With the end of the year looming, just-drinks is running a series of 'Top Tens of the Year' in the run-up to Christmas.

Here are the ten most read Hot Topics on just-drinks in 2012.

10: The Future for Cachaca

In June, Diageo acquired the Ypióca cachaça brand in Brazil from Ypióca Agroindustrial Limitada. The domestic spirit may be struggling at home, but its global potential remains great.

9: CAGE 2012

CAGNY was followed by the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London a month later.

8: Anheuser-Busch InBev takes control of Grupo Modelo

Also in June, Anheuser-Busch InBev finally made its move to take control of Mexico's Grupo Modelo.

7: CAGNY 2012

In February, the Consumer Analyst Group New York conference took place in Florida.

6: The Politics of Orange Juice?

Brazil and the US started the year on the cusp of a trade row, after a banned fungicide was discovered by The Coca-Cola Co on oranges imported from the South American country.

5: London International Wine Fair 2012

Traditionally one of the busiest events for just-drinks, this year's wine fair was no exception.

4: TFWA World Exhibition 2012

In October, the travel retail world converged on Cannes in France for the TFWA exhibition. just-drinks was in tow.

3: CEDC's Very Public Spat

As the year drew to a close, a row broke out between Central European Distribution Corp and major shareholder Russian Standard. Here's how the disagreement unfolded.

2: Diageo & United Spirits - The Denouement

The waiting finally came to an end this year. Diageo agreed a deal to take a controlling stake in UB Group's United Spirits division in India. Here's how the story unfolded over the last few months.

1: Heineken lines up Asia Pacific Breweries takeover

Heineken's battle for full control of Asia Pacific Breweries dominated the headlines in the second half of 2012. As hot topics go, this was a large one.