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

Corby Distilleries' new CFO

CANADA: Corby Distilleries appoints CFO

Corby Distilleries, the Canada-based drinks group more than 50%-controlled by Pernod Ricard, has announced that Thierry Pourchet will be its new vice president and chief financial officer.

Rose wine decision

EU: French wine producers win war of rosé

A European Commission proposal to allow EU winemakers to produce rosé wine by mixing red and white wines together has been dropped, following opposition led by France.

Diageo, Marnier-Lapostolle tie-up

UK: Diageo signs Grand Marnier distribution deal

Diageo has signed a deal with Marnier-Lapostolle to distribute the French group's Grand Marnier liqueur across Europe.

Threshers under threat?

UK: First Quench has credit lines withdrawn

First Quench Retail (FQR), the group behind the off-licence chain Threshers, has had its cashflow reductions and credit lines withdrawn as a result of the economic downturn.

UK soft drinks bearing up

UK: Soft drinks sector holding off recession - BSDA president

The UK soft drinks industry has proved itself more resilient to recession than other beverage sectors in 2009, according to Paul Moody, president of the British Soft Drinks Association.

Remy Cointreau FY

FRANCE: Destocking hits Rémy Cointreau FY sales

Rémy Cointreau, the French Champagne and Cognac group, has blamed destocking in key markets during the economic downturn for a 13% drop in net sales in its fiscal full-year.

Ireland alcohol advertising

IRELAND: Industry rejects call for alcohol advertising laws

Ireland's alcoholic drinks industry has rejected calls for new laws to govern drinks adverts on television.

Brown-Forman FY

US: Brown-Forman FY sales, profits fall on tough Q4

Brown-Forman has reported falls in both sales and profits for its fiscal full-year, damaged by double-digit declines in its fourth quarter.

New Zealand wines in Europe

NZ: New Zealand wines must maintain value positioning - Euro chief

New Zealand wineries must stick to their focus on value and not be tempted into the world of discounting to shift extra volumes, David Cox, the new Europe director for New Zealand Winegrowers, has told just-drinks.

UK wine sales in 2008

UK: Wine sales turn sour in 2008 - study

The UK wine market shrank in both value and volume sales in 2008 and the sector will have to wait until 2011 to see a recovery, according to new research from Mintel.