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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
Last month, UK producer Seedlip launched the second expression in its range of self-described "non-alcoholic spirits". Seedlip Garden follows the launch in November of the original Seedlip, which sold out three times in high-end London retailer Selfridges and has caught the attention of bartenders with its positioning as an adult-aimed, non-alcoholic base for cocktails. Seedlip founder Ben Branson says the spirit - a distillation of botanicals including herbs, fruit and bark - is a riposte to non-alcoholic drinks that depend too heavily on sugary fruit blends, and offers a solution to the problem of "what to drink when you're not drinking". just-drinks spoke to Branson ahead of the launch of Seedlip Garden about his early successes, interest from Bahraini royalty and why the industry needs to get on-board the non-alcoholic category.
New IWSR figures have highlighted the past decade's soar-away spirits growth in the US, with Bourbon adding 56% in volumes and Irish whiskey jumping by 409%.
PepsiCo is to relaunch Diet Pepsi with aspartame in the US a year after removing the artificial sweetener from the zero-calorie soda.
The markets have had the weekend to digest the possible implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU. Here is a summation of what the analysts are saying about UK-listed beverage companies, and those that have an interest in the UK consumer.
Anheuser-Busch InBev is to pay Kirin up to AUD300m (US$223m) in compensation after terminating a distribution agreement in Australia.
The Boston Beer Co has appointed its first chief marketing officer as it struggles against falling sales and volumes.
The UK's Purity Soft Drinks is aiming to double sales over the next three years as it continues to invest in its Juice Burst brand.
An analyst has heaped further misery on C&C Group, saying the Magners owner will "suffer severely" from the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Two of the UK's leading independent cider producers have warned of short-term turmoil in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU but said longer-term repercussions are too difficult to predict.
Gonzalez Byass has taken majority control of Chilean winery Veramonte as it continues to purchase assets outside of its Jerez heartland.
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- The UK Referendum - just-drinks Live Blog
- C&C Group will be a Brexit victim - analyst
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- Global non-Scotch whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
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