The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has agreed to sell its Lucozade and Ribena brands to Suntory Beverage & Food for GBP1.35bn (US$2.11bn).

SABMiller has appointed a new president of its Colombian brewing subsidiary, Bavaria.

Irish whiskey producer The Irishman Brands has declined to comment on reports that it is in talks to sell a minority stake to Italian drinks firm Illva Saronno to help fund its expansion.

Diageo has confirmed a change of global brand director for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

The Coca-Cola Co's Japanese unit has claimed to have invented the hot carbonated beverage category with the launch of Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale.
Irish whiskey can become 10% of global whisk(e)y category sales helped by drinks firms' renewed interest in the sub-sector, according to the head of Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers unit.
Gruppo Campari has raised the curtain on a new US$43m packaging facility at its Wild Turkey distillery in the US to meet growing global demand for its spirit brands.
Bacardi-Martini France has taken over distribution of Patrón Spirits' Tequila, liqueur, and vodka portfolio in the country.
Altia is seeking to relocate its wine production from Denmark to Finland after demand in northern Europe failed to meet the company's expectations.
Construction of the Tullamore D.E.W. distillery in its namesake town in Ireland continues apace, with the William Grant & Sons-owned brand getting official recognition for the building work this week.