Blog: Olly WehringDiageo - An apology

Olly Wehring | 15 April 2008

I know it was cheeky, and I’m really sorry, but I just couldn’t help it.

As the ‘any questions’ segment of Paul Walsh’s presentation to the World Whiskies Conference today (15 April) drew to a close, I simply had to ask him:

“How does it feel to no longer be the biggest premium spirits company in the world?”

Quick as you like, he replied: “There are statistics, and there are statistics.

“For those of you who like to study annual reports, look at market capitalisation, look at total sales, look at margins, and then make your decision.”

Told!


HOT ISSUE

The World Whiskies Conference

Malt whisky continues to outpace the growth of blended Scotch and its leading brands are putting in stellar performances. But as a new report from just-drinks explains, a closer look reveals a categor...

BLOG

The brutal truth behind India's temperance movement

Some people in India believe alcohol should be more difficult to purchase. Last month, the state of Bihar halted all alcohol sales as its chief minister made good on an election promise. ...

BLOG

How to test Heineken's sense of humour

Greetings from Zurich. Here as a guest of Heineken's Amstel brand, I'm due to sit down later today with the group's senior global director for international brands, Walter Drenth....

BLOG

Which spirits category is the next big thing?

Drinks companies spend a lot of money on trying to predict trends. At last night's Worshipful Company of Distillers City debate, any strategists in the audience got a bit of forecasting for free....

just-drinks homepage



Forgot your password?