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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

 Anheuser-Busch InBev has added Italian craft brewer Birra del Borgo to its portfolio"People are scared because Anheuser-Busch InBev is a giant" - Interview, Birra del Borgo founder Leonardo Di Vincenzo 5 May 2016

Last weekend, news broke of yet another craft brewery acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. This time, however, it was not in the US but in Italy.


Dogfish Head Brewery, Birra del Borgo part ways after Anheuser-Busch InBev deal  5 May 2016

Dogfish Head Brewery has cancelled a brewing partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev's new Italian craft brewer Birra del Borgo.


AG Barr's Funkin Pro Syrup Jalapeno and Smoke flavoursAG Barr's Funkin Pro Syrup Jalapeno and Smoke flavours - Product Launch 5 May 2016

AG Barr's cocktail syrup producer Funkin has launched two new flavours - Jalapeno and Smoke.


US whiskey was among the categories expected to growWhat do US wholesalers think of your spirits category? - Focus 4 May 2016

Morgan Stanley last week released a report based on a survey of US wholesalers that found increased confidence is the country's spirits market. The financial firm said the report, its first to directly survey wholesalers, is more forward-looking that traditional channel data and attempts to "identify key trends before they appear in Nielsen data and sell-side forecasts". The survey also quizzed wholesalers on future category performance. Here's a run-down of the key findings.


The Premier League is going for a Molson Coors moves in on Premier League as Carlsberg retreats 4 May 2016

Molson Coors's UK lager brand Carling is to replace Carlsberg as the official beer sponsor of the Premier League.


US spirits are expected to grow sales by 4.5% this yearUS wholesalers point to Absolut volumes drop - report 4 May 2016

US wholesalers have predicted volumes for Pernod Ricard's Absolut vodka will decline over the next six months, according to a new Morgan Stanley survey.


SABMiller's Coca-Cola Beverages Africa merger was first announced in November 2014SABMiller yields to SA regulators ahead of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa tribunal 4 May 2016

SABMiller has agreed a number of concessions with South African regulators as it continues to chase approval for its Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) merger.


Molson Coors released its Q1 results yesterdayMiller Lite to give Molson Coors "backbone" in global beer - CEO 4 May 2016

Molson Coors's CEO Mark Hunter has said that gaining full control of Miller Lite will offer a "great backbone" of international brands as he looks to scale up overseas operations.


Chapel Down increased sales and profits by more than one-third last year"People are asking, where have you been?" - Interview, Chapel Down MD Mark Harvey 3 May 2016

The London Wine Fair, which opens today, will host a growing contingent of English wine makers keen to grab a share of a category that according to government figures has doubled production in the past five years. Many of them will be aiming to emulate the success of Chapel Down that, with its stock-market listing and equally-booming brewing operation, sits at the top table of English wine's new breed. In recently-released 2015 results, the company grew both sales and profits by more than one-third. The company also raised GBP1.7m (US$2.5m) in a crowdfunding project to build a new brewery for its Curious Brew beer brand.


Sazerac is hoping to add Paddy to its Irish whiskey portfolioPernod Ricard in talks to sell Paddy Irish Whiskey to Sazerac 3 May 2016

Pernod Ricard is in exclusive talks with Sazerac over the sale of its Paddy Irish whiskey brand.


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