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

Pernod Ricard, V&S

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard sells V&S brands

Pernod Ricard has signed a deal with Norway's Arcus Gruppen to sell several drinks brands acquired as part of its takeover of Vin & Sprit.

Stevia, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo

US: FDA clears Coca-Cola, PepsiCo to launch stevia drinks

The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo are plotting a new generation of low calorie soft drinks after the US food safety watchdog approved the use of natural sweeteners derived from the stevia plant.

UK wine industry

UK: Widespread job cuts loom for wine industry

Tax rises, slowing sales growth and vicious discounting are threatening to cause widespread job losses across the UK wine sector early next year, industry sources have told just-drinks.

NY soft drinks

US: New York proposes soft drinks fat tax

New York's governor has proposed a tax on regular soft drinks in order to reduce obesity across the state.

UK, minimum prices

UK: Government scraps minimum alcohol prices, for now

A minimum price on alcohol sold in supermarkets will not be introduced during the economic downturn, UK home secretary Jacqui Smith has said.

A-B InBev, Budvar

EU: Anheuser-Busch InBev shrugs off Bud trademark ruling

Anheuser-Busch InBev has said it is considering whether to appeal an EU court ruling against its use of the 'Bud' trademark.

Shannon Minerals, FSAI

IRELAND: Shannon Minerals attacks FSAI over recall

Shannon Minerals, the Irish bottled water firm that withdrew products from supermarkets late last month, has attacked Ireland's food safety watchdog for failing to inform it of new guidelines.

 

MillerCoors

US: MillerCoors reformulates Sparks, removes caffeine

MillerCoors has bowed to pressure from a coalition of state attourneys general in the US and agreed to remove a range of ingredients, including caffeine, from its Sparks drink.

Diageo

GLOBAL: Diageo appoints public policy director

Diageo has appointed Michael Patten to the new role of global public policy director, set to encompass international trade, tax and market access issues.

 

Coca-Cola Enterprises

US: Coca-Cola Enterprises lifts guidance, cuts US operations

Coca-Cola Enterprises has lifted its earnings guidance for 2008, but said it would close some of its US operations as part of a restructuring plan.