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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.

He is now back in the UK with just-drinks after four years in Chengdu, China.

Articles by Andy Morton

The week in soft drinks & waterThis week in soft drinks & bottled water, featuring The Coca-Cola's "test-and-learn" plan, new cannabis innovation and a more sober Christmas 17 November 2017

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories from the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. Click the links to see our round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.

In the news this week, Scotland is to introduce Minimum Unit PricingThis week in beer & cider, featuring the advent of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland and executive switches for Anheuser-Busch InBev and Carlsberg 17 November 2017

This week in beer & cider, featuring the advent of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland and executive switches for Anheuser-Busch InBev and Carlsberg

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said the recent Coke Zero Sugar launch was an example of test-and-learnNo more "set-piece battle" product launches - Coca-Cola Co CEO 17 November 2017

The CEO of The Coca-Cola Co has called a halt to large-scale product launches, saying the company will instead take a "test-and-learn" approach to innovation.

Heineken launched its new Maltsmiths range in cans earlier this yearUK mirrors US as canned craft beer sales soars - Nielsen figures 16 November 2017

The trend for craft beer in cans has transferred from the US to the UK, new Nielsen research has revealed, with the booming format now accounting for a quarter of the market.

US spirits producers could be in line for a tax breakUS spirits group hails proposed tax drop 16 November 2017

The US spirits industry has welcomed proposed amendments to Senate legislation that would lower taxes on distilled spirits for the first time since the country's civil war.

Halewood Wines & Spirits Crabbie's Ginger IPAHalewood Wines & Spirits' Crabbie's Ginger IPA - Product Launch 16 November 2017

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched an IPA under its Crabbies alcoholic ginger beer brand.

González Byass's Pio X MoscatelGonzález Byass's Pio X Moscatel - Product Launch 16 November 2017

Sherry producer Gonzalez Byass is to launch an ultra-premium Moscatel made with grapes that were grown more than 150 years ago.

PepsiCo's new beverages, Pepsi Saled Caramel and Mountain Dew Holiday Brew, are available for a limited timePepsiCo unveils Salted Caramel Pepsi in holiday innovation drive 15 November 2017

PepsiCo has released new beverages for the holiday season in the US, including a salted caramel flavoured Pepsi.

William Grant is rolling out tin cases for its 12yo and 15yo GlenfiddichWilliam Grant & Sons unveils tin cases for Glenfiddich 15 November 2017

William Grant & Sons is to launch tin cases for its 12- and 15-year-old Glenfiddich expressions.

Cannabis extracts are becoming a hot topic in the beverage industryUS cannabis firm Puration prepares psychoactive beverage for Canada legalisation 15 November 2017

Cannabis products company Puration has said it will have a psychoactive cannabis beverage ready to launch in Canada for the expected legalisation of recreational marijuana next July.

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