The ten most-read news stories on just-drinks in 2014

The ten most-read news stories on just-drinks in 2014

With the end of the year looming, just-drinks is running a series of 'Top Tens of the Year' in the run-up to Christmas. Here are the ten most-read news stories on just-drinks in 2014.

10: SABMiller, Coca-Cola Co and Coca-Cola Sabco to create Africa bottler unit

SABMiller has secured an agreement with The Coca-Cola Co and the majority shareholders in Coca-Cola Sabco to create the world's tenth largest Coca-Cola bottler

9: Champagne will not regain lost ground until 2018 - research

The Champagne market will only return to the level of its 2011 record high in 2018, on the back of a recovery in its main European markets such as the UK, Germany and Belgium, and growth outside Europe, a new just-drinks report has forecast.

8: Whisky downturn slows Diageo's Scotch expansion spend

The downturn in sales of Scotch globally has prompted Diageo to slow the pace of its whisky production expansion in Scotland, just-drinks has learned.

7: China takes lead in red wine consumption

China is now the world’s biggest consumer of red wine after a 136% jump in drinking levels in the last five years, according to latest figures.

6: Peltz demands PepsiCo shows data to back split rejection

Nelson Peltz has called on PepsiCo to deliver “not just platitudes and rhetoric”, in an open letter demanding the soft drinks company outline in detail why it refuses to split its beverage and snacks units.

5: Diageo offloads Bushmills to Casa Cuervo for Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is set to regain full control of the Don Julio Tequila brand from joint partner Casa Cuervo, with Bushmills Irish whiskey going in the other direction.

4: Treasury Wine Estates pulls plug on takeover talks

Treasury Wine Estates has pulled out of negotiations with both of its potential takeover partners.

3: Coca-Cola Co secures stake in Monster Beverage Corp for US$2.15bn

The Coca-Cola Co is to hand its energy portfolio to Monster Beverage Corp after agreeing to pay US$2.15bn for a 16.7% stake in the energy drinks company.

2: Heineken rejects SABMiller purchase proposal

Heineken has confirmed it has received a takeover approach from SABMiller but that the proposal is “non-actionable”.

1: Suntory agrees US$16bn deal to acquire Beam Inc

Japan's Suntory Holdings has agreed to acquire US-based spirits firm Beam Inc for US$16bn.