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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

Seedlip founder, Ben Branson, doesn't believe the non-alcoholic drinks category exists yet"The on-trade doesn't realise it can up-sell on a Coca-Cola" - Interview, Seedlip founder, Ben Branson 28 June 2016

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.

Irish whiskey has seen volumes surge over the past decadeBourbon, Irish whiskey win big in decade of US spirits growth - figures 28 June 2016

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 said the new range was in response to consumer demand for choicePepsiCo returns aspartame to US Diet Pepsi range 28 June 2016

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 post-Brexit implicationsThe drinks industry's post-Brexit winners and losers - Analysis 27 June 2016

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.

Kirin handles Corona for AB InBev in AustraliaAnheuser-Busch InBev agrees Kirin compensation in Australia 27 June 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to pay Kirin up to AUD300m (US$223m) in compensation after terminating a distribution agreement in Australia.

Boston Beer has been under pressure from rival craft beer brandsThe Boston Beer Co brings in Jon Potter to CMO role 27 June 2016

The Boston Beer Co has appointed its first chief marketing officer as it struggles against falling sales and volumes.

Purity Soft Drinks is backing sales for its Juice Burst brandPurity Soft Drinks targets Juice Burst sales boost 27 June 2016

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.

C&C Group makes Magners in Ireland for sale in the UKC&C Group will be a Brexit victim - analyst 27 June 2016

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.

Thatchers' MD, Martin Thatcher, said it is still too early to tell what Brexit's repercussions areUK cider makers urge caution over Brexit fallout 24 June 2016

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 is expanding its footprintGonzalez Byass takes over Chile's Veramonte winery 24 June 2016

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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