Read the top ten stories published on just-drinks this week.

France, Vinexpo

VINEXPO / FRANCE: French wineries must merge or fail - JeanJean president

The economic downturn has plunged French wine into a fresh crisis, making the need for consolidation in the industry greater than ever, the president of JeanJean has told just-drinks.

Nicolas Feuillatte

VINEXPO / FRANCE: Nicolas Feuillatte targets sparkling rose growth

Champagne house Nicolas Feuillatte has launched a rosé version of its Cuvée 225 Brut Vintage in response to growing demand for sparkling rosé wine in the firm's key markets.

Jobs, Ireland

IRELAND: Act now to save drinks jobs - trade body

Thousands more jobs will be lost in Ireland's food and drink sector unless the Government acts swiftly to give more aid to businesses, trade body Food and Drink Industry Ireland has warned.

Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Sauza

UK: Beam Global launches Tres Gerneraciones Tequila

Beam Global Spirits & Wine is launching Tres Generaciones Tequila in the UK, a super premium extension to its Sauza brand.

Coca-Cola Co

CHINA: Coca-Cola Co delivers China expansion pledge

Coca-Cola Co. has opened two bottling facilities in China this week.

Australia, RTD tax

AUS: Opposition supports RTD drinks tax rise, bill passes

A sudden U-turn from Australia's opposition party, the Liberal-National Coalition, has seen new bills to reintroduce a tax hike on ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages pass a vote in the country's House of Representatives.

A-B InBev

US: Anheuser-Busch InBev denies consolidation plans

Anheuser-Busch InBev has denied reports that it is looking into ways to consolidate its network of beer distributors in the US.

Russian Standard

UK: Russian Standard launches marketing campaign

Russian Standard Vodka, distributed in the UK by First Drinks, has launched a GBP1.2m (US$1.9m) marketing campaign in the country for 2009.


ASIA: Diageo appoints Ghostine as Asia-Pacific MD

Diageo is moving Gilbert Ghostine, the current managing director of its Continental Europe division, to head up its Asia-Pacific business.


GLOBAL: Diageo launches ultra premium vodka in China

Diageo has launched ultra-premium vodka Shanghai White in Hong Kong, the product of a partnership between the drinks giant and baijiu producer Shui Jing Fang.