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

PepsiCo, Pepsi Bottling Group in Russia

RUSSIA: PepsiCo, Pepsi Bottling Group to spend $1bn

PepsiCo and its bottling affiliate, Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), is to invest US$1bn in Russia over the next three years.

Bacardi CFO retirement

BERMUDA: Bacardi CFO confirms retirement plans

Bacardi has confirmed a change of CFO, its second in less than two years.

EU alcohol meeting

EU: Health ministers to discuss alcohol abuse

New EU president nation Sweden will this week host a meeting of member state health ministers to discuss the fight against alcohol-related harm in the region.

Beam Global departure

US: Beam Global exec gets VP sales, marketing post at Southern Wine & Spirits

Tim Condron is to leave Beam Global Spirits & Wine to become vice president of sales and marketing for the Beam Global portfolio at distributor Southern Wine & Spirits of America.

Guinness strike

IRELAND: Strike hits Diageo Guinness brewery

Diageo has secured a court injunction against picketers who forced the firm to suspend Guinness production at its St James's Gate brewery in Ireland, as part of a nationwide electricians' strike.

Carlsberg brewery closure

CHINA: Violence forces Carlsberg brewery closure in Xinjiang

Street protests and violence have forced Carlsberg to close its brewery in Urumqi, the capital city of China's Xinjiang province.

Diageo closure protests

UK: Government ups pressure on Diageo

Harriet Harman, a cabinet minister in the UK Government, has backed a growing campaign to persuade Diageo to rethink plans to cut more than 10% of its workforce in Scotland.

C&C Group makes hay

IRELAND: C&C Group bets on sunshine as cider sales lift

C&C Group is to spend an extra EUR8m (US$11m) to promote its cider brands after good weather lifted the firm's net sales in the first four months of its fiscal year.

SABMiller Europe forecast

EUR: SABMiller Europe expects flat beer volumes for FY

SABMiller is unlikely to grow beer sales by volume in Europe this year, compared to previously predicted growth of up to 4%, the brewer's managing director for the region has said.

Diageo rubbishes Britvic talk

UK: Diageo in move to acquire Britvic?

Diageo is not looking to acquire Britvic, despite recent press reports, just-drinks understands.