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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....

Interview - Innis & Gunn CEO

This week, we speak to the CEO of Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn, and just-drinks subscriber, Dougal Sharp....


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.


just a Moment With … Michael Urquhart, former MD of Gordon & MacPhail 5 May 2015

Olly Wehring

This week, we speak to the retired managing director of Scotch whisky producer Gordon & Macphail, and just-drinks subscriber, Michael Urquhart.


just the Answer - Casella Family Brands' global marketing & export sales manager, Libby Nutt 21 Apr 2015

James Wilmore

Casella Family Brands hit the acquisition trail late last year when it snapped up Barossa Valley producer Peter Lehmann Wines for AUD57m (US$49.8m). Here, just-drinks talks to the Australian firm's global marketing & export sales manager, Libby Nutt, about the plans ahead for the brand and Casella's star performer Yellow Tail.


just the Answer - Accolade Wines' AMESCA/SE commercial director, Nick Pringle 14 Apr 2015

James Wilmore

As a former professional cricketer, Nick Pringle is well-aware of the power the game's biggest names wield over the public. That's why Accolade Wines has recruited the services of Glenn McGrath to promote its Hardys brand in India. Earlier this week, Pringle, who is now the company's commercial director for the Indian subcontinent, Africa, the Middle East, South & Central America, and Southern Europe, talks to just-drinks about the McGrath tie-up, as well as Accolade's market challenges elsewhere.


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