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What's behind Brown-Forman's Irish whiskey plans?

The owner of the largest US whiskey brand in the world has bought into Ireland to create a new whiskey brand. Can Brown-Forman make Slane Wh...

Interview - Illva Saronno CEO Augusto Reina

At almost 75 years old, Augusto Reina could be taking it easy on an Italian beach somewhere. Instead, he's suited, booted and every bit the...

Interview: Head brewer at Hall & Woodhouse

This week, we speak to the head brewer at Badger Ales brewer Hall & Woodhouse, and just-drinks subscriber, Toby Heasman....

Interview - MD of Tyrrell’s Wines

This week, we speak to the MD of Australia's Tyrrell’s Wines, and just-drinks subscriber, Bruce Tyrrell....

How is the Rugby World Cup working out for Heineken? - Interview, Heineken's global activation director, Hans Erik Tuijt 28 Sep 2015

Olly Wehring

The Rugby World Cup is just over one week old and the event is dominating the television, radio and newspapers here in the UK. As one of the event's headline sponsors, Heineken hopes that this level of interest will continue, right through to the final on 31 October. Earlier today, just-drinks spoke to Heineken's global activation director, Hans Erik Tuijt, about the brewer's activities in and around the tournament, the balance of power between television and digital marketing and whether the host nation's continued presence in the event actually matters.

How bright is Irish whiskey's future? - Interview, Walsh Whiskey Distillery founder, Bernard Walsh 25 Sep 2015

Olly Wehring

It's almost two years since Walsh Whiskey Distillery sold a stake to Italy's Illva Saronno, resulting in a healthy cash injection that is funding the construction of a new distillery for the Carlow-based Irish whiskey producer. Earlier this month, just-drinks met Walsh Whiskey's founder, Bernard Walsh, to talk about the category in general and the future for Walsh in particular.

What next for Lucas Bols? - Interview with CEO Huub van Doorne 21 Sep 2015

Andy Morton

Lucas Bols has seen a lot of changes recently. Earlier this month, just-drinks spoke to CEO Huub van Doorne about the company's IPO earlier this year, as well as the increasingly-crowded US spirits market and how best to target China's new cocktail culture.

just a Moment With - Bundaberg Brewed Drinks CEO, John Mclean 17 Aug 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to the CEO of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, and just-drinks subscriber, John Mclean.

Why did Mast-Jägermeister buy Sidney Frank Importing Co? - just The Answer 10 Aug 2015

Andy Morton

Last week, Mast-Jägermeister, the German owner of the Jägermeister herbal liqueur, took control of its US distributor Sidney Frank Importing Co. Part of Mast-Jägermeister's new strategy to control distribution in its core markets, the acquisition was otherwise noteworthy because of the important role Sidney Frank has played in Jägermeister's global rise.With Jägermeister sales in the US under pressure, Mast-Jägermeister is looking to move away from its famous brand's reputation as a party shot and embrace the new craft spirits culture. But, as Mast-Jägermeister executive board member Michael Volke told just-drinks from New York last week, not completely away.

just a Moment With … Myx Fusions CEO, Peter Reaske 10 Aug 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to the CEO of Myx Fusions, and just-drinks subscriber, Peter Reaske.

just a Moment With … Guy Lawrence, CEO of Mast-Jägermeister UK 6 Aug 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to the CEO of the UK arm of Mast-Jägermeister, and just-drinks subscriber, Guy Lawrence.

just a Moment With … Dan Liguori, CEO of Zodiac Spirits 27 Jul 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to the CEO of Zodiac Spirits, and just-drinks subscriber, Dan Liguori.

just a Moment With … Jens Bernardo Helmbaek, commercial manager at Valora Trade Beverages 1 Jun 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to Jens Bernardo Helmbaek, commercial manager at Nordic wine & spirit distributor, and just-drinks subscriber, Valora Trade Beverages.

just the Answer - Martell's CEO & chairman, Philippe Guettat 6 May 2015

Andy Morton

Pernod Ricard's Cognac unit, Maison Martell, is about to celebrate its 300th anniversary. just-drinks caught up with Philippe Guettat, Martell's CEO & chairman, to discuss how the party preparations are going, why China demand is at a crossroads and what lies ahead for the unit in Africa.

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