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Heineken, Nestlé, Beam Suntory and Diageo all have launches in our round up of beverages springing onto shelves across the globe. 

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

Beam Suntory insists it will fight a US class action filed last week accusing the company of deceptive advertising for describing San Diego’s Jim Beam bourbon as ‘handcrafted’.


Celebrating Beverage Brilliance! Personality of the Year 2014 open for entries

The global beverage sector is thriving - driven by dynamic and creative individuals around the world. But do you or a colleague have what it takes to be recognized by...

Edrington and Beam Suntory will dissolve travel retail JV in 2015

Spirits giants Edrington and Beam Suntory announced today that they will end their Maxxium travel retail joint venture in April 2015 to ‘better integrate’ their European operations into their global businesses.

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Scotch Whisky Association welcomes 'stability' after nation rejects independence

Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) CEO David Frost has welcomed the 'stability' that a 'No' vote will ensure after the Scottish people voted to reject independence from the rest of the...

Not When Harry Met Sally…When Suntory bought Beam!

Suntory’s $16bn takeover of Beam Inc. shocked many industry insiders but the likes of Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Bacardi likely sighed with relief, according to Rabobank.

Dystopian drinks? ‘Beverages that beep, bleep, yell and waft scents at shoppers’

Manufacturers will spend more on designing packages that ‘blink, beep, yell and waft scents at shoppers', according to food packaging expert Joe Kerry from University College Cork.

'Genius' Bacardi leads Gentleman Jack: Spirits rise for digital stars

Bacardi is unique among spirits brands as a ‘genius’ when it comes to harnessing digital, according to L2's Digital IQ Index, with its online presence a unique form of ‘competitive...

Beam Inc. buyout unlocked ‘exponential’ growth – 2 Gingers Irish whiskey founder

The founder of the US’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey brand 2 Gingers says its buyout by Beam Inc. in December 2012 significantly accelerated growth.

EU spirits industry keen to tap ‘unfulfilled potential’ in Vietnam

spiritsEUROPE tells that the EU is keen to seal a free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam to help members including Diageo, Beam Inc. and Pernod Ricard open up a...

Beam builds massive Kentucky distribution center

Beam Inc. will build a 600,000 square foot distribution center near existing production facilities in Kentucky to improve supply chain efficiencies.

'Suntory is willing to pay a significant premium to acquire growth overseas': Analyst

Born in the USA? Suntory strikes first real foothold with $16bn Beam

Suntory’s $16bn splurge to acquire Beam Inc. is significantly more than what rivals Diageo and Pernod Ricard would have paid for the bourbon giant, one analyst believes, but a seat...


Suntory ‘delighted’ to agree $16bn Beam Inc. takeover

Suntory Holdings and Beam Inc. say they have agreed a $16bn deal that will see the Japan giant take full control of its US rival and maker of Jim Beam...


‘Sue the bears’ and naturally social spirits: Jim Beam social content manager Q&A

We caught up with Jim Beam’s social content manager Jason Miller to ask how ‘sexy’ spirits speak to different social media channels and the Beam Inc. bourbon brand’s successes in...

Knob Creek eyeing Boardwalk Empire-driven US bourbon demand with flavor innovation

Knob Creek has launched its first ever flavor innovation, Smoked Maple Bourbon - a development it hopes will meet increasing US consumer demand for high-proof, pre-prohibition style spirits.

Coke Misses Cut in Forbes List: Top 10 Most Innovative Beverage Firms

There’s no place for Coke in the Forbes 2013 list of The World’s Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, with Starbucks leading the beverage pack above Pernod Ricard and Beam Inc.

High-end bourbon swing puts spring in Jim Beam’s step

Beam Inc. CEO Matt Shattock is excited by premiumization within the fast-growing bourbon category that will net higher profits for key brands including ‘name on the door’ Jim Beam.

Beverage brands meet Facebook fans: Top 5 amusing moments, from Jim Beam to Qream

Platforms like Facebook allow brands such as Jim Beam, Coke and Qream to connect with consumers directly and engage them in brand-related banter, often with amusing consequences, as our gallery...


Skinnygirl cocktail sales growth slims down 23% for Beam Inc.

Beam Inc.'s sales of Skinnygirl RTD sales fell 23% in H1 2013 with the firm blaming terrible US weather and a challenging year-on-year comparison after impressive growth last year.

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South America 'ripe with opportunity' for Beam power brands

Spirits manufacturer Beam Inc. has appointed Pryce Greenow as MD emerging markets, South America, to develop growth in promising regional markets for its 'Power Brands'.


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sales? Beam Inc. profits from Maker’s Mark 'proofgate'

Beam Inc. revealed yesterday that bourbon brand Maker’s Mark Q1 2013 sales rose 44% due to short-lived plans for an alcohol cut that prompted a sales spike, but is this...

Beam Inc. Scotches talk of Teacher’s whiskey losing Indian No.1 spot

Beam Inc. insists to that Teacher’s remains the bestselling Scotch Whiskey brand in India, despite press reports suggesting it has lost that position to Pernod Ricard’s 100 Pipers in...

Booze woes

Two drinking tales give reasons for India's dampened spirits

The latest financial results by two of India’s spirits giants makes for fascinating reading and gives a real insight to casual observers as to the state of the drinks industry...

diageo h1 2013 results

Diageo CEO bowled Cuervo ball, but hints at 'exciting' 2013 tequila entry

Diageo CEO Paul Walsh says he was ‘somewhat disappointed’ by the breakdown of talks to acquire the Jose Cuervo tequila brand, but hints his firm may make an ‘organic entry’...

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

The potential upsides in Diageo’s potential acquisition of a majority stake in India's United Spirits (USL) are clear but achieving acceptable profitability from the business may be tricky, according to...

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