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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

Andre deAlmeida joined Loch Lomond Group in July this year"Unless there’s change, companies like ours won't be able to enter into the Travel Retail channel" – Interview, Loch Lomond Group GTR head Andre de Almeida 6 December 2016

Andre de Almeida had been William Grant & Sons' director for European Travel Retail for four years when he decided earlier this year to take up the role of Global Travel Retail head at Scotch whisky specialists Loch Lomond Group. That was in July, and now the Brazilian-born de Almeida, who moved to Scotland when he was 15, faces one of the biggest challenges of his career - establishing Loch Lomond as a player in the GTR channel.

Absolut vodka has declined in value in the US over the past yearAbsolut not "sufficiently focussed" on Millennials in US - Pernod Ricard 6 December 2016

Pernod Ricard's US head has said Absolut vodka needs to focus more on Millennials, admitting that a failure to do so has hampered the brand's recent performance.

Diageo, which owns the Johnnie Walker brand, is better placed for the global spirits market, Moody's saidDiageo wins credit-rating showdown against Pernod Ricard - Moody's 6 December 2016

Ratings firm Moody's has handed Diageo victory in a credit run-off against spirits rival Pernod Ricard.

Molson Coors & Camel Valley Vineyard's Camel Valley PilsnerMolson Coors & Camel Valley Vineyard's Camel Valley Pilsner – Product Launch 6 December 2016

The Molson Coors-owned UK craft brewer Sharp's Brewery has teamed up with English winemaker Camel Valley to launch a limited-edition Pilsner.

The sugar tax will be implemented in April 2018, it was confirmed todayUK Treasury postpones finer details on sugar tax charges 5 December 2016

The UK government has revealed further details of its proposed sugar tax, but suppliers will have to wait until April to find out how much they will pay.

Coca-Cola Zero is also predicted to be affected by Spain's proposed sugar taxCoca-Cola European Partners to take "modest" volumes hit from Spanish sugar tax - analyst 5 December 2016

A just-announced Spanish sugar tax on soft drinks could dent CCEP's overall volumes by 1.5%, an analyst has predicted.

Consumers can use face-swapping apps to put themselves on the Oasis bottleThe Coca-Cola Co unveils face-swap Oasis bottle 5 December 2016

The Coca-Cola Co is testing special face-swap packaging for its UK juice brand Oasis.

Honest Tea was first launched in the US 20 years agoCoca-Cola European Partners readies UK-wide launch for Honest Tea 5 December 2016

The Coca-Cola Co brand Honest Tea is to roll out nation-wide in the UK after completing a soft launch this year.

One of the bottlers produces Pepsi under contract with PepsiCoPepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Co bottlers ordered to halt water extraction from Indian river 2 December 2016

An Indian court has ruled that contract bottlers for PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Co cannot divert water from a drought-hit river as water scarcity in the country continues to trouble beverage makers.

European brewers saw exports increase by 7% last yearNon-EU beer exports on increase as European brewers expand horizons - study 2 December 2016

Beer exports to non-EU countries are becoming increasingly important to Europe's brewers, a new study has found.

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