Scroll down to view 10 of the top stories published on just-drinks this week.

UB Group, Diageo

INDA: UB Group confirms exclusive talks with Diageo

United Spirits, part of Vijay Mallya's UB Group, has confirmed that it is in exclusive talks with Diageo over a possible partnership in India.

Beck's, InBev

BELGIUM: Beck's named as possible InBev disposal

InBev may look to sell its Beck's beer brand as part of disposals following the brewer's takeover of Anheuser-Busch.

Laurent-Perrier Champagne

FRANCE: Champagne slowdown hits Laurent-Perrier H1

Champagne house Laurent-Perrier has seen revenue fall by more than a quarter in its first half, due to slowing demand and a group reorganisation.

Tsingtao Brewery, Yantai, Asahi

CHINA: Tsingtao Brewery takes stake in Yantai, Asahi brewery

Tsingtao Brewery has bought a 39% stake in the joint venture owned by fellow Chinese brewer Yantai and Japanese brewer Asahi.

Minimum drinks prices

UK: MPs call for minimum alcoholic drinks prices, promotions ban

Minimum prices for alcohol, an end to promotions in bars and a new mandatory code of practice are three main pillars of a new Parliamentary report examining alcohol-related harm in the UK.


AUS: Foster's MD Odell departs

Foster's, the beer and wine group at the centre of takeover speculation, has announced the departure of Jamie Odell, managing director for its Australia, Asia and Pacific business.

Diageo, Scotch whisky

CANADA: Diageo pulls Scotch whisky brands

Diageo has decided not to replenish stocks of three Scotch whisky brands in Canada, because it believes the products would be better-placed elsewhere.

United Spirits, Vijay Mallya

The just-drinks interview - Vijay Mallya, part 1

In the first instalment of this special two-part just-drinks interview, Olly Wehring asks Mallya about travel retail and his plans for Scotch whisky firm Whyte & Mackay which UB acquired last year.

Fairtrade wine

UK: Fairtrade wine sales leap

Sales of Fairtrade certified wine are set to rise 46% in the UK this year, the Fairtrade Foundation has predicted.

Coca-Cola, Abbey Well

UK: Coca-Cola GB to buy Abbey Well water

Coca-Cola Great Britain has announced its intention to buy Waters & Robson Holdings, owner of the Abbey Well mineral water brand.