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Here's a look at the biggest stories and the best content from just-drinks last week.

In the week that the group released its full-year results, just-drinks spoke exclusively to the CEO of Treasury Wine Estates

In the week that the group released its full-year results, just-drinks spoke exclusively to the CEO of Treasury Wine Estates

Earlier this year, Constellation Brands reported its results for the 12 months to the end of February. Sales in fiscal-2019 came in 7% up on the corresponding period a year earlier, when the group's topline also increased by the same percentage. Here, just-drinks considers Constellation's performance over the last five years.

This month, guest consumer trends columnist Lucy Britner explores how DNA testing will change what we drink, offering her own results as a bellwether.

With its distinctly peppery, spicy flavour profile, rye whisky presents a challenge to the average consumer's palate, thinks Neil Ridley, but one that a new breed of whisky consumers appears keen to explore in more detail. So, why is the UK craft distilling scene getting excited for such an innovative, yet relatively extreme, spirit?

Diageo's European arm has formed a distribution joint-venture with Cuba's Government, mirroring a similar agreement for rival Pernod Ricard on the Caribbean island.

Last year, I spoke to Juan Gonzalez, the head of Cuba's state-owned rum company, Cuba Ron. It was one of the most entertaining afternoons of my life.

Earlier this week, Treasury Wine Estates reported a healthy showing in the 12 months to the end of June, with group sales rising by 12% on the corresponding period a year earlier. just-drinks editor Olly Wehring caught up with group CEO Michael Clarke in a call to Australia yesterday.

In part II of an exclusive interview, Treasury Wine Estates CEO Michael Clarke talks to just-drinks editor Olly Wehring about his ambitions in the US, the company's pricing strategy as well as aborted plans to launch a 19 Crimes whiskey.

At the start of this year, labelling manufacturer Avery Dennison announced a collaboration with technology start-up Everledger to develop a blockchain-based labelling offering that would allow wine bottles to be tracked using near-field communication technology. GlobalData's Rosie Lintott spoke to Julie Vargas, director of Avery Dennison's global market development for radio frequency identification (RFID) in the food and drink sector, about the project and to find out more about blockchain's broader industry applications.

On the company results front:

Treasury Wine Estates has enjoyed a bumper 12 months, with sales in fiscal-2019 leaping by low double digits as its Asia performance improved by over a third.

Carlsberg has shrugged off challenges in the UK and Russia to post a mid-single-digit rise in first-half sales.

The loss of a raft of 'Allied Brands', prompted by last year's merger of Keuring Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, has hindered Keurig Dr Pepper's soft drinks performance in the first half of this year.

Meanwhile, on our news pages:

Beer still tops spirits and wine as the US consumer's favourite beverage, but a new Gallup survey shows spirits has closed the gap with wine for second place.

Constellation Brands is to sell Canadian whisky Black Velvet to US peer Heaven Hill Brands for US$266m.

Coca-Cola HBC is to roll out Costa Coffee vending machines to offices, retail outlets and public places as part of plans for the coffee chain acquired by The Coca-Cola Co earlier this year.

Heineken is firming up its capacity in South Africa as the brewer looks to loosen Anheuser-Busch InBev's grip on the country's beer market.


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