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

UB Group & Diageo

FRANCE: UB Group chief quells Diageo partnership talk

The head of United Spirits' parent company has calmed speculation suggesting that the Indian company is in official talks with Diageo.

Spanish spirits research

SPAIN: Super premium spirits growth - research

Super premium spirits rose in Spain in 2007, despite an overall decline in the country's spirits consumption during the year, new research shows.

Beam Global rye whiskey launch

US: Beam Global launches rye whiskey brand

Beam Global Spirits & Wine is to launch an "ultra premium" rye whiskey across the US this month, devised to capture more of the premium cocktail market.

Tesco value wine range

UK: Tesco launches Value wine range

Retail giant Tesco is launching wines within its Value range in a bid to meet consumer needs in the current economic climate.

Pernod Ricard warning

FRANCE: Wine, spirits markets under pressure - Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard's managing director has warned that an economic slowdown across Western Europe has begun to take its toll on wine and spirits markets.

Foster's future

AUS: Foster's delays wine review

Foster's has extended a review to decide the future of its troubled Australian wine business.

Pernod Q3 sales

FRANCE: Absolut drives sales for Pernod Ricard in Q1

Pernod Ricard has posted a healthy lift in sales in its first quarter, driven by the acquisition of Vin & Sprit in the period.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Q3

US: Charges drag down Q3 profits for Coke Consolidated

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has seen a one-off pension-related payment help turn profit to loss in its third quarter.

Vina Concha y Toro Q3

CHILE: Vina Concha y Toro revenue, profit down in Q3

Chilean wine group Vina Concha y Toro has reported a 2.5% drop in revenue for its third quarter, reflecting lower sales on the domestic market and in the UK.

Southern Comfort advert banned

UK: Watchdog bans Brown-Forman Southern Comfort ad

A television advert for Southern Comfort has been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog for linking alcohol consumption to a successful evening.