Here’s a round-up of this week’s top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.

Diageo is set to cut just over a quarter of the workforce at its headquarters in London, according to local reports, although just-drinks understands that the number could be markedly lower.

Morgan Stanley this week released its second survey of US wholesalers, which found increased confidence is the country’s spirits market. 

Constellation Brands’ wine business is set to emulate its beer growth and add further momentum to the company, an analyst has said.

A new Johnnie Walker range is not intended to emulate Bourbon, the brand’s global director has said, after initial expressions all featured a North American style.

Renewed distributor optimism for Diageo’s Captain Morgan has added weight to prospects of a US turnaround for the rum brand.

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The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has not had a notable impact on Diageo’s business, according to the president of its Europe, Russia & Turkey unit.

The exports of spirits and of still wine from France headed in opposite directions in the first six months of this year, according to recently-released figures.

Luxco has set up a company to operate its Kentucky whiskey distillery, which is set to begin operations next year.

English winery Chapel Down is to ship 10,000 bottles to the US before the end of the year as it ramps up its official launch in the country.

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has called upon producers and distributors to highlight imitation products in international markets.