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

Diageo, Kirin, Moet Hennessy in Japan

JAPAN: Diageo realigns Japan distribution between Kirin, Moet Hennessy

Diageo has followed its formation of a joint venture in Japan with a realignment of its distribution in the country.

Pernod Ricard job cuts in UK

UK: Pernod Ricard lines up UK job cuts

Pernod Ricard has said that it is considering making around 20 redundancies at its UK unit.

Bacardi director changes

BERMUDA: Directorial switches at Bacardi

Bacardi has elected two directorial changes on its board.

Foster's on the turn?

AUS: Foster's fortunes on the rise - analyst

Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington has upgraded his assessment of Foster's Group to "buy" for the first time in four years.

Sunkist US promotion

US: Sunkist puts twist on 'Take a Stand' promo

Sunkist Growers has added a twist to its annual Sunkist Take a Stand programme by encouraging kids in the US to raise money for charity by creating their own lemonade stand.

Diageo job cut row rumbles on

UK: Gov't, unions to hold Diageo crisis talks

Scotland's government will hold talks with trade unions, councillors and politicians from opposition parties to discuss ways of persuading Diageo not to cut more than 10% of its whisky workforce in the country.

Rosier future for Beam Global?

US: Beam Global US chief upbeat on performance

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has had a positive start to 2009 in its domestic market, with pressure from destocking easing off, the group's US president has told just-drinks.

Molson Coors and minimum pricing in UK

UK: Molson Coors backs minimum pricing

Molson Coors is in favour of setting minimum prices on alcoholic drinks as a way of cutting excess consumption, the company's UK marketing director has told Parliament's Health Select Committee.

Pernod, Absolut in lawsuit row

US: Pernod Ricard, Absolut Spirits rubbish idea theft claim

Pernod Ricard has dismissed a lawsuit in the US claiming it stole the concept for a cocktail-making competition from a charity organisation.

Anadolu Efes to buy up subsidiary

TURKEY: Anadolu Efes to buy out Efes Breweries International

Anadolu Efes has said it plans to buy out all shares that it does not already own in Efes Breweries International for around US$140m in cash.