The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

FRANCE: Belvedere losses sink deeper in '09

Troubled French drinks group Belvédère has seen net losses for 2009 plunge to EUR177.6m (US$234m).

Research - UK drinkers trade up when out, trade down when home

UK drinkers are drinking less of their preferred brands in the country's on-trade, looking to trade down only at home, according to recent research.

Focus - Molson Coors steps into China

The head of Molson Coors Brewing Co has said that a new joint-venture in China will not mark the beginning of a spending spree on emerging markets.

UK: William Grant &  Sons silent on distillery talk

William Grant & Sons has declined to comment on speculation that it may build a distillery for its newly- acquired Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey brand.

BELGIUM: Brazil boosts A-B InBev Q1 beer sales

Strong demand for beer in Brazil and price rises in other markets lifted Anheuser-Busch InBev beer sales in the first quarter of 2010.

UK: Diageo drinks sales rebound in Q3

Diageo has followed rival Pernod Ricard in reporting a rebound in drinks sales in its fiscal third quarter.

AUS: Foster's Group Aus beer share dips below 50%

Foster’s Group's share of the Australian beer market slipped below 50% for the first time during the first quarter of 2010, according to Neilsen figures.

AUS: William Grant & Sons to go it alone after Suntory tie-up

William Grant & Sons has decided to handle its own distribution in Australia.

Focus - Diageo adds to spirit of renewal

A rebound in third quarter sales from Diageo has increased the sense of renewal in the global spirits sector following a dismal 2009.

Focus - US: Legislation worries Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Pressure for legislation against soft drinks that have been blamed for adding to obesity problems in the US remains a major concern for Dr Pepper Snapple Group.