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

Camparis Aperol captured the imagination of drinks analysts this week

Campari's Aperol captured the imagination of drinks analysts this week

This month, our white spirits commentator has been looking at lists. Lots and lots of lists. His findings, from a spirits perspective, suggest we should keep one eye on China's baijiu producers - and not merely for competitive purposes.

Campari Group's Aperol brand has turned in another outstanding set of numbers this week, prompting some analysts to suggest renaming the company.

There will likely be smiles in Milan this week, with Campari Group's HQ beaming after the company's bumper third-quarter results yesterday. And, who'd blame them?

The future looks overwhelmingly bright for the huge international whisky category, but stock constraints continue to hamper growth, especially for Japanese and Irish whisky brands. The new Global International Whisky Insights 2018 report from just-drinks and The IWSR highlights this continuation of a purple patch of growth for non-Scotch whisky, which has moved from volumes of 270m cases in 2013 to almost 315m cases in 2017.

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during October, a month that saw The Coca-Cola Co continue its shopping spree and rumours swirl around Constellation Brands' future wine strategy.

Meanwhile, on our news pages:

The CEO of Carlsberg has said the brewer aims to be present in 31 Chinese cities by the end of next year.

Remy Cointreau is to give all buyers of its Louis XIII Cognac decanters instant access to an online private members club by way of a contactless chip.

The American Beverage Association has defended its members after a New York Times article revealed the amount of funding The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo are giving to anti-grocery tax ads.

Greene King is on the hunt for a new CEO as Rooney Anand prepares to step down after 13 years at the helm.

Brooklyn Brewery has announced another change of partner in Australia, with Coopers Brewery making way for Lion-owned Little Creatures.

The residents of Michigan have voted to legalise the recreational use of marijuana, as two more states voted in favour of medicinal use.

The CEO of Monster Beverage Corp has highlighted a disagreement between his company and The Coca-Cola Co over the latter's plan to introduce a brace of new energy variants.

Chinese higher-end spirits consumers are moving from "show" to "know", Diageo has said, as the trend of conspicuous consumption makes way for a greater desire for knowledge and experience.

Henkell & Co's Copestick Murray wine division in the UK is set to merge with Grupo Freixenet's operations in the country, following Henkell's purchase of majority control of Freixenet earlier this year.

Company results

A remarkable performance by the Aperol brand has contributed to a strong set of figures from Campari Group in both the third quarter of 2018 and the year to date.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits remains intent on offloading some brands from its portfolio, despite more upbeat noises from the group's latest results.

The buy-in of stock prior to a price increase has helped Monster Beverage Corp enjoy another bumper quarter, although the final three months of 2018 could see the company's rate of growth slow.

A flat performance from Coca-Cola HBC's established markets reporting region in the third quarter suggests the group may become more interested in its developing and emerging markets going forward.


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