The just-drinks Interview

The just-drinks Interview

Every month, just-drinks gives a drinks executive a grilling.



Coca-Cola's Costa Coffee global expansion - just-drinks speaks to Prodromos Nikolaidis, Coca-Cola HBC's group coffee director 27 May 2020

just-drinks speaks to Coca-Cola HBC's group coffee director, Prodromos Nikolaidis, about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the company's roll out of the Costa Coffee platform, the prospect of a new battleground in Coca-Cola's rivalry with PepsiCo and whether we will see a Costa-branded Coke.


"By 2025, nootropic drinks will be worth over US$7bn - that's a conservative estimate." just-drinks speaks to Angela Kahn, co-founder of Tesla Nootropics Group 27 May 2020

In 2013, Angela Kahn took on a new idea to replace coffee and energy drinks for a healthier choice. Kahn left her job as VP & global brand director at the British Petroleum Company (BP) to start her own business, Tesla Nootropics Group (TNG), which was formed in 2016.


"'Watershed moment' is the right term to use" - Charlie Merrells, chief strategy officer for Amazon agency Molzi - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 20 May 2020

Charlie Merrells left his job as Amazon's UK category head for beer, wines and spirits days before the coronavirus lockdown hit the country. He could hardly have picked a more tumultuous moment for retail as the pandemic pushed consumers - many for the first time - towards the e-commerce channel. In his new role as chief strategy officer for Amazon agency Molzi, Merrells is tasked with navigating companies through the new sales environment. Many of these firms have also been pushed towards the channel for the first time because of the coronavirus. In an interview with just-drinks this week, Merrells talks about what the rush to online has meant for beer, wines and spirits, the mistakes companies make when selling on Amazon and whether new trends for direct-to-consumer will outlive the pandemic.


"Company leaders really need to take a battlefield approach" - just-drinks speaks to Ross Colbert, KPMG Corporate Finance MD of global beverages - Part II - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 7 May 2020

In the second part of just-drinks' exclusive interview with Ross Colbert, the MD of global beverages at KPMG Corporate Finance, we drill down into the coronavirus effect on the global drinks industry. Ross expands on his comments in part one about how consumer behaviour is adapting and also considers how the rest of 2020 will pan out.


"Zero-based budgeting hasn't been successful in building brands" - just-drinks speaks to Ross Colbert, MD of global beverages at KPMG Corporate Finance - Part I 5 May 2020

Late last week, just-drinks caught up with Ross Colbert, the MD of global beverages at KPMG Corporate Finance in New York. In the first part of our exclusive two-part interview, Ross looks at how the drinks industry's M&A landscape has evolved, what the coronavirus will do to company valuations and the rise of the 'hybrid consumer'.


China bounce-back a tonic for spirits - Zamora CEO Emilio Restoy - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 30 Apr 2020

The alcohol industry is looking to China for indications of how the market will react after coronavirus lockdown measures are lifted. As China's on-premise reopens, one premium spirits & wine supplier with a exposure to the market is encouraged by what it is seeing.


"Who knew we'd launch in the middle of a pandemic?" - just-drinks speaks to Jade Padua, co-founder of new CBD beverage company G&Juice 23 Apr 2020

The whole world may be in lockdown, but despite the coronavirus pandemic the drinks industry refuses to stop. An example is G&Juice, a Californian, hemp-derived CBD beverage start-up whose plans for the release of its first products were thrown into disarray by COVID-19. Meetings with leading retailers and distributors scheduled for Expo West were lost when the Anaheim trade show was cancelled at the last minute, potentially cutting off G&Juice's route-to-market at a crucial stage. Undaunted, the three women at the helm of G&Juice have reassessed their plans, turning to smaller outlets in California that were calling out for stress-busting CBD products in a time of national emergency. Yesterday, just-drinks spoke to G&Juice co-founder & CMO Jade Padua, currently in lockdown in her home city of Toronto, Canada, about reacting to the cancelled Anaheim show, the positives of launching during a global pandemic and what US food safety authorities have in store for CBD beverages.


"This is one of the biggest opportunities to change the way we recycle plastic" - just-drinks speaks to Suntory Beverage & Food Europe chief R&D officer Roberto Vanin 15 Apr 2020

Last week, just-drinks spoke to Suntory Beverage & Food Europe's chief R&D officer, Roberto Vanin, to discuss the implications of a new enzyme that can break down plastic in a matter of hours.


"If you're a very small gin distillery, I think your days are numbered" - Mangrove MD Nick Gillett - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 27 Mar 2020

The head of UK high-end spirits distributor Mangrove has spoken of his fears for the spirits industry as the coronavirus crisis deepens, warning that large distillers with production tied to one location may have issues sourcing bottles.


"No one wins. I don't see any company coming out of this up" - just-drinks speaks to Wine & Spirit Trade Association chief executive Miles Beale - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 20 Mar 2020

As the coronavirus COVID-19 throws the UK into confusion this week, just-drinks speaks to the chief executive of the country's Wine & Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale, to hear his view on a tumultuous few days - with no immediate end in sight.


Cupcake Vineyards’ Cupcake Cava - Product Launch 10 Mar 2020

California-based wine company Cupcake Vineyards has added a Cava to its portfolio.


"I don't see CBD playing a role in our business" - just-drinks speaks to Nichols' senior executive team 26 Feb 2020

Earlier today, UK-based soft drinks group and Vimto brand owner Nichol reported its full-year results. Following the announcement, just-drinks spoke to CEO Marnie Millard, alongside CFO Tim Croston and the company's COO, Andrew Milne.


China e-commerce a "top priority" for Jameson - Pernod Ricard 12 Feb 2020

Pernod Ricard is ramping up its e-commerce efforts for Jameson as the group looks to grow the Irish whiskey brand in China.


"The minute you react to short-term volatility, that's when businesses get into trouble" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes 31 Jan 2020

Earlier this week, Diageo released half-year results that showed sales growth slowing to +4%. Following the announcement, just-drinks editor Olly Wehring sat down with group CEO Ivan Menezes to drill down into the numbers.


"Let me say right here, plastic in itself is not the issue" - Interview - Refresco CEO Hans Roelofs 31 Jan 2020

just-drinks deputy editor Andy Morton spoke to Hans Roelofs, Refresco CEO for almost 13 years, about why we can expect more US M&A activity from the group. Roelofs also gives his inside take on the CCEP purchase and talks about plastic's position as a priority for the soft drinks industry.


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