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

Australian attack for Diageo and Smirnoff

AUS: Diageo bats away Smirnoff Platinum attack

Diageo has countered an attack by Australia's Health Minister on the company's Smirnoff Platinum RTD brand.

Prices rises in UK for Anheuser-Busch Inbev

UK: A-B InBev raises beer prices

InBev UK has said it will increase beer prices in the UK in order to absorb rising costs and offset tough market conditions.

Kirin San Miguel purchase

JAPAN: Kirin Holdings eyes San Miguel Brewery stake

Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings may take a 43% stake in San Miguel Brewery, after agreeing to enter exclusive negotiations with the  firm's parent, San Miguel Corp.

Pernod Ricard Serkova sale

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard sells Serkova Vodka

Pernod Ricard has sold its Serkova Vodka brand to Amvyx, as part of a deal with EU competition officials.

Guinness brewery construction stalls

IRELAND: Diageo puts Guinness brewery plan on hold

Diageo is to review plans to build a EUR650m (US$843m) Guinness brewery in Ireland, due to the global economic downturn.

Coca-Cola in Iran

IRAN: Coca-Cola threatened by boycott - report

Iranian authorities may place an official boycott on Coca-Cola products, as part of retaliatory measures for US support of Israel's assault on Gaza, according to a report.

Coca-Cola global ad campaign

US: Coca-Cola Co. launches global Coke campaign

The Coca-Cola Co. is set to unveil the latest global marketing campaign for its namesake CSD in the US today (21 January).

Pernod exec appointment

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard appoints global marketing VP

Pernod Ricard has appointed Martin Riley, head of marketing for its Chivas Brothers division, as the group's new vice president of global marketing.

Remy Cointreau sales

FRANCE: Remy Cointreau sales slip

Falling Champagne sales pushed Remy Cointreau to a 4% sales decline for the first nine months of its fiscal 2008-09.

E&J Gallo job cuts

UK: E&J Gallo to cut jobs

Wine giant E&J Gallo plans to cut up to 50 jobs in the UK, blaming the move on tax rises and a tough economic climate.