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

Pernod Ricard's latest divestment

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard sells Bisquit Cognac

Pernod Ricard has agreed a deal to sell its Bisquit Cognac brand to South Africa's Distell Group for EUR31m, as part of the French group's strategy to dispose of peripheral brands.

Minimum alcohol price in Scotland?

UK: Scotland proposes minimum price for alcohol

Scotland's government is to push ahead with plans to introduce a mininum price for alcoholic drinks, as part of a range of measures designed to tackle alcohol abuse.

C&C Group quells sale talk

IRELAND: C&C Group denies spirits business sale

Magners cider owner C&C Group has said that it is not selling its spirits business, following a report by just-drinks this afternoon (2 March).

Diageo's temporary closures

UK: Diageo lines up temp Scottish site closure

Diageo has confirmed that it will temporarily close one of its facilities in Scotland later this month, as a result of the economic downturn.

Carlsberg departure

DENMARK: Carlsberg Northern Europe VP to leave

Carlsberg is searching for a replacement for Mikael Aro, its senior vice president for Northern Europe, who is to leave the brewer this summer.

Diageo job cuts in NA

US: Diageo cuts jobs in Guinness, wine integration

Diageo is to cut 150 jobs in North America as part of a cost savings plan in the region.

Anheuser-Busch InBev results

BELGIUM: Anheuser-Busch InBev profit drops, beer sales slow

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reported a fall in net profit for 2008, with slowing global beer sales in the fourth quarter.

Foster's exec joins Constellation

EUROPE: Constellation appoints Foster's marketing chief

Constellation Europe has appointed Foster's EMEA marketing director James Lousada as its senior vice president of marketing and business development.

Corby Distilleries, SPI, C&C and Beam Global

CANADA: Corby Distilleries updates SPI, C&C, Beam Global deals

Corby Distilleries has extended its licence deals with the SPI Group, C&C International in Canada, but is to lose rights to several Beam Global Spirits & Wine brands.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. results

US: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. profits hammered in "difficult year"

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated has seen its full-year profits take a pummelling in 2008, dropping by over a half.