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

Diageo's new US president

US: Diageo appoints US president in re-shuffle

Global beverage giant Diageo has appointed a new US president, as part of several changes to its executive committee.

InBev shareholders move on Anheuser-Busch bid

BELGIUM: InBev shareholders back Anheuser-Busch buyout

InBev shareholders have voted to approve the brewer's US$52bn takeover of US beer giant Anheuser-Busch.

Boisset loses spirits

FRANCE: Boisset to sell spirits business to La Martiniquaise

Burgundy-based drinks group Boisset is selling its spirits branch to French counterpart La Martiniquaise, for an undisclosed sum.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group begins listing

US: Dr Pepper Snapple listed on S&P 500

Soft drinks group Dr Pepper Snapple will be listed on the respected Standard & Poor's 500 index, in place of chewing gum giant Wrigley.

Fortune Brands switches head

US: Carbonari to become Fortune Brands chairman

Fortune Brands chairman Norm Wesley has announced his retirement, with current president and CEO Bruce Carbonari set to replace him.

Fortune completes rum buy

US: Fortune Brands seals Cruzan rum deal

Fortune Brands has completed its deal to buy Cruzan rum from Pernod Ricard, as the French wine and spirits giant officially exits the Maxxium venture.

Constellation head warns of "bloody" Christmas

UK: A "bloody" Christmas in UK - Constellation Europe CEO

The CEO of Constellation Europe has warned that the alcoholic drinks market is facing a "bloody" Christmas in the UK.

Danone mulling Frucor bidders?

AUS: Danone prepares Frucor sale - report

French food and drink giant Groupe Danone has drawn up a short list of possible buyers for its Frucor Beverages business in Australia and New Zealand, according to a report.

Beam Global, Edrington alliance takes shape

UK: Beam Global, Edrington begin alliance ball rolling in UK

The Edrington Group and Beam Global Spirits & Wine have confirmed details of their new alliance in the UK.

InBev Q3 trading update

BELGIUM: InBev Q3 volumes to rise, profits to contract - forecast

InBev has warned that it expects the "slight contraction" in its EBITDA margin experienced in the first half of this year to continue into its third quarter.