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

Constellation Brands retirement

US: Constellation Brands exec to retire

Constellation Brands has announced that the president and CEO of its Constellation Services business, Andy Berk, is to retire.

Pepsico sues Coca-Cola Co.

US: PepsiCo sues Coca-Cola Co, over Powerade advert

US drinks giant PepsiCo has filed a lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Co. and Energy Brands, accusing them of making false attacks on its Gatorade sports drink.

Diageo and Brown-Forman

US: Diageo silent on Brown-Forman purchase claim

Diageo has declined to comment on speculation linking the drinks giant to a possible move for Brown-Forman.

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Rolling Rock

US: Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell Rolling Rock - report

Anheuser-Busch InBev is eyeing a sale of its Rolling Rock beer brand in the US, according to a report.

Pernod Ricard Q3

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard Q3 sales fall, launches EUR1bn rights issue

Pernod Ricard has reported a 12% drop in like-for-like sales for its third quarter and launched a EUR1bn rights issue in order to help reduce debt.

Diageo Guinness launch

US: Diageo to launch limited edition Guinness stout

Diageo is to launch a limited edition Guinness for the US market to mark the beer's 250th anniversary.

Champagne figures for 2009 so far

FRANCE: Champagne exports tumble in '09

Worldwide Champagne sales fell 34% in volume terms in the first two months of 2009, with EU markets hardest hit, according to regional trade body CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne).

Huiyuan Juice Group still on the hunt

CHINA: Huiyuan Juice Group courts fresh suitors - report

Huiyuan Juice Group has reportedly been approached by new potential suitors, after China's Ministry of Commerce blocked Coca-Cola CO's US$2.4bn takeover bid for the firm.

SABMiller FY sales volumes

GLOBAL: Economic downturn hits SABMiller beer volumes

SABMiller has reported a dip in global beer volumes for its fourth quarter, reflecting the impact of the economic downturn in its markets acrosss Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Australian RTD tax back on the table

AUSTRALIA: Gov't to relaunch RTD drinks tax

A 70% tax hike on ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic beverages is to be relaunched by Australia's Government, despite being voted down in the country's Senate last month.