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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

Diageo sold Bushmills to Casa Cuervo last year in a swap deal for Don Julio Tequila"We tried for a long time to make Bushmills hot" - Diageo CEO Menezes 28 July 2016

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has said he has no regrets over the sale of Bushmills, admitting that the company couldn't make the Irish whiskey grow in the US.

Diageo took a minority stake in Seedlip this month through its start-up incubatorDiageo sets sights on alcohol-alternative trends 28 July 2016

Diageo's CEO, Ivan Menezes, has said he wants to be in the vanguard of the growing non-alcoholic beverage market.

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes is looking for opportunities in new marketsBrexit "not a big deal" for Scotch - Diageo CEO 28 July 2016

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has said Brexit will not affect Scotch exports, and instead is an opportunity to open up whisky to new markets.

Diageo's Johnnie Walker blended Scotch found sales growth in North AmericaDiageo's FY performance by region - Focus 28 July 2016

Today, Diageo reported a lift in full-year underlying net sales. Here just-drinks takes a look at the figures for each of the group's regions:

Diageo forecast net sales growth for the coming year Diageo gets FY back on track amid currency flux - results 28 July 2016

Diageo's underlying sales returned to growth for the fiscal year but currency volatility continued to hamper top and bottom lines. 

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes will announce the group's full-year results tomorrowDiageo's Q4/FY 2016 results - Preview 27 July 2016

On Thursday (28 July), Diageo will report its full-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at how the group has fared in its fourth quarter, the three months to the end of June:

Corona is helping to fire Constellation Brands' share price in the USTime to take stock of Constellation Brands' Corona - Comment 27 July 2016

Constellation Brands is a firm favourite on Wall Street at the moment. The company's share price hasn't stopped rising since it took control of the Grupo Modelo brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev. Indeed, US$100 worth of stock bought in June 2012, when the deal was announced, is now worth just over $850.

Moet Hennessy outpaced growth in LVMH's other luxury goods unitsMoet Hennessy posts H1 bounce as Cognac volumes soar - results 27 July 2016

Cognac in the US helped drive strong sales and profits growth for LVMH's wines & spirits unit, Moet Hennessy, in the first half of the year.

Moet Hennessy signs up with Breakthru Beverage Group 27 July 2016

Moet Hennessy has renewed distribution contracts in five US markets with Charmer Sunbelt successor Breakthru Beverage Group.

The Jim Beam Citrus Highball Grapefruit was first unveiled in Japan last yearBeam Suntory expands Japanese highball RTD launch to Australia 27 July 2016

Beam Suntory's Australian unit is to launch a ready-to-drink Jim Beam highball that had been initially developed for the Japanese market.

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