The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

Export sales of Scotch whisky by value edged up to a record high last year, despite a 5% drop in volumes, according to latest figures.

Shareholders of four Coca-Cola bottlers in Japan have approved a proposed merger of the groups.

Private equity group Exponent has declined to comment on reports that it is in talks to take control of Loch Lomond Distillery Company.

Diageo has unveiled plans to build a new GBP50m (US$75.5m) malt whisky distillery in the Highlands and boost the capacity of two other sites as part of its five-year investment programme in Scotch. 

Concha y Toro has posted a healthy rise in FY sales as exports made up for weak domestic demand.

Diageo's move to take control of The UB Group's United Spirits division remains on course, despite court approval for UB's creditors to sell off pledged shares in the unit, just-drinks understands.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is involved in a legal tussle with CVC Capital Partners over money the brewer claims it is owed from the private equity firm's sale of StarBev, it has emerged.

Beam Inc, Gruppo Campari, William Grant & Sons and ThaiBev have all been linked to Indian spirits producer John Distilleries, according to local reports.

PepsiCo has launched the latest global advertising campaign for its Pepsi CSD range, featuring US singer Beyonce Knowles.

Mast-Jägermeister has said Brown-Forman will take Jägermeister “to the next level” after the US firm replaced Suntory as the brand's distributor in Australia.