With the end of the year looming, just-drinks is running a series of 'Top Tens of the Year' in the run-up to Christmas.

Today, it's the Top Ten Most Read News Stories of 2009.

10: FRANCE/ITALY: Pernod Ricard sells Tia Maria to Illva Saronno
27 July 2009
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Pernod Ricard has continued its divestment programme with the Pernod Ricard has continued its divestment programme with the sell-off of its Tia Maria coffee liqueur brand to Illva Saronno.

9: US: Constellation Brands offloads value spirits business
12 January 2009
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Constellation Brands has lined up the sale of most of its spirits business, which consists of over 40 different brands, to Sazerac Company.

8: UK: Innocent Drinks bunks up with Coca-Cola Co.
6 April 2009
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The Coca-Cola Co. has secured a minority stake in UK smoothie company Innocent Drinks.

7: AUS: Foster's to keep wine business, streamline operations
17 February 2009
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Foster's has said that it intends to keep its struggling wine business, but will separate its wine and beer divisions and dispose of more than 30 "non-core" vineyards, as well as 37 brands.

6: INDIA: Diageo, United Spirits talks conclude
25 August 2009
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The long-running discussions between Diageo and United Spirits over a possible stake purchase have collapsed, with Diageo walking away from the table.

5: CHINA: Coca-Cola Co. Huiyuan buy gets authorities' cold shoulder
18 March 2009
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The Coca-Cola Co. has seen its bid to buy China's Huiyuan Juice Group turned down by the country's Ministry of Commerce.

4: US: PepsiCo seals deal to buy bottlers
4 August 2009
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PepsiCo has reached a deal to buy out its major bottlers, PepsiAmericas and Pepsi Bottling Group, after raising its offer to US$7.8bn.

3: BELGIUM: Anheuser-Busch InBev agrees Oriental Brewery sale to KKR
7 May 2009
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Anheuser-Busch InBev has finally confirmed that it will sell its South Korean brewing operations to private equity group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) & Co.

2: MEXICO: FEMSA confirms beer unit "opportunities" talks
2 October 2009
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Fomento Economico Mexicano has confirmed that it is in discussions to "explore opportunities" involving its beer business.

1: UK: Diageo to cut jobs, close sites in Scotland
1 July 2009
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Diageo is to cut more than 10% of its workforce in Scotland as part of a restructuring of its operations in the country.