James has been Just Drinks' deputy editor since February 2022. Previously he worked at The Morning Advertiser and as a freelance journalist and photographer. His favourite drink is a pint of best bitter, poured through a sparkler.
Casa Azul Tequila Soda was launched by “serial beverage entrepreneur” Lance Collins last summer.
The group is targeting US$1bn in revenues from India by 2030.
The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty has also signalled its willingness in principle to approve the uprooting of vines.
The brewer hopes to retain a buy-back clause on any deal to sell the unit.
Africa is a key market for Diageo, with the brewer and distiller looking to take advantage of rising alcohol consumption across the continent.
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Global Brands boss talks RTD trends, functionality in energy drinks and why he isn’t a fan of proposals to limit alcohol marketing in Scotland.
The firms argued the so-called “ban” will harm the sector with “no clear evidence to justify such a move”.
The 99 Problems rapper had sought a new owner for D’Usse over fears the brand was being mismanaged.
The latest rise takes excise duty close to AUD100 (US$70) per litre of pure alcohol.
Diageo’s move for Don Papa stole the headlines but there were a healthy selection of other intriguing deals in January.