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Andy Morton

Andy MortonBiography

Andy Morton started out in journalism in Glasgow, where he wrestled in mashed potato and wrote about Highland cows.

Tiring of the high-brow, he travelled the world working as an itinerant sub-editor in cities including Taipei, Sydney and Shanghai. While in Hanoi, he brought to the world's attention the Scottish-Vietnamese fusion dish dog haggis.

He is now back in the UK with just-drinks after four years in Chengdu, China.

Articles by Andy Morton

A-B InBev released its H1 results todayjust On Call - Anheuser-Busch InBev head seeks Rita balance for Budweiser 31 July 2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev's CEO has said Budweiser's market share in the US “remains an issue” but that the Rita extensions can balance the brand's portfolio.

Budweiser was the sole alcohol sponsor of the World CupFocus - Anheuser-Busch InBev's Q2 & H1 Performance by Region 31 July 2014

Today, Anheuser-Busch InBev reported a rise in first-half group sales and net profits. Here just-drinks takes a look at the brewer's performance in its global markets:

A-B InBev saw volumes rise in BrazilBELGIUM: Anheuser-Busch InBev H1 profits, sales up after Grupo Modelo takeover 31 July 2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Grupo Modelo takeover has helped increase first-half sales and profits, while the World Cup boosted volumes in Brazil.

Product Launch - US: Anheuser-Busch InBev's Bud Light Apple-Ahhh-Rita 31 July 2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched a new extension in its high-abv, flavoured beer Rita portfolio.

FRANCE: Remy Cointreau names liqueurs & spirits CEO 31 July 2014

Remy Cointreau has appointed a new head of its liqueurs & spirits division as it targets growth outside its core Remy Martin Cognac brand.

Product Launch - US: MillerCoors' Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale 31 July 2014

MillerCoors unit Blue Moon Brewing Company has launched a cinnamon-flavoured beer inspired by the traditional Latin American drink horchata.

C&C started sponsoring Celtic through its Magners brand last yearComment - Will Celtic Cider Ban Strip Shirt From C&C Group's Back? 30 July 2014

It's only been a matter of weeks since the FIFA World Cup ended, but already it seems that the goals, the glories and the glut of tournament-themed advertising are fading in the memory.

IRELAND/POLAND: C&C Group attacks Polish ad law as Magners faces shirt ban 30 July 2014

C&C Group has branded as “discriminatory” a Polish law that bans cider sponsorship at sports events but not beer.

INDIA: ITC to expand from cigarettes to beverage sector 30 July 2014

Indian cigarette maker ITC is to enter the beverage market with a range of fruit juices and dairy drinks.

UK: Mast-Jägermeister sees TV ad banned 30 July 2014

The UK's advertising authorities have black-balled a TV ad for Mast-Jägermeister's namesake brand after they ruled it associated drinking alcohol with daring behaviour.

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