The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

Heineken has rebranded to put distance between its corporate logo and that of its namesake beer brand.

Ex-Diageo executive Simon Litherland is to join Britvic in the newly-created role of UK managing director.

The head of India's UB Group has suggested that the company would be “very interested” in teaming up with another drinks firm to make a move for Beam Inc at some point in the future.

Russian Standard has secured distribution of its namesake vodka brand in the UK through a partnership with Whyte & Mackay.

Diageo has announced a multi-million dollar marketing tie-up with Facebook, with a particular focus on emerging markets in South-East Asia and Brazil.

Coca-Cola FEMSA has said that it will acquire fellow Mexico-based Coca-Cola bottler Grupo CIMSA in a merger deal worth MXN11bn (US$834m).

William Grant & Sons has lined up a "multi-million" dollar repack and global advertising campaign for its Tullamore Dew brand.

SABMiller has agreed a deal to buy Foster's Group for AUD5.1 per share in cash, in a deal valuing the business at AUD12.3bn (US$12.6bn), including debt.

Diageo has confirmed to just-drinks that it intends to “wind down” its joint venture in India with Radico Khaitan.

The European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) have launched common self-regulatory standards governing the advertising of spirits through social networking sites, blogs and mobile apps, including user-generated material.