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

Diageo to move HQ

UK: Diageo lines up head office closure

Diageo is consolidating its office presence in London, with the proposed closure of its flagship site in the city.

Irish drinks industry to take a hit

IRELAND: Drinks industry to lose 9,000 jobs in '09

Ireland's alcoholic drinks industry has suffered its worst year in more than a quarter of a century and 9,000 jobs are set to be lost in 2009, trade body The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) has warned.

Pernod Ricard opposes labelling

EU: Pernod Ricard opposes ingredients labelling plan

Pernod Ricard has raised doubts about a mandatory origin labelling scheme for the EU drinks sector, because of the global market in sourcing ingredients.

Edrington Group in Asia

ASIA: Edrington Group to establish sales, distribution teams

The Edrington Group has announced plans to create two separate sales and distribution teams for South Korea and Taiwan, as part of  the Scotch whisky firm's role in the reorganisation of the Maxxium venture.

Foster's poaches Pernod Ricard exec

US: Foster's appoints Pernod Ricard wine chief

Foster's has appointed Pernod Ricard USA's general manager for wine and Champagne, Stephen Brauer, as its new managing director of Foster's Americas.

Sliding media rates offer industry hope

UK: Diageo toasts tumbling media rates

Diageo GB is taking advantage of plummeting media rates to ramp up support for its spirits brands in 2009.

Whyte & Mackay CEO change

UK: Whyte & Mackay announces CEO switch

Whyte & Mackay has appointed a new CEO.

Downturn hits Constellation Brands

US: Constellation Brands to shed jobs, cuts guidance

Constellation Brands plans to cut 5% of its global workforce and has trimmed its earnings guidance for 2009 due to worse-than-expected performances for its wine businesses in the UK and Australia.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budejovicky Budvar Budweiser latest

EU: A-B InBev fails in Budweiser trademark case

Anheuser-Busch InBev has failed in its attempt to register the Budweiser name as a protected trademark in the EU.

Corby Distilleries chief heads to Pernod

CHINA: Pernod Ricard appoints Corby CEO as China head

Pernod Ricard has appointed Corby Distilleries chairman and CEO Con Constandis to head up its China business.