Mar 9 2014
Drinks Industry Ireland
Irish Wine Association Chairman Michael Foley -- chasing the 'draconian'
Michael Foley, Chairman of the Irish Wine Association, seems to have a battle on his hands to get the Government to look before they leap up the excise on wine. With the recent Budget, another round has just been lost but he’s not giving up yet. He tells Pat Nolan why.
“We must move with the trends - but let’s not loose sight of what the Irish pub is” -- LVA Chairman Tom O’Brien
Positivity pervades LVA Chairman Tom O’Brien’s outlook on the licensed trade. Well, it’s a very positive business to be in, he says, “Food is now a substantial and growing part of it and is here for the long haul. Publicans need to think outside the box in developing their food offer and staff knowledge -- and training is critical to this,” he tells Pat Nolan.
Seeking a path -- ABFI’s Kathryn D’Arcy
The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland has a new Director in Kathryn D’Arcy, a food scientist by degree and a seasoned veteran of corporate challenge. Pat Nolan spoke to her.
John O’Mahony on sporting sponsorship
In his role as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transport & Communications, John O’Mahony published the Report on Sponsorship of Sports by the Alcohol Drinks Industry. He reflects on his time spent compiling that report to Pat Nolan.
James Mortimer on Glasgow’s Licensed trade
Lynnet Leisure Group’s Captain talks with Pat Nolan
about licensed trade life in Glasgow.
Heineknen’s David Forde -- moving on by moving back
The Chief Executive of Heineken Ireland has taken his leave to head up a greatly expanded Heineken UK. David Forde spoke to Pat Nolan about his time here.
VFI President Gerry Rafter -- something to shout about
Pat Nolan talks to the VFI President who’s half-way through his period in office.
Peter O’Brien - advocate for vibrancy
The new Chairman of the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland wears another hat -- as Corporate Relations Director for Diageo Western Europe, a division headed up by former Diageo Ireland MD John Kennedy. Pat Nolan spoke to him about leading the DIGI in today’s climate.
The many off-trades of Charley Stoney
Having been an active observer of the off-trade through her company’s work with suppliers and symbol groups down through the years, FMI’s Managing Director Charley Stoney makes the interesting observation that many in the on-trade (and quite a few in the off-trade) don’t realise the complexity of this particular drinks sales channel. She explains the lie of the off-trade land from her unique perspective to Pat Nolan.
ISME’s Mark Fielding --heading up “a very broad church”
Publicans, hoteliers and off-licensees figure among the memberhip of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association. Pat Nolan talked to its Chief Executive Mark Fielding about the challenges for ISME and its members in today’s hard-pressed economy.
Niall Collins – looking forward (not back)
Pat Nolan speaks to Fianna Fail’s Spokesman on Justice Niall Collins.
Bill Wolsey’s Beannchor Ltd owns some 40 bars in Northern Ireland – many of them well-known – which together with three hotels (including the Merchant Hotel in Belfast) and the Little Wing pizzeria chain makes Beannchor Ireland’s largest hospitality company. Pat Nolan spoke to Bill about his successful take on the pub sector.
Barney McGill - 'heir to the overdraft'
Sine he started working in Dublin's Harcourt Hotel at 15, a lot has changed for Barney McGill, just as it has for the nightclub industry.
David Madigan - seeking to re-engage with the consumer
David Madigan takes on Chairmanship of the LVA at what he agrees are difficult times for the trade but points out that the role of Chairman remains the same as it's ever been - to represent members in the best way he possibly can. He talks to Pat Nolan.
James Woods -- Liquor Licensing guru
James Woods has written what many regard as the Liquor Licensing Law bible in Ireland. Now in its fourth edition, his Guide has been studied and leafed through by all seeking a definitive answer to the more arcane aspects of our licensing laws. Pat Nolan spoke with the former civil servant, now retired.
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