Here are the ten biggest news stories on just-drinks in 2017

Here are the ten biggest news stories on just-drinks in 2017

With the end of the year looming, we take a look back at 2017. Here are the ten biggest news stories on just-drinks in the last 12 months.

10.  Gruppo Campari lines up Bulldog Gin buy for US$58.4m 

Gruppo Campari has agreed to purchase Bulldog Gin in a deal worth US$58.4m, as it moves to strengthen its premium spirits portfolio.

9. The Coca-Cola Co completes refranchising operations in the US

The Coca-Cola Co has completed the refranchising of company-owned bottling operations in the US market.

8. Australian Vintage sells stake to Vintage China Fund as Brexit prompts export review

Australian Vintage has sold a 15% stake to Vintage China Fund as it looks to increase presence across China and ease its reliance on the UK market.

7. Travel Retail model "not sustainable" - Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard - just-drinks Exclusive

Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard has deemed the current Travel Retail model unsustainable, calling for an end to the practice of retailers overbidding for airport concessions.

6. Global wine yields forecast to drop after Europe's top three hit by "extreme weather"

Global wine production is expected to fall 8% this year after bad weather hit European harvests.

5. Diageo readies Irish whiskey return - just-drinks Exclusive

Diageo is lining up a return to the Irish whiskey category, just-drinks has learnt, less than two years after it completed the sale of the Bushmills distillery and portfolio in the country.

4. Consumer backlash prompts PepsiCo to pull Kendall Jenner Pepsi Moments ad - video

PepsiCo has apologised for its latest Pepsi advert after the campaign was attacked for appearing to make light of protest marches.

3. Anheuser-Busch InBev warns of "civil war" in US beer category - video

A group of Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned brewers has hit back at the Brewers Association, accusing the US craft brewer trade body of starting a "civil war" in the country's beer industry.

2.  Diageo adds to Tequila stable with Casamigos acquisition

Diageo has lined up the purchase of the Casamigos super-premium Tequila brand, at a price of up to US$1bn.

1. Constellation Brands moves into cannabis with US$191m Canopy Growth Corp stake purchase

Constellation Brands has agreed to purchase a near-10% stake in Canada-based medicinal cannabis company Canopy Growth Corp.

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