With the end of the year looming, just-drinks is running a series of 'Top Tens of the Year' in the run-up to Christmas.

Here are the ten most read news stories on just-drinks in 2012.

10: US/MEXICO: Anheuser-Busch InBev agrees to buy remaining Grupo Modelo stake for US$20bn

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to buy the 50% share in Grupo Modelo it does not already own in a deal worth US$20.1bn. 

9: GLOBAL: Coca-Cola Co exposes plastic bag as fake

An online video claiming that The Coca-Cola Company is planning to start selling its flagship cola in branded plastic bags is a fake, the company has revealed.

8: FRANCE/UK: Remy Cointreau in talks to buy Bruichladdich

Remy Cointreau has entered into "exclusive negotiations" with Bruichladdich Distillery Company with a view to buying the Scotch whisky producer outright.

7: UK: Britvic, AG Barr ponder merger

UK soft drinks companies Britvic and AG Barr are in talks over a possible merger.

6: UK: Waverley TBS enters administration

UK drinks supplier Waverley TBS has fallen into administration.

5: US: Anheuser-Busch InBev sets-up craft beer board as Goose Island chief steps aside

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).

4: AUS: Accolade Wines CEO exits

Accolade Wines has announced that CEO Troy Christensen is leaving the company today (30 November) by "mutual agreement".

3: RUSSIA/US: US$310m injection wins CEDC stake rise for Russian Standard

Russian Standard has agreed to pump up to US$310m into Central European Distribution Corporation in a move which could see the Russian firm take a 28% stake in its vodka rival.

2: SINGAPORE: Fraser & Neave greenlights Heineken Asia Pacific Breweries takeover

The shareholders of Fraser & Neave have voted in favour of Heineken's proposed takeover of their Asia Pacific Breweries joint venture.

1: INDIA: Diageo agrees US$2.05bn deal for United Spirits stake

Diageo has agreed a deal to acquire a 53.4% controlling stake in United Spirits for INR111.7bn (US$2.05bn), the companies said today.