The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

GLOBAL: Malted barley harvest set fair for Carlsberg, Heineken - analyst

A forecast fall in malted barley prices would benefit brewers such as Carlsberg and Heineken, due to their large exposure to Western Europe, according to a drinks analyst.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Anheuser-Busch InBev teams with León Jimenes, buys out Heineken

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it will spend US$1.24bn to combine its Dominican Republic operations with those of Grupo León Jimenes, the majority owner of Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana (CND).

GLOBAL: Tequila sales hit record high - research

Tequila sales hit a record high in 2010, with global shipments rising by 4.8% to 23.87m from 22.77m cases in 2009.

just On Call - China slowdown won't hamper expansion, says Coca-Cola CEO

The head of Coca-Cola Co has said that the company will continue to expand in Asia, despite conceding that China is suffering from a slowdown.

just On Call - Carlsberg "not behaving like market leader" in Russia - Heineken

The CFO of Heineken has taken another pot-shot at rival Carlsberg, claiming the Denmark-based brewer is not behaving like a market leader in the Russian beer market.

DENMARK: Carlsberg defends Heineken Russian price rise attack

Carlsberg has refused to be drawn on criticism from Heineken over the implementation of price increases on beer in Russia.

FRANCE: Champagne, Cognac both strong in LVMH Q1

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has posted a healthy leap in sales for the first three months of 2012.

GLOBAL: Coca-Cola Co lines up tie-in with Spotify

The Coca-Cola Co is set to use technology from Spotify on its Facebook page and in its online ad campaigns.

UK: SABMiller Australian struggles will take time - analyst

SABMiller is going to need time to turn around the recently-acquired Foster's Group brewing unit in Australia, according to an analyst.

UK: Drinkaware chief executive resigns

The head of Drinkaware, the UK alcohol education charity, has announced his intention to stand down.