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

Beer consumption in the US

US: US beer consumption reverses decreases in 2007 - research

Per capita beer consumption in the US last year rose slightly, returning to the same level as 2002, according to recent research.

Pernod Ricard selling Tia Maria?

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard stays quiet on Tia Maria sale talk

Pernod Ricard has refused to be drawn on reports claiming that it is considering the sale of its coffee liqueur brand Tia Maria.

Rémy Cointreau H1 results

FRANCE: Price rises help lift profits at Rémy Cointreau in H1

Rémy Cointreau has posted a slight lift in operating profit for the first half of its fiscal year.

Diageo Captain Morgan addition in US

US: Diageo adds "spice" to Captain Morgan line

Diageo has rolled out a new blend of its Captain Morgan rum brand across the US.

Britvic FY results

UK: Britvic bucks downward trend with FY rises

Britvic has reported a healthy lift in its full-year operating profit on the back of a similar rise in sales.

Tiger Beer 'ladyboy' no-no

UK: Tiger Beer "ladyboy" ad banned

A poster advert for Asia Pacific Breweries' Tiger beer brand in the UK has been banned by the country's advertising watchdog following complaints of it being "disrespectful to Eastern culture".

Diageo, Sapporo and Kirin in Japan

JAPAN: Diageo drops Sapporo for Kirin as Japanese importer

Diageo has confirmed that it is switching importers for its Guinness, Kilkenny and Smirnoff Ice brands in Japan.

Russian Standard, Remy Cointreau in the US

RUSSIA: Russian Standard drops Remy Cointreau in US

Russian Standard has confirmed that it has taken independent control of its distribution in the US.

Laurent-Perrier H1 results

FRANCE: Profits follow sales south in H1 for Laurent-Perrier

Laurent-Perrier has posted a marked drop in first-half profits.

SPI Group's Stolichnaya deals in UK and Greece

GLOBAL: SPI Group lines up Stolichnaya distribution in UK, Greece

The SPI Group has secured distribution of its Stolichnaya vodka brand in the UK and Greece.