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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.

S&N strikes back in Carlsberg joint venture battle

Update: Since publication, Carlsberg and Heineken have tendered an offer of 720 pence per share for Scottish & Newcastle.     In a statement, S&N said it rejected the offer,...

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With all the threats facing food and beverage production -- from contamination in the food chain, to rising input prices -- there appears to be one menace that towers above...

No plain sailing for brewers' S&N aims

With a formal bid by Carlsberg and Heineken for European rival Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) yet to be submitted, the potential buyers already appear to be having difficulties with the...

Rexam to add new can plant in Denmark

Rexam said yesterday it would build a new beverage can plant in Denmark to meet increasing demand in Europe.

Remy Cointreau boosted by brand strength

Rémy Cointreau says it is confident of achieving "significant" improvements in organic profitability during 2008 on the strength of brands sales in emerging markets over the last half year. ...

Innovation needed to boost lactic acid profits, Purac says

Lactic acid producer Purac has said price increases for its product have not been enough to offset the cost of raw materials and energy.

SABMiller defies cost challenges through global growth

SABMiller continues to drive volume growth with the announcement today that lager volumes have increased 11 per cent for the first fiscal half of the year, attributed to the group's...

Pepsi profits despite commodities crunch

PepsiCo's third quarter revenues increased by 11 per cent to $10.1bn (€7bn) over the same period last year, the company reported yesterday.

Beer giants outline US merger plan

SABMiller and Molson Coors yesterday announced plans to combine their US operations to improve cost efficiency in the market place.

Cadbury Schweppes to list soft drink arm

Cadbury Schweppes today opted to demerge its €10bn beverage arm from its confectionary business by listing the unit as a separate company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Global consumers steer towards premium beer

Sales of premium beer continue to outgrow globally over private label and discounted varieties, according to the latest findings by beverage research group Canadean.

Sunny Delight shines focus on Kraft brands

Juice maker Sunny Delight hopes to profit from Kraft's latest restructuring drive with the acquisition of the food giant's fruit-based soft drink and vitamin water brands in the US.

Pepsi raises profit estimates amidst restructuring aims

Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) has lifted its full year operating profit guidance by about two percentage points to between 10 per cent and 11 per cent after revenues rose by...

Emerging markets behind SABMiller profit boost

SABMiller says that a continued focus on expanding in emerging beer markets like Africa, Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe has allowed it to boost lager sales by...

Cott amends expectations for annus horribilis

International branded and private label soft drink manufacturer Cott has lowered it earning expectations for 2007, claiming it to be one of the most difficult years in its history.

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