The most popular stories of the week on just-drinks

The most popular stories of the week on just-drinks

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

NETHERLANDS: Heineken begins share buybacks for FEMSA

Heineken has begun its share repurchase programme, announced as part of its acquisition of FEMSA Cerveza.

PUERTO RICO/US: Diageo silent over National Puerto Rican Day Parade pull-out

Diageo has declined to comment on the announcement that the National Puerto Rican Day Parade is “terminating” its relationship with the drinks giant over the Captain Morgan affair.

UK: E&J Gallo Winery forecasts tough 2010

E&J Gallo Winery will continue trimming back its range in the UK in 2010, as the trend for promotions and a "savage" tax on wine make the country a tough place to do business.

US: Reed's to acquire Jones Soda in merger deal

Reed's is to acquire fellow US-based soft drinks group Jones Soda in a share and cash merger deal.

Focus - Brown-Forman in distribution rethink

Brown-Forman is reassessing distribution arrangements for its wine and spirits brands in key markets.

UK: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Diageo to launch GBP4m campaign

Diageo and Coca-Cola Enterprises have announced plans to launch a GBP4m (US$6m) marketing campaign in the UK, focusing on cocktail culture among the growing number of home drinkers.

EUR: EU to enforce labelling for colourings

Soft drinks companies operating in the European Union are to be forced to flag up on the front of bottles the use of artificial colourings linked to hyperactivity in children, under new EU rules.

CHILE: Vina Concha y Toro back in business

Vina Concha y Toro has resumed wine production and distribution less than two weeks after a powerful earthquake struck the country and its wine industry.

UK: Minimum pricing will decimate Whyte & Mackay - CEO

The CEO of Whyte & Mackay has warned that the Scotch whisky group may "cease to exist" if Scotland's Government pushes ahead with plans to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks.

S AFRICA: KWV purchases Wild Africa Cream

KWV has acquired the Wild Africa Cream liqueur from Wild Cape Liqueurs in South Africa.