The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

CHILE: Vina Concha y Toro FY wine sales rise

Vina Concha y Toro, the Chile-based wine giant, has reported a double digit sales rise for 2009, despite a slowdown in the fourth quarter.

GLOBAL: M&A activity to rebound in 2010 - analyst

Mergers and acquisitions are likely to be back on the agenda around the world in 2010 as the business climate improves, leading consultancy group KPMG has said.

INDIA: Pernod Ricard hits Imperial rights setback

Pernod Ricard has hit a setback in its attempt to prevent rival drinks firms in India from using the word 'imperial' on their labels.

GLOBAL: SABMiller beer volumes flat in Q3

Stockpiling in Russia, as well as growth in Africa and Latin America, offset declines in other markets to see SABMiller report flat beer volume sales in its fiscal third quarter.

UK: Diageo wins Vodkat legal case against Intercontinental Brands

Diageo has won its legal battle with UK drinks firm Intercontinental Brands over its Vodkat vodka-based spirit beverage.

RUSSIA: Brewers may dodge alcohol sales curbs

Brewers with beers below 5% abv may escape some of the most stringent Government proposals to curb alcohol sales and promotions in Russia, as the drinks industry prepares for tough measures in the country in 2010.

US: Red Bull North America chief resigns

The CEO of energy drink firm Red Bull in North America has resigned.

UK: Whyte & Mackay toasts whisky profits rise

Whyte & Mackay, the Scotch whisky group owned by India's United Spirits, has reported a jump in net profits for its most recent fiscal year.

FRANCE: Champagne slide blights Remy Cointreau sales

Remy Cointreau has reported a 4.5% drop in like-for-like sales in the first nine months of 2009, after strong demand for Cognac in Asia failed to fully offset sliding Champagne sales.

BELGIUM: A-B InBev secures deal to end blockades

Anheuser-Busch InBev has secured a deal with trade unions to end a blockade of its breweries in Belgium.