The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

TURKEY: Price rises boost Anadolu Efes sales

Price increases boosted sales for brewer and soft drinks maker Anadolu Efes in 2009.

US: Beam Global wins Maker's Mark lawsuit against Diageo

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has won a lawsuit against Diageo to protect the copyright of the red wax seal used on bottles of Maker's Mark Bourbon.

UK: Constellation Europe threatened with lawsuit

Constellation Brands' European unit has said it is “disappointed” that a marketing agency has threatened it with legal action in the UK.

US: Bacardi claims latest Havana Club round

Bacardi has claimed a legal victory in its long-running row with Pernod Ricard over the Havana Club trademark in the US.

UK: Cider tax rise dropped as election looms

A controversial 13% tax hike on cider is to be dropped from the UK Government's agenda due to a lack of Parliamentary time in the run-up to a General Election in the country.

US: Jones Soda Co changes CEO - again

Jones Soda Co has confirmed another change of CEO.

AUS: Constellation Brands, Australian Vintage end merger talks

Talks between Constellation Brands and Australian Vintage over a possible merger have closed, with the two firms deciding not to progress further.

JAPAN: Asahi Breweries to buy House Food water arm

The soft drinks unit of Asahi Breweries has reached an agreement to buy House Food Corp’s branded mineral water business for JPY5.3bn (US$56.9m).

US: Constellation Brands swings back to profit

Lower costs helped Constellation Brands to offset a fall in sales and swing back to the black in its fiscal full-year, the wine giant has announced.

INDIA: Carlsberg chills Anheuser-Busch InBev tie-up talk

Carlsberg has quelled speculation that it plans to work with Anheuser-Busch InBev in the fledgling Indian beer market.