The top ten most read stories on just-drinks in the last week.

Rémy Cointreau teams up with William Grant

UK: Rémy Cointreau, William Grant & Sons agree distribution deal

Rémy Cointreau will begin a distribution deal with William Grant & Sons subsidiary, First Drinks Brands, in the UK, once the French group has left Maxxium.

A closer look at Russian Standard vodka

Spotlight - The future for Russian Standard

Russian Standard has plans to overtake Absolut this year in the UK premium vodka market. We took a look at the group on a recent press trip.

Lehman Brothers collapse

US: Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy

America's fourth largest investment bank went under in one of the worst weeks for western financial markets since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Constellation Brands targets Russia

RUSSIA: Constellation to double wine sales in Russia

Constellation Europe's general manager, Michel Troutoud, spoke to just-drinks about the wine company's expansion in Russia.

MillerCoors hits problems with Sparks drink

US: States tell MillerCoors to ditch Sparks drinks

A Coalition of US states has urged MillerCoors not to launch an extension of its Sparks drink, claiming its caffeine and alcohol combination is "dangerous" for young people.

EU faces fresh WTO with India over spirits

EU: Officials eye WTO action against India spirits tariffs

EU frustration at India's wine and spirit import tariffs is set to boil over into fresh action at the World Trade Organisation.

Pernod Ricard issues economy warning

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard warns over weak economy

Pernod Ricard has admitted for the first time this year that a "severe" financial downturn will damage profit growth over the next 12 months.

Alcoholic drinks will survive recession

US: Alcohol not hit by recession - research

Alcoholic drinks are relatively recession-proof, says new research from Mintel.

Boisset Beaujolais to come in plastic bottles

FRANCE: Boisset to export beaujolais Nouveau in PET

Boisset plans to export its forthcoming Beaujolais Nouveau in PET bottles, in a move it says will reduce carbon emissions.

Heineken pushes up beer prices

IRELAND: Heineken raises beer prices

Heineken Ireland has decided to increase its beer prices, in order to swallow soaring input costs.