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Irn Bru maker thinks functional for purchase plan

Soft drink maker AG Barr is to expand into the burgeoning market for functional beverages and waters with the acquisition of the Vitsmart and Vitaminsmart labels from Chartered Brands.

S&N rejects improved Carlsberg and Heineken bid

The board of brewer Scottish & Newcastle has today rejected yet another attempt by Carlsberg and Heineken to jointly acquire its operations with an improved 780 pence per share bid,...

S&N detail joint venture arbitration ambitions

As the deadline ticks down for brewer Carlsberg to acquire joint venture partner Scottish & Newcastle, both companies are going for the jugular in a battle that may significantly shake...

Demand strain drives SABMiller Polish expansion

SABMiller's Polish arm Kompania Piwowarska received the go ahead on Friday by competition authorities to acquire local brewer Browar Belgia to ease strain on its production for an undisclosed sum.

Hundred dollar oil to hit soft drink makers hard

As petrol prices temporarily rose above the dreaded $100 per barrel mark for the first time this week, beverage manufacturers have revealed their concerns over the possible cost implications for...

Molson Coors forms Canadian import venture

Molson Coors and Mexican-based brewer Grupo Modelo have formed a new joint venture to tap growing consumer appetite in Canada for imported beer brands.

Drinks manufacturers turn to emerging markets

Emerging markets in Asia and Eastern Europe continue to attract beverage manufacturers, as this week Carlsberg increased its presence in Lao and Coca-Cola said it is looking for acquisitions in...

Peltz threatens Cadbury, pushes for change

The Trian investment group, led by Nelson Peltz, yesterday called for Cadbury to make a raft of improvements to its operations, threatening to take matters out of management's hands if...

Constellation Brands' buy targets finer US wine

Constellation Brands has consolidated its presence within premium wine production by acquiring the US winery portfolio of Fortune Brands for $885m, amidst growing demand for higher quality products in the...

Renamed Cadbury beverage arm faces brighter future

Cadbury Schweppes says that its American Beverages division is defying the increasingly challenging conditions in the global carbonated soft drinks market by performing above the company's expectations for the year.

Carlsberg stands by S&N offer

Carlsberg and Heineken will stand by a rejected joint-offer made last month for British-based rival Scottish and Newcastle (S&N), despite recent research suggesting that an improved bid would likely be...

Revised Carlsberg offer may sway S&N shareholders - survey

Up to 20 per cent of Scottish & Newcastle's (S&N) shareholders may be ready to support Carlberg and Heinekin's bid to buy the UK-based brewer, according to an independent survey....

Coca-Cola makes Aussie beer buy for profit push

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), a major soft drinks producer in Australia and Asia, has acquired the country's Bluetongue brewery brand to extend its premium beer focus in a bid to further...

Briefs: Anheuser-Busch, Nestle and cannabis booze

In the latest news roundup, Anheuser-Busch will continue to step up pricing in the US, Coca-Cola is considering Indian expansion, Nestle take a controlling stake in bottled water group Henniez,...

Beverage briefs: financial rounds ups and Sitevi 07

In this week's round up, a number of European spirits manufacturers and brewers have enjoyed a strong opening six months to the financial year, while a technical show for wine...

Natural trend raises Frutarom sales while profit tumbles

An increased demand for natural ingredients has led to a 23 per cent growth in Frutarom's sales for the third quarter, but profit is down because of rising raw material...

Cadbury's de-merger will boost profits, analysts say

Cadbury's de-merger of its US beverage business should increase margins for the confectionery business by 4.6 percentage points, despite an initial cost of £1bn, estimates Credit Suisse.

S&N says 'nothing is sacred' in profit push

Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) today said that no part of its operations are immune from restructuring designed to drive greater value from its beer brands, part of the company's bid...

SABMiller goes for Grolsch in premium pay-off bid

SABMiller has today received the support of Koninklijke Grolsch's management to move ahead with a proposed €816m acquisition of the Netherlands-based brewer's operations.

Briefs: SABMiller, Constellation, and Carlsberg

SABMiller warns of problems ahead due to rising cost of raw materials; Constellation Brands acquires US wine business of Fortune Brands; and Scottish & Newcastle rejects sweetened takover offer from...

Cadbury reveals demerger proposals

Cadbury Schweppes yesterday filed regulatory documents outlining the demerger of its Americas beverage business into a new company, revealing the company's strategy to maintain its position as the world's largest...

Sales boom for BBH amidst takeover battle

Increasing profitability within the beer markets of Eastern Europe could further complicate the battle between Scottish & Newcastle and Carlsberg for control of their regional joint venture Baltic Beverages Holding...

Sara Lee Q1 profits plunge

Rising commodity costs and increased media and promotional spend have led to a massive 40 per cent drop in profits for US food giant Sara Lee.

Absolut maker sells off yeast plant

Beverage manufacturer V&S has announced its intentions to sell off a yeast production facility in Denmark to Canadian group Lallemand, as it continues to chase improving profitability in its spirit...

Scottish & Newcastle seeks white knight in takeover battle

Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) is considering teaming up with another brewer to buy Carlsberg's stake in Baltic Beverages Holding, the Financial Times reported today.

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