The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

MEXICO/US: Arbitration panel rules in Grupo Modelo Anheuser-Busch InBev row

An arbitration panel looking into the row between Grupo Modelo and Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed the latter's position.

FRANCE: La Martiniquaise now sole candidate for Marie Brizard

Belvédère has entered into “exclusive negotiations” with COFEPP, the parent company of French group La Martiniquaise, for the sale of the majority of the assets of its Marie Brizard subsidiary.

AUSTRALIA: Cheap bulk wine drains Australia's value

Surplus Australian wine sold off for less than AUD1 (US$0.88) per litre has damaged the value of Australian wine exports over the past year.

UK: Morrison Bowmore toasts strong trading

Morrison Bowmore Distillers has said it is on course for a strong year after bucking a decline in the single malt Scotch whisky market in 2009.

TRAVEL RETAIL: Pernod Ricard readies Ballantine's update

The Scotch whisky arm of Pernod Ricard, Chivas Brothers, has lined up a packaging revamp for its Ballantine's blended Scotch whisky range.

INDIA: UB Group to brew Heineken

The UB Group is to brew the Heineken brand in India following the two firms' tie-up late last year.

UK: Government eyes 2011 for alcohol legislation

A ban on below-cost sales of alcohol and tougher licensing rules could become law by autumn 2011 at the latest, under plans set out by the UK's Coalition Government.

SOUTH AFRICA: World Cup set to save SABMiller unit's Q1 volumes

SABMiller sold more beer than it expected in South Africa during the FIFA World Cup, helping to offset difficult conditions for the brewer's local subsidiary in its first fiscal quarter.

US: Home drinking market soars - research

The value of off-trade alcohol sales in the US has risen by more than a fifth over the last five years, according to new research.

US: Diageo's North America CFO steps down

Diageo's chief financial officer in North America, Cathy Jessup, is to leave the drinks firm.