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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

British Honey Co owns a portfolio of honey spirit brands"We're working seven days a week on sanitiser" - British Honey Co banks on coronavirus strategy shift - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL 3 April 2020

Honey spirits maker British Honey Co has rapidly turned alcohol sanitiser into a new long-term revenue generator to help soften the economic shock of the coronavirus outbreak.

Henkell Freixenet said the new still wines will bring excitement to the sectorHenkell Freixenet's Freixenet Italian still wines - Product Launch 3 April 2020

Henkell Freixenet has launched a range of still wines under its Freixenet sparkling wine brand.

The leading hard seltzer brand in the US, Mark Anthony Brands' White Claw, was gearing up for increased sales this yearCoronavirus takes shine off hard seltzer's moment in the sun - comment 2 April 2020

It was supposed to be the summer of seltzer. But the coronavirus outbreak in the US has put paid to what analyst estimated would be a 270% increase in sales this year for one of the hottest categories in alcoholic drinks.

Remy Cointreau has been hit by the shutdowns in Greater China and Global Travel RetailRemy Cointreau warns of bigger sales slump as Q4 set for 26% drop 2 April 2020

Sales for Remy Cointreau's most recent quarter are expected to drop by 26%, with the group warning that declines in the current quarter will be even sharper.

Accolade's Echo Falls happy hour will launch on InstagramDrinks firms go virtual to target home-bound consumers 2 April 2020

Alcohol companies are launching at-home marketing activations as consumers face lockdown measures in Europe and North America.

Pernod Ricard has closed its Martell visitors centre in CognacPernod Ricard warns of volumes hit from Martell production safety measures 1 April 2020

Pernod Ricard's Cognac unit, Martell, will have to rely on existing stocks as coronavirus safety measures impact production.

Diageo took a 51% stake in Serengeti Breweries in 2010Diageo's East African Breweries to boost Serengeti Breweries control 1 April 2020

Diageo's Kenyan beer unit, East African Breweries Ltd, is to increase its stake in Serengeti Breweries by 30%.

Carlton & United Breweries owns brands including Victoria BitterAsahi Group nears US$11.3bn Carlton & United Breweries buy with competition approval 1 April 2020

Competition watchdogs in Australia have given the green light to the pending Asahi Group purchase of Anheuser-Busch InBev's Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) unit in the country.

Lakes Distillery will increase its capacity to about 400,000 litres a yearLakes Distillery to triple spirits production capacity 1 April 2020

English whisky distiller Lakes Distillery is to boost the capacity of its production facility three-fold after securing new funding.

G&Juice's new range contains 20mg of hemp-derived CBD per 12oz canG&Juice's CBD-infused sparkling drinks range - Product Launch 1 April 2020

New Californian drinks firm G&Juice has launched its debut range, a CBD-infused sparkling beverage collection.

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