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"Powers is the sleeping giant of Irish whiskey" - Interview - Irish Distillers global marketing director Brendan Buckley

11 February 2020 | Andy Morton

Brendan Buckley is the global marketing director for Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers unit, owner of the Jameson whiskey brand. As Irish whiskey continues to grow in popularity outside of its core US market, just-drinks spoke to Buckley about raising the awareness of Irish Distillers' other brands. He also talked about the recent success of rival whiskey Proper No. 12, fronted by mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, as well as moves to ramp up Jameson's e-commerce footprint.... read more


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

31 January 2020 | Olly Wehring

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.... read more


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

31 January 2020 | Andy Morton

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.... read more


"Drinking has its taboo side in India, but that's changing" - just-drinks speaks to William Grant & Sons' India head, Sachin Mehta

28 January 2020 | Andy Morton

It has been a decade since William Grant & Sons established a standalone distribution unit in India. You may ask what took the company so long - India, after all, has long been the world's largest whisk(e)y market by volume and Scotch giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard have been in-market much longer.... read more


"US craft distillers are saying their calls aren't being returned" - just-drinks speaks to Distilled Spirits Council CEO Chris Swonger - Part II

21 January 2020 | Olly Wehring

We have more from the Distilled Spirits Council! Following on from part one last week, the second part of our interview with DISCUS CEO Chris Swonger looks at the craft spirits segment in the US and updates us on what's keeping the trade association busy on the home front.... read more


"The Trump administration has been bold in addressing long-standing trade barriers" - just-drinks speaks to Distilled Spirits Council CEO Chris Swonger - Part I

16 January 2020 | Olly Wehring

Spirits producers in the US had plenty to worry about last year, and 2020 shows little sign of respite. Late last week, just-drinks spoke to Chris Swonger, the CEO of trade association the Distilled Spirits Council of the US. In this, the first in an exclusive, two-part interview, Swonger, who assumed the role in late-2018, leads us through the twists and turns of tariffs and trade talks in recent months.... read more


"Consumers are not stupid - they're the trendsetters" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo's chief digital officer, Ben Sutherland - Part II

13 December 2019 | Olly Wehring

Olly Wehring speaks to Diageo's chief digital officer, Ben Sutherland. Here, in the second part of an exclusive two-part interview, Sutherland talks about breaking through to 'dark social', the power of imfluencers and the lack of a digital rule book for beverage.... read more


"The shift we're seeing is towards more personal and private social networks" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo's chief digital officer, Ben Sutherland - Part I

10 December 2019 | Olly Wehring

Earlier this year, just-drinks published its latest issue of FUTURES, a series of reports that consider the longer-term future. The report, 'Over the Influence? The future of social media' is available to download free of charge here. For the report, editor Olly Wehring spoke to Diageo's chief digital officer, Ben Sutherland. Here, in an exclusive two-part interview, Sutherland tells us what he does, how he does it and why it's the shape of things to come.... read more


"It's still really hard for black and brown entrepreneurs to raise capital in CBD" - Tanisha Robinson, CEO of CBD beverage company W*nder

6 November 2019 | Thandie Sibanda

Earlier this year, Tanisha Robinson quit her role as chief disruption officer at Scottish craft brewer BrewDog to create her own CBD-infused drinks brand. W*nder (pronounced 'wonder') is a CSD that contains vitamins and CBD to provide energy, focus and a "better life balance". Robinson credits herself as a black female CEO that has tapped into an industry that other ethnic minorities may never gain access to. This week, just-drinks spoke to Robinson to learn how her previous employment experiences have influenced her start-up and what the future holds for her CBD drinks brand ahead of next year's launch.... read more


"In the future, all of our products should be in paper packaging" - Louise Werner, director of future packaging at Pernod Ricard’s The Absolut Co

28 October 2019 | Andy Morton

Pernod Ricard's Absolut vodka division has joined a group of companies including Carlsberg and The Coca-Cola Co to develop paper packaging robust enough to hold beverages. The companies have formed Paboco, a paper bottle company that has just released two prototypes. Earlier this month, just-drinks spoke to Absolut's Louise Werner, director for the future of packaging, to hear how paper bottles could save companies money and help achieve sustainability goals.... read more


"The Constellation deal helps to take my choke-chain off" - just-drinks speaks to Montanya Distillers CEO Karen Hoskin

21 October 2019 | Olly Wehring

Late last week, the co-founder & CEO of Montanya Distillers was in London for the city's annual Rum Week and Rumfest. Karen Hoskins found time to meet with just-drinks to look back at the history of the Colorado-based craft spirits company and to tell the story of Constellation Brand's stake purchase in July.... read more


"We are already producing Champagne in a climate that's different from our fathers'" - just-drinks speaks to the Comite Champagne

9 October 2019 | Andy Morton

The Champagne industry prides itself on being at the forefront of the climate change battle, producing in 2001 wine's first report on the effects a warming planet will have on growing and production. This week, Champagne's overseer, the Comité Champagne (CIVC), released its latest sustainability report, revealing that climate change is no longer a prospect on the horizon but is already having an effect on how Champagne is made. Earlier this week, just-drinks sat down with CIVC director of communications Thibaut Le Mailloux to talk about the threat of climate change and what needs to be done to protect Champagne.... read more


"Not being in the American whiskey category has been something we wanted to change" - just-drinks speaks to Pernod Ricard CFO Helene de Tissot - Part II

19 September 2019 | Olly Wehring

In the first part of our exclusive interview with Pernod Ricard CFO Hélène de Tissot, we learned more about her experiences in Asia and in M&A. Here, in part two, de Tissot discusses Kentucky Bourbon, Castle Brands, Chinese whiskey and Pernod's wine operations.... read more


"We're looking for brands that can bring new growth opportunities to the group" - just-drinks speaks to Pernod Ricard CFO Helene de Tissot - Part I

17 September 2019 | Olly Wehring

In late-August, Pernod Ricard reported its results for fiscal-2019, the 12 months to the end of June. Sales in the year rose by 6%, although the group's key US market came in flat. Earlier this month, just-drinks editor Olly Wehring sat down with CFO Hélène de Tissot in London, following the company's presentation on its most recent performance. In part one of this exclusive two-part interview, we look at de Tissot's experiences in Asia and in the M&A arena, and discuss some of the macro-economic challenges facing the likes of Pernod.... read more


"The world has changed dramatically" - just-drinks speaks to Distell Group CEO Richard Rushton about fiscal-2019

5 September 2019 | Olly Wehring

Late last week, South Africa's Distell Group reported a 9.4% lift in sales from the 12 months to the end of June. Following the results announcement, just-drinks caught up with the multi-category company's CEO, Richard Rushton.... read more


Pernod Ricard's Chinese malt whisky distillery - just-drinks speaks to China MD Jean-Etienne Gourgues and Asia marketing head Tracy Kwan

29 August 2019 | Andy Morton

Earlier today, Pernod Ricard unveiled plans to build a malt whisky distillery near Mount Emei, one of China's four sacred Buddhist peaks. The distillery is expected to start production in 2021, with the first product set to be released in 2023. just-drinks deputy editor Andy Morton spoke to Pernod's China MD, Jean-Etienne Gourgues, and Asia VP of marketing Tracy Kwan by phone from Emei to hear more about the project.... read more


"TWE could be an acquirer of other people's wine businesses" - just-drinks speaks to Treasury Wine Estates CEO Michael Clarke - Part II

16 August 2019 | Olly Wehring

In part II of an exclusive interview, Treasury Wine Estates CEO Michael Clarke talks to just-drinks editory Olly Wehring about his ambitions in the US, the company's pricing strategy and aborted plans to launch a 19 Crimes whiskey.... read more


"We want to be the number one importer of French wine into Asia" - just-drinks speaks to Treasury Wine Estates CEO Michael Clarke - Part I

16 August 2019 | Olly Wehring

Earlier this week, Treasury Wine Estates reported a healthy showing in the 12 months to the end of June, with group sales rising by 12% on the corresponding period a year earlier. just-drinks editor Olly Wehring caught up with group CEO Michael Clarke in a very early-morning call to Australia ... read more


Blockchain in drinks traceability and beyond - Interview

14 August 2019 | Rosie Lintott at GlobalData

At the start of this year, labelling manufacturer Avery Dennison announced a collaboration with technology start-up Everledger to develop a blockchain-based labelling offering that would allow wine bottles to be tracked using near-field communication technology. GlobalData's Rosie Lintott spoke to Julie Vargas, director of Avery Dennison's global market development for radio frequency identification (RFID) in the food and drink sector, about the project and to find out more about blockchain's broader industry applications.... read more


"The US is the one market where we've not seen gin's momentum develop" - Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes talks to just-drinks

25 July 2019 | Olly Wehring

Earlier today, Diageo announced its results for the 12 months to the end of June, with mid-single-digit sales increases fast becoming the norm. just-drinks editor Olly Wehring spoke to group CEO Ivan Menezes about the latest figures.... read more


"Taking pricing on your core trademarks is part of the premiumisation journey" - just-drinks meets Beam Suntory CEO Albert Baladi - Part II

11 July 2019 | Olly Wehring

In the first part of our interview with Beam Suntory's CEO, which was published earlier this week, Albert Baladi talked broadly about the group, its strategy going forward and how Beam intends to grow. Here, in part two, we look at the company's portfolio and the positioning of and prospects for its major brands.... read more


"We need to pick our battles and identify where we want to grow on a scale basis"- just-drinks meets Beam Suntory CEO Albert Baladi - Part I

9 July 2019 | Olly Wehring

Late last month, just-drinks editor Olly Wehring met up with Beam Suntory's CEO, Albert Baladi. In this, the first of a two-part interview running this week, Baladi discusses what he found when he took the helm at the spirits group earlier this year, and how Beam intends to spend its money to get where it wants to be.... read more


"We're putting our money where our mouth is" - Halewood Wines & Spirits jumps into CBD with hemp rum - Focus

5 July 2019 | Andy Morton

At a London cocktail trade show in London earlier this week, the Dead Man's Fingers stall was causing a bottleneck. Bartenders and other interested parties blocked the aisles to get a taste of the spiced rum brand's newest innovation, a hemp-flavoured spirit infused with CBD. The ingredient, mainly extracted from hemp but also present in cannabis, is already a big noise in the soft drinks scene. But, London's cocktail cognoscenti haven't seen anything like this before. ... read more


"The craft beer buying spree created some confusion in the marketplace" - just-drinks speaks to Paul Gatza, Brewers Association senior VP of professional brewing

5 June 2019 | Ben Cooper

In an increasingly-competitive beer market, craft brewers to be underselling their sustainability credentials. Paul Gatza, senior VP of the professional brewing division at the Brewers Association, speaks with Ben Cooper about what sets craft brewers apart and why they seem not to be taking full advantage of some natural strengths. ... read more


"There's been a big consumer shift in drinks" - just-drinks speaks to Distill Ventures CEO Frank Lampen

23 May 2019 | Olly Wehring

Since coming into being almost six years ago, Distill Ventures has continued to make headlines in the drinks industry. The Diageo-backed incubation project may be best-known for investing in Seedlip, the non-alcoholic spirits brand. The biggest break, however, came late last year, when Diageo brought Belsazr Vermouth on to its books after the German brand was backed by DV in 2014. Earlier this month, Olly Wehring sat down with co-founder & CEO Frank Lampen to find out more about Distill Ventures and its relationship with thelargest premium spirits company in the world.... read more


"If the domestic retailers had our growth, they would be singing and dancing" - just-drinks speaks to ex-TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen

13 May 2019 | Andy Morton

Prior to the TFWA Asia-Pacific exhibition, which kicks off in Singapore this week, just-drinks news & insights editor Andy Morton met Erik Juul-Mortensen, the former head of TFWA. The interview, which took place just before Juul-Mortensen left the association late last year, covers the Global Travel Retail expert's parting thoughts on the industry, including the challenges the sector faces from falling footfall and margin pressures, as well as the threat - and opportunity - of digital.... read more


"Our strategy is to double the top and halve the bottom" - Interview, Kay Nash, MD of Distell's Libertas Vineyards & Estates

3 April 2019 | Andy Morton

It's been less than three months since Kay Nash was unveiled as the head of South African multi-category drinks group Distell's new premium wine unit, called Libertas Vineyards & Estates. However, the management consultant and self-described "fixer" has been working for the company since the start of the last year, seeding the ground for one of Distell's most ambitious projects to date.... read more


"Irish whiskey and gin can't rest on their laurels" - Interview, Shane Hoyne, CMO, Quintessential Brands

12 March 2019 | Lucy Britner

Last month, 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, just-drinks deputy editor Lucy Britner 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.... read more


"Africa is Asia in 15 to 20 years from today" - just-drinks speaks to Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard

19 February 2019 | Olly Wehring

Earlier this month, Pernod Ricard released its results for the second half of 2018. The group posted a 7.8% increase in sales from the six months to the end of December, with the top-line rising by 5.6% in the last quarter. Last week, just-drinks spoke to group CEO Alex Ricard in London, following a presentation to UK media about Pernod's half-year performance.... read more


"We've still got a job to do" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes

1 February 2019 | Olly Wehring

Earlier this week, Diageo released its results for the second half of 2018. The group posted a 7.5% increase in sales from the six months to the end of December. Late yesterday, just-drinks spoke to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes as he travelled between media interviews in London.... read more


"The need to open a bottle 'just to be seen' is going away" - just-drinks meets Piper-Heidsieck Champagne's global executive director, Benoit Collard

7 January 2019 | Lucy Britner

Late last year, Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck released two expressions under its prestige cuvée brand, Rare. A bottle of Rare Le Secret High Jewellery, which costs around US$150,000, features a precious stone embedded "in the heart of interwoven bands of gold set with 510 diamonds". It was released in partnership with jeweller Mellerio. The second expression, Le Secret Goldsmith, is limited to 1,000 magnums and carries an RRP of around $1,650. Shortly after the launch, just-drinks sat down with Benoit Collard, global executive director for Piper-Heidsieck, to talk about prestige cuvée consumers and what the future holds for Piper-Heidsieck.  ... read more


"It was a lot harder without the power of Diageo behind me" - Ami-Lynn Bakshi, co-founder of Cafe Agave & former Diageo executive

4 January 2019 | Andy Morton

Last year, Ami-Lynn Bakshi launched one of the first alcoholic cold-brew coffee RTDs in the US, the 12.5%-abv Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew. Before helping to pioneer the hard coffee category, she spent 20 years working for Diageo in a number of roles around the world, including North American innovations head and American whiskey marketing director. Here, Bakshi tells just-drinks what she learned from her time with the spirits multinational and how those lessons are informing her new career as a beverage entrepreneur.... read more


"We've got to be a little different and break some of the moulds" - just-drinks meets Distell CEO Richard Rushton - Part II

4 January 2019 | Olly Wehring

Late last year, just-drinks spoke to Richard Rushton, CEO of Distell, in London. In part two of our exclusive interview, Rushton tells us about the group's plans outside of Africa and how Distell aims to become a larger player internationally, while also riding the wave in markets closer to home.... read more


"The mainstream part of our wine portfolio is incredibly important for Africa" - just-drinks meets Distell CEO Richard Rushton - Part I

3 January 2019 | Olly Wehring

In late-November, just-drinks met up with the CEO of Distell at the IWSC awards dinner in London. As guests filed into the banqueting hall, Richard Rushton took a pre-meal grilling from editor Olly Wehring. In part one of this exclusive, two-part interview, we consider Distell's place in the drinks industry, the group's over-reliance on South Africa and its aspirations for Africa and beyond.... read more


"The future isn't to get concerned about monolithic brands like Bacardi and Smirnoff, but to encourage and focus on the innovators" - Interview - Amber Beverage Group CEO Seymour Ferreira

30 October 2018 | Andy Morton

Amber Beverage Group is a good example of a mid-tier alcohol company. Part of the SPI Group, the company employs around 2,000 across its production sites in the Baltics, Russia, Mexico and the UK. It also distributes global brands including its own Riga Black Balsam and Moskovskaya vodkas across the world. According to CEO Seymour Ferreira, Amber prides itself on having global reach while remaining small enough to be as agile as a start-up. Earlier this month, just-drinks sat down with Ferreira to talk about how to compete with the giants of the industry, the difficulties of finding good distributors and why cannabis and low-alcohol offer attractive growth for the future.... read more


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