The week in drinks

The week in drinks

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

China’s community of affluent, Lafite-loving wine drinkers has almost certainly peaked, according to a new report, creating opportunities for exporters to target other consumer groups in the country’s growing wine market.

The head of Indian alcohol production and retail company the Wave Group was shot dead in Delhi last weekend.

Vranken-Pommery Monopole has announced a capital increase of EUR42.5m (US$54.3m) to help finance the acquisition of five companies, including Champagne house Bissinger & Co. 

A coming “wave of consolidations” in China's domestic soft drinks industry, sparked by PepsiCo's Tingyi alliance, will allow smaller international firms to gain a foothold in the country, a new study suggests.

Goose Island founder & CEO John Hall is stepping down at the brewer to help establish a craft beer advisory board at parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev).
Anheuser-Busch InBev's US$20.1bn acquisition of Grupo Modelo is a “test case” in seeing how competition authorities would react to a “mega-merger” between the Belgium brewer and SABMiller, according to a new report.
SABMiller is using innovation to drive Europe volumes in the hope that higher margin products can reverse declining profits from the region, the company has revealed.
Central European Distribution Corp has called on its biggest shareholder, Russian Standard, to bid for the debt-laden group or make a “definitive” offer to help it tackle its financial problems.
Winemakers who missed out on early investment in emerging markets can find fresh growth in Mexico, Nigeria, Poland and Brazil, a new study has claimed.
China's Cognac market is slowing down but there is still plenty of room for growth, an analyst has said.