - Interview, Andy Thomas, Craft Brew Alliance CEO - Part II 18 Oct 2016

Lucy Britner

In part two of our interview with Craft Brew Alliance’s CEO, we talk to Andy Thomas about the state of the craft beer market, how CBA fits into it and where the category is headed.


"Anheuser Busch InBev's acquisition isn't a done deal" - Interview, Andy Thomas, Craft Brew Alliance CEO - Part I 13 Oct 2016

Lucy Britner

Andy Thomas moved up to the CEO position at Craft Brew Alliance in 2014, following several years in the company's commercial operations. Previously, he spent 12 years at Heineken USA - the last two of which were as unit president. Thomas's experience in big brewing has proved useful at CBA, as the company moves to deepen its ties with major shareholder Anheuser-Busch InBev. In part one of this two-part interview, Thomas provides insight into the latest deal, which gives AB InBev a staggered, qualified offer option to acquire CBA.


Coca-Cola Co's global water stewardship director, Greg Koch - Interview 30 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

In achieving its goal to replenish water equivalent to its 2015 sales volumes "back to nature and communities", Coca-Cola gave itself a compelling sustainability story to tell consumers. Greg Koch, senior director of Global Water Stewardship at Coca-Cola, spoke with Ben Cooper about what "replenishment" means, and why getting the minutiae of the methodology right is so important.


"There is a ceiling for Campari, but not at the level of Grand Marnier" - Interview, Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Gruppo Campari CEO - Part II 8 Sep 2016

Olly Wehring

In part two of our interview with Gruppo Campari's CEO, we talk to Bob Kunze-Concewitz about the company's approach to its portfolio and to the craft segment, as well as its M&A strategy and non-core asset plans.


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