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Andy Morton

Andy MortonBiography

Andy Morton started out in journalism in Glasgow, where he wrestled in mashed potato and wrote about Highland cows.

Tiring of the high-brow, he travelled the world working as an itinerant sub-editor in cities including Taipei, Sydney and Shanghai. While in Hanoi, he brought to the world's attention the Scottish-Vietnamese fusion dish dog haggis.

After four years in Chengdu, China, Andy returned to the UK and joined just-drinks in 2012. Three years later, he was promoted to news & insights editor, before becoming deputy editor in May 2019.

Articles by Andy Morton

Mangrove MD Nick Gillett said businesses can use the time to work on their strategies"If you're a very small gin distillery, I think your days are numbered" - Mangrove MD Nick Gillet - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 27 March 2020

The head of UK high-end spirits distributor Mangrove has spoken of his fears for the spirits industry as the coronavirus crisis deepens, warning that large distillers with production tied to one location may have issues sourcing bottles.

Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz said the group's production plants remain openCoronavirus impact "temporary" - Campari Group 27 March 2020

An evaluation of the impact from the coronavirus outbreak is premature, according to Campari Group, but the effect will be certainly be felt in the short term.

The Anheuser-Busch InBev initiative aims to funnel money to closed on-premise outletsAnheuser-Busch InBev unveils giftcard scheme to support UK on-premise 27 March 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev's UK unit is giving consumers in the country the chance to buy gift cards for on-premise outlets, in a bid to help the businesses survive the coronavirus shutdown.

Trinchero said Del Mar Wine Seltzer targets the out-of-home consumption occasionTrinchero Family Estates' Del Mar Wine Seltzer - Product Launch 27 March 2020

Trinchero Family Estates is to launch a wine-based alcoholic sparkling water range that targets the out-of-home consumption occasion.

Mark Hunter left Molson Coors in September last yearEx-Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter to advise Big Drop Brewery 26 March 2020

UK non-alcoholic brewer Big Drop Brewing has said the addition of former Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter as an advisor can help the company grow its brands internationally.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association said distilleries have leave to remain open during the coronavirus lockdownUK alcohol production allowed to continue as lockdown bites 26 March 2020

UK bottling plants and distilleries have been given the go-ahead to stay open if staff obey social distancing rules.

Shepherd Neame said it is focussing on Shepherd Neame seeks survival as 1,300 staff told to "step aside" 26 March 2020

UK brewer and pub owner Shepherd Neame has told 85% of its workforce to temporarily "step aside" so staff can receive Government financial support, following the closure of the country's on-premise channel.

The Distilled Spirits Council is lobbying Congress in support of the craft spirits industry"We're living through very anxious times" - just-drinks speaks to Distilled Spirits Council CEO Chris Swonger - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 25 March 2020

As distillers in the US come to terms with an on-premise channel in shutdown and an uncertain economic future, just-drinks spoke to the head of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Chris Swonger, about the potential impact of the coronavirus.

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey is hoping for a V-shaped recoveryThe Coca-Cola Co eyes COVID-19 rebound with pledge to keep staff 25 March 2020

The Coca-Cola Co has no plans to lay off staff, according to CEO James Quincey, despite warning that the world is "still at the beginning of the beginning" of the coronavirus outbreak.

The duty payments will be taken from UK alcohol producers todayUK alcohol industry attacks duty payment demand "blow" 25 March 2020

Alcohol trade groups in the UK have hit out after government finance chiefs refused to halt monthly duty payments.

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