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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

Coca-Cola is giving territory back to its bottlersUS: Coca-Cola Co strikes Knoxville deal with Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated 1 September 2014

The Coca-Cola Co has agreed to hand over more Tennessee bottler territory to Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated (CCBCC) as part of a plan to expand its franchises' footprints.

Heineken acquired Empaque in 2010MEXICO: Heineken agrees Empaque sale to Crown Holdings 1 September 2014

Heineken is to sell its Mexican packaging business Empaque to Crown Holdings, in a deal valued at US$1.23bn.

TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo takes Beckham Scotch Haig Club to Singapore 1 September 2014

Diageo's single grain Scotch whisky Haig Club has debuted in Travel Retail with a marketing campaign at Singapore's Changi Airport.

Jameson has seen sales and volumes growUS: Pernod Ricard's Chivas Regal sales dip in US off-trade - figures 1 September 2014

Pernod Ricard has seen Chivas Regal sales in the US off-trade fall, but its Irish whiskey brand Jameson continues its strong growth, according to latest quarterly figures.

Product Launch - AUS: Abro's Rekorderlig Pomegranate Cider 1 September 2014

Swedish cider maker Abro has launched a pomegranate extension of its Rekorderlig cider brand in Australia.

Avalon GroupProduct Launch - GLOBAL: Avalon Group's The Wild Geese Rum Collection 29 August 2014

Avalon Group has launched a collection of aged Caribbean rums to guard against a stock shortfall for its Irish whiskey portfolio.

McQuaid will take over as CMO next yearFRANCE: Pernod Ricard set for CMO switch 29 August 2014

Pernod Ricard is to replace its CMO next year with the current head of its South Africa unit.

Coca-Cola agreed to the settlement earlier this monthUS: Coca-Cola Co settles Vitaminwater lawsuit 29 August 2014

The Coca-Cola Co has settled a class action lawsuit on its Vitaminwater brand in the US, claiming it “made no sense” to extend the legal fight.

SABMiller started selling its Tsogo Sun shares last monthS AFRICA: SABMiller completes US$1bn Tsogo Sun share sale 29 August 2014

SABMiller has upped its earnings from the sale of its Tsogo Sun Holdings shares to ZAR10.6bn (US$1bn) after divesting the last of its interest.

Jack DanielAnalysis - Brown-Forman's whiskey success adds to Southern Comfort's woes 28 August 2014

Speaking after the release of Brown-Forman's first-quarter results yesterday, CEO Paul Varga was typically upbeat over the performance of fledgling flavoured whiskey Tennessee Fire.

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