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March 9, 2021

From the just-drinks cellars – What happened in drinks on this day in …

Here's a look at what was happening in the drinks industry on this day in ...

By Rhodri Morgan

Here’s a look at what was happening in the drinks industry on this day in …

Following the emergence of two Mexican spirit-influenced blended Scotch whiskies a year ago, we looked at how continued innovation could potentially bring new consumers into a weary category.

In February 2019, Quintessential Brands opened the doors for the first time to its The Dublin Liberties Irish whiskey distillery and visitor experience, making its mark on the city’s burgeoning whiskey scene. Ahead of the launch event, we sat down with Quintessential’s CMO, Shane Hoyne, to talk about brand homes, the future of the Irish whiskey category and the company’s broader acquisition plans.

Heineken reported some very positive trends in its 2017 results, despite the generally-depressed state of the global beer market at the time. The performance merited consideration with an eye towards what others in the beer industry could learn from the world’s number two brewer.

In early-2017, Bacardi unveiled its CEO succession plan that readied Mahesh Madhavan, the group’s then-regional president for Asia, Middle East & Africa, to assume the role of regional president for Europe ahead of replacing Mike Dolan in April 2018. We spoke to Madhavan about his career to-date, and looked at the mechanics of the succession plan. 

Five years ago, just-drinks met up with Paul Schaafsma, a wine industry veteran of almost 20 years, who became CEO of Accolade Wines in 2015.

Bacardi provided further details on its 2015 announcement that its Brazilian division would handle the sales and distribution of Beam Suntory’s brands in the country.

Muhtar Kent, the then-head of The Coca-Cola Co, saw his pay fall by 16% in 2013 as the company underperformed in the global market.

Back in 2013, we ran a four-part management briefing, looking at the logistics landscape in the BRIC markets. Here’s all you need to know about China.

just-drinks considered the rise, fall and rise again of the drinks can. The format was in the midst of a renaissance nine years ago, with economic plight playing an unexpected role in the success story.

Pernod Ricard was relaxed about the disparity in profits between its wine and spirits divisions in 2011, amid wine asset sales at some of the firm’s major competitors.

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