This week's top 10 drinks stories
It was an intense week for the drinks industry as Coopers came under fire for its association with The Bible Society, Nant Distilling going into receivership and CCA announced an executive-level reshuffle.
1. Peter McLoughlin stepped in as Coca-Cola Amatil MD
It was a busy week for Coca Cola Amatil following MD Brian O'Connell's unexpected departure, the retirement of three board members and a new MD for Molson Coors Australia.
2. Pubs boycotted Coopers beer
Pubs started boycotting Coopers following its beer appearing in a video created by the Bible Society Australia on same-sex marriage.
Tim and Melanie Cooper released an apology video following the backlash, cancelled the release of Bible Society commemorative cans and joined Australian Marriage Equality.
3. TWE revealed its new French label will be on shelves by November
"It’s a wine planned in Melbourne, executed from Napa, grown in France and shipped to north Asia."
The AFR also reported that TWE's turnaround "relied on leadership and culture"
4. CUB scooped the only Aussie medal at the DBA Awards
Mercury Hard Cider took out a bronze medal in the beverages category at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.
5. India's first-ever wine report raised the question: is it a missed opportunity for Aussie wine?
Indian Wine Insider 2017 holds interesting insights for Australian winemakers.
6. Diageo opened its first distillery for Bulleit
Diageo finally opened its first-ever distillery for the booming Bulleit bourbon brand near Louisville, Kentucky.
7. AB InBev revealed it's preparing to brew beer on Mars
AB InBev announced a “Bud on Mars” initiative with the aim of becoming the first brewery in space.
8. A Canberra vineyard won the world's best wine label award
Canberra district winery Four Winds was awarded the Overall Supreme Champion trophy at the 2017 International Wine Design Challenge.
9. AB InBev revealed 3 ways it's marketing beer in a tech-led world
Tina Wung, Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation, addressed ad:tech Sydney 2017.
10. Nant Distilling went into receivership
The news followed its sale to AWH falling through amid revelations that more than 700 barrels sold to investors by Nant Distilling "have never been filled with whisky."