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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

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes will announce the group's full-year results tomorrowDiageo's Q4/FY 2016 results - Preview 27 July 2016

On Thursday (28 July), Diageo will report its full-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at how the group has fared in its fourth quarter, the three months to the end of June:

Corona is helping to fire Constellation Brands' share price in the USTime to take stock of Constellation Brands' Corona - Comment 27 July 2016

Constellation Brands is a firm favourite on Wall Street at the moment. The company's share price hasn't stopped rising since it took control of the Grupo Modelo brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev. Indeed, US$100 worth of stock bought in June 2012, when the deal was announced, is now worth just over $850.

Moet Hennessy outpaced growth in LVMH's other luxury goods unitsMoet Hennessy posts H1 bounce as Cognac volumes soar - results 27 July 2016

Cognac in the US helped drive strong sales and profits growth for LVMH's wines & spirits unit, Moet Hennessy, in the first half of the year.

Moet Hennessy signs up with Breakthru Beverage Group 27 July 2016

Moet Hennessy has renewed distribution contracts in five US markets with Charmer Sunbelt successor Breakthru Beverage Group.

The Jim Beam Citrus Highball Grapefruit was first unveiled in Japan last yearBeam Suntory expands Japanese highball RTD launch to Australia 27 July 2016

Beam Suntory's Australian unit is to launch a ready-to-drink Jim Beam highball that had been initially developed for the Japanese market.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is diversifying its beverage portfolio with more allied brands and partnershipsDr Pepper Snapple Group shrugs off CSD declines as H1 profits climb - results 27 July 2016

Declines in Dr Pepper Snapple Group's core CSD brands have failed to offset growth in the company's increasingly-diversified portfolio as first-half profits jumped.

The US craft beer scene continues to attract more entrantsUS craft beer hits "maturation" but growth lies ahead - Brewers Association 27 July 2016

The US craft beer industry has reached "maturation" but not "saturation" as high growth in the sector starts to slow, the country's Brewers Association has said.

AB InBev remains on course to take control of SABMillerAnheuser-Busch InBev raises SABMiller cash offer by GBP1 per share 26 July 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has upped its offer for SABMiller to GBP79bn (US$103bn) after investor pressure forced it to sweeten its terms. 

Doug Bagely, left, led Diageo's Travel Retail unit for three yearsDiageo names Dayalan Nayager new Travel Retail chief as Doug Bagley exits 26 July 2016

Diageo's head of Travel Retail, Doug Bagley, is to leave the company amid an overhaul of the unit.

Peet's Coffee's RTD Cold Brew rangePeet's Coffee's RTD Cold Brew - Product Launch 26 July 2016

California coffee company Peet's Coffee has launched a ready-to-drink range based on its cold brew offering.

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