just the round-up - The week in drinks

By | 20 November 2009

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

Scotch Whisky Association and Scotch rules

UK: SWA defends new Scotch whisky rules

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has defended new regulations covering Scotch whisky against criticism from some corners of the industry.

Champagne sales in 2009

FRANCE: Champagne sales to drop 15% in 2009

Sales of Champagne are expected to drop by up to 15% in volume for 2009, the trade body for the Champagne region has told just-drinks.

Coca-Cola's juice portfolio

GLOBAL: Coca-Cola Co gives juice brands a makeover

Coca-Cola Co has unveiled a uniform packaging design for all of its juice brands around the world, marking out the category as a key driver of sales growth.

FDA queries caffeinated alcohol

US: FDA crackdown on caffeinated alcoholic drinks

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has questioned the legality of caffeinated alcoholic beverages and may ban the drinks if producers cannot prove that adding caffeine to alcohol is safe.

Authorities call on Diageo in India

INDIA: Diageo gets customs visit

Diageo India's head offices have been visited by customs and revenue officials in the country.

Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers to close site

UK: Pernod Ricard readies Chivas Brothers bottling sale

Pernod Ricard has confirmed it plans to sell one of its bottling facilities in Scotland.

SABMiller targets costs

Insight - SABMiller unveils global cost savings plan

SABMiller's four-year plan to save US$300m annually will not include significant job cuts, group CEO Graham Mackay told just-drinks following the group's half-year results announcement.

Coca-Cola's Vitaminwater extension

US: Coca-Cola Co to launch Vitaminwater zero

Coca-Cola Co is to launch calorie-free versions of its Vitaminwater drinks in the US early next year.

First Quench closures continue

UK: More First Quench stores to close

A further wave of store closures has been announced at First Quench Retailing, the collapsed owner of Threshers off-licences in the UK.

Edrington Group's site closure

UK: Edrington Group to close Scottish site

The Edrington Group has announced the closure of one of its facilities in Scotland.

Sectors: Beer & cider, Soft drinks, Spirits, Water, Wine

Companies: Coca-Cola Co, Scotch Whisky Association, Diageo, Pernod, Ricard, SABMiller, Chivas Brothers, Edrington

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