Aug 31 2014
Drinks Industry Ireland
Sky's Alison Dolan - facing the facts
For many pubs it has come down to the wire as to whether or not they can afford Sky. Following its latest 8% increase Pat Nolan talks to Alison Dolan, Deputy Managing Director of Sky Business.
John Nealon - seeking respect for the publican
John Nealon finds himself coming into the Licensed Vintners’ Association Chairmanship at a time when the licensed trade in Dublin city is performing relatively well, but big challenges remain. Oh - and he’s just about to oversee a complete strategic review of the Association…. He talks to Pat Nolan.
Noreen O’Sullivan – ‘Supporting local’ works both ways
Noreen O’Sullivan, the VFI’s new President, is the first woman to hold the post. She talks to Pat Nolan about the challenges ahead.
Peter Morehead & the new Irish Whiskey Association
Peter Morehead, Director of Production at Irish Distillers, is also Chairman of the newly-established Irish Whiskey Association. He explains the purpose and aims of this new association to Pat Nolan.
Consumer attitudes to the industry -- Amárach Consulting’s Gerard O’Neill
Gerard O’Neil, the Managing Director of Amárach Consulting has an impressive pedigree in gathering data on the drinks industry. Over the past few years he’s worked with Diageo and Heineken Ireland as well as with the LVA and VFI. We commissioned him to find out more about the present thinking of the consumer in relation to alcohol consumption, the pub, pub visits and alcohol sponsorship. Here, he talks over the findings with Drinks Industry Ireland's Pat Nolan.
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.
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