The week in drinks

The week in drinks

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

IRELAND: Irish whiskey boom set to continue - research

Irish whiskey's appeal to younger drinkers has shielded the sector from global recession and positioned it for strong growth over the next four years, according to Datamonitor.

US: Beam Global appoints Maker's Mark marketing exec

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has confirmed that it has created the position of vice president of global marketing for its Maker's Mark Bourbon brand.

US: Charmer Sunbelt Group picks up Foster's Wine Estates distribution

Foster's Group's US wine division has switched distribution partners in the country in an attempt to “align with distributors who share our growth vision”.

IRELAND: C&C Group “pleased” with FY, despite profits dip

C&C Group has reported a slide in full-year profits, despite an increase in sales in the period.

AUS: Foster's Group confirms beer, wine split

Foster's Group has today (26 May) confirmed that it will demerge its beer and wine units.

BERMUDA: Bacardi announces new CMO

Bacardi has confirmed the appointment of Silvia Lagnado as its chief marketing officer.

FRANCE: Laurent-Perrier chairman resigns

Champagne house Laurent-Perrier has confirmed that its chairman, Stéphane Tsassis, has resigned “for personal reasons”.

FRANCE: New flavours lift Orangina-Schweppes FY sales

Orangina-Schweppes France has reported an increase in sales for 2009 and has outperformed the French soft drinks market so far in 2010.

US: Constellation Brands sees credit rating cut

Standard & Poor's has lowered its credit rating for Constellation Brands after predicting that there is little prospect for improvement at the wine giant in 2010.

US: Jones Soda expands retail distribution with Walmart

Jones Soda has signed a deal with Walmart, which will see the beverage firm's products appear in the US retailer’s stores.