Here are the ten biggest news stories on just-drinks in 2016

Here are the ten biggest news stories on just-drinks in 2016

With the end of the year looming, just-drinks takes a look back at 2016. Here are the ten biggest news stories on just-drinks in the last 12 months.

10. Diageo wins credit-rating showdown against Pernod Ricard - Moody's

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

9. Luxury goods set to gain from Trump presidency - Remy Cointreau CEO

The head of Remy Cointreau has said Donald Trump's plans to lower corporation tax in the US could benefit the luxury brands category in the country.

8. CEO Paul Schaafsma set to leave Accolade Wines

Accolade Wines has confirmed reports that its CEO, Paul Schaafsma, is set to step down in the coming months. 

7. The Coca-Cola Co CEO Muhtar Kent set to stand down

The CEO of The Coca-Cola Co, Muhtar Kent, has announced his intention to step down from the role early next year.

6. Brown-Forman to sell Southern Comfort, Tuaca to Sazerac for US$544m

Brown-Forman has agreed to sell its Southern Comfort and Tuaca spirits brands to Sazerac in a deal worth US$543.5m.

5. Anheuser-Busch InBev sweeps away SABMiller in new-look leadership team

Anheuser-Busch InBev's executive committee will retain only one SABMiller employee as it prepares a clear-out of the takeover target's staff and global offices.

4. The US is "the first place I look" - Diageo CEO - just-drinks EXCLUSIVE

Diageo's reliance on the US spirits market is less a concern and more a benefit, the company's CEO has told just-drinks.

3. Brexit "not a big deal" for Scotch - Diageo CEO

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

2. The Coca-Cola Co relegates Coke Life to "niche" status in W Europe - just-drinks EXCLUSIVE

The Coca-Cola Co is to change tack on its Coke Life distribution in Western Europe, downgrading the newest Coca-Cola trademark innovation to one that targets only to a "niche" group.

1. Craft beer consumers "tired of choice" - Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito

Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito has suggested that the US explosion in craft beer brands may be nearing an end, saying that consumers "get a bit tired of choice".

For the full list of just-drinks' Top Tens for 2016, click here