The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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


UK: Blavod Wines & Spirits faces Cockspur rum dispute

Blavod Wines & Spirits could lose its distribution rights to Cockspur rum in the UK due to a dispute with the brand's suppliers.


AUS: Foster's Group, Asahi Breweries extend deal

Foster's Group's Australian beer arm, Carlton & United Breweries, has signed a fresh long-term deal to sell Asahi Super Dry lager in the country.


VIETNAM: PepsiCo expansion takes spend to $400m in five years

US food and drinks giant PepsiCo said its latest investment in Vietnam will take its planned expenditure in the country to $400m between 2008 and 2013.


DENMARK: Carlsberg doubles full-year profits guidance on H1 rise

Carlsberg has doubled its full-year earnings guidance after reporting a leap in net profits in the first half of 2010, despite difficult conditions in several of the brewer's major beer markets.


RUSSIA: Moscow shortens selling hours for spirits - report

Authorities in Moscow have announced further restrictions on retail sales of spirits as part of the Russian Government's crackdown on alcohol misuse, according to a report.


SA: WoSA chief tempers EU wine contravention reports

The CEO of trade body Wines of South Africa has suggested a “reality check” following reports that the country's wine producers may flout EU production regulations.


CHINA: Asahi Breweries to tighten Tsingtao Brewery ties

Asahi Breweries is keen to expand its partnerhsip with Tsingtao Brewery as the Japanese beer giant looks to China to help it reduce reliance on a stagnant domestic market.


GHANA: SABMiller eyes full control of Accra Brewery

SABMiller will seek to unsettle the dominance of Diageo and Heineken in Ghana by taking full control of its Accra Brewery Ltd subsidiary in the African country.

SUDAN: SABMiller to double beer capacity

SABMiller will double beer production and increase soft drinks capacity by more than five times at its brewery in Southern Sudan in order to build on early sales momentum in the province.

US: Coca-Cola Co unveils post-CCE deal leadership

The Coca-Cola Co has filled key leadership roles for its new-look operations following the firm's pending takeover of the North American bottling operations of Coca-Cola Enterprises, just-drinks can confirm.