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just-drinks speaks to Aspall Cyder & Molson Coors

Over the weekend, Molson Coors announced its purchase of UK cider producer Aspall Cyder. Earlier today, just-drinks spoke to Henry Chevallie...

Interview - Beam Suntory's MD for Travel Retail

The Global Travel Retail channel is evolving. Recent declines have highlighted problems that look set to dictate GTR's direction over the ne...

just-drinks speaks to Henry Ashworth, CEO of IARD

In November, just-drinks grabbed some time with the CEO of the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, Henry...

just-drinks meets Henry Ashworth, CEO of IARD

Last month, just-drinks sat down with the head of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, Henry Ashworth. The trade-funded orga...


"If there's one rum brand that can legitimately play in the super-premium segment, it's Mount Gay" - Interview, Raphaël Grisoni, MD at Mount Gay for Remy Cointreau 5 Dec 2017

Olly Wehring

Earlier this year, just-drinks met up with the head of Rémy Cointreau's Mount Gay rum brand, Raphaël Grisoni. During our time together, Grisoni described Mount Gay's position within the French group, highlighted the challenges facing the rum category and suggested the end is nigh for umbrellas in cocktails.


"When people come to Pinterest, they are at a point where they are interested in a product, service or category" - Interview, Pinterest UK & Ireland country manager Adele Cooper 28 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

Online pinboard Pinterest is designed to help consumers plan. The platform allows users to 'pin' images for everything from wedding ideas to cocktail recipes. Earlier this year, the site crossed the 200m user mark - with the average age of a user over 18. Earlier this month, just-drinks deputy editor Lucy Britner spoke to the company's UK & Ireland country manager, Adele Cooper, to find out how drinks brand owners can make the most of Pinterest.


"Only dead fish go with the stream" - Interview, Maison Villevert CEO Jean-Sébastien Robicquet 22 Nov 2017

Lucy Britner

Earlier this week, Cognac-headquartered Maison Villevert unveiled the next chapter in the history of its G'Vine gin brand, with the relaunch of G'Vine's Nouaison expression. Ahead of the event, just-drinks deputy editor Lucy Britner sat down with Maison Villevert CEO Jean-Sébastien Robicquet to talk about why the brand needed to change and what the future holds for Maison Villevert.


"It's a slightly false choice to say that it is us or Jameson" - Interview, William Grant & Sons CEO Simon Hunt and Tullamore Dew global brand director Caspar MacRae 1 Nov 2017

Andy Morton

Last month, William Grant & Sons opened a new grain distillery and bottling plant at its Tullamore Dew site. The ceremony, held on a rainswept afternoon in central Ireland, was one of the final stages in William Grant's Irish whiskey venture, launched when it bought the Tullamore Dew brand in 2010.


"You could argue that we are stupid to sell in Travel Retail; for us it is the right environment" - Interview, Edrington MD for Global Travel Retail, Igor Boyadjian 10 Oct 2017

Andy Morton

In early-October, Edrington officially unveiled its new Global Travel Retail range for its The Macallan single malt Scotch whisky brand. The Macallan Quest Collection differs from its predecessor, the 1824 range, by having four SKUs instead of three. At the Tax Free World Association exhibition in Cannes, just-drinks sat down with Edrington's MD for GTR, Igor Boyadjian to discuss the reasons for the four tiers, why Edrington could exit the GTR channel and how digital is expected to transform transactions.


"To say that we're thrilled is an understatement" - Diageo's head of whisky outreach, Nick Morgan 9 Oct 2017

Olly Wehring

Earlier today, Diageo announced plans to invest GBP35m (US$46m) in reopening two of its Scotch whisky distilleries that have been closed for 34 years. Work is set to begin on the Port Ellen and Brora sites - Port Ellen still houses a maltings unit, while Brora is next to Diageo's Clynelish distillery - in the coming months, ahead of becoming operational by 2020. Shortly after the announcement, just-drinks spoke to the group's head of whisky outreach, Nick Morgan, about the news.


"The US has real brand calls. They are asking for an Avión Margarita" -  Pierre-Aymeric du Cray, VP of Pernod Ricard's House of Tequila - Interview part II 28 Sep 2017

Lucy Britner

In part one of this interview, the VP of Pernod Ricard's House of Tequila unit, Pierre-Aymeric du Cray, explained the importance of 'The Tahona Society' bartender programme to the group's business, as well as brand Altos' place in the company's Tequila portfolio. In part two, we turn our attention to Pernod's Olmeca and Avión Tequila brands, as well as the effect of agave price fluctuations and the company's recently-acquired Del Maguey Mezcal.


"We really want to change the perception of Tequila with Altos" - Pierre-Aymeric du Cray, VP of Pernod Ricard's House of Tequila 26 Sep 2017

Lucy Britner

Earlier in September, Pernod Ricard hosted the seventh annual The Tahona Society competition - a bartender programme under its Altos Tequila brand. The 2017 session saw 25 bartenders from 17 markets gather in Jalisco, Mexico, along with journalists and bloggers from all over the world. Lucy Britner was there to talk to VP House of Tequila Pierre-Aymeric du Cray.


"I can see us getting Smirnoff into growth in the US next year" - Interview - Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes 27 Jul 2017

Lucy Britner

Following today's full-year 2017 results, just-drinks spoke to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes about regional challenges, product innovation and acquisition strategy.


"Our major task, however simple it sounds, is to reach every consumer personally" - Interview, Global Spirits owner Eugen Chernyak 27 Jun 2017

Lucy Britner

Last month, just-drinks was a guest of Ukrainian drinks group Global Spirits. The tour took in the company’s Cognac distillery, Shustov, in Odessa as well as the Khortytsa vodka facility in Zaporizhia. just-drinks sat down with Global Spirits’ founder & owner, Eugen Chernyak, to talk about his firm’s US ambitions, the ongoing battle to preserve Ukrainian 'Cognac' and the importance of quality.


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