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Cadbury Schweppes eyes US bottler buyout

Cadbury Schweppes may be about to buy up its Dr Pepper/Seven Up bottling partner in the US, says a report, indicating a growing consolidation trend in the US soft drinks...

Less is more, says Coca-Cola's Isdell

Quality not quantity was the catchphrase for Coca-Cola at its first quarter results conference, as the group said it would sacrifice volumes for higher margin beverages to lift profits.

San Miguel to cut costs in China, report

San Miguel, the biggest food and drink maker in south east Asia, will close one of its breweries in southern China this year as part of a cost-cutting drive in...

China, Russia buoy SABMiller sales

Emerging beer markets in Asia and Eastern Europe have continued to buoy SABMiller over the last year, amid problems in North and Central America, the firm said in a trading...

Revised credit rating underlines Nestlé's strength

Standard & Poor's has revised its Nestle outlook from negative to stable though it warns that its ratings could be lowered in the future.

First lawsuits filed over benzene in soft drinks

Lawyers in the US announced yesterday they were taking two soft drinks firms to court, alleging lab tests showed drinks contaminated with benzene above America's safety limit for tap water.

S&N buys Foster's European business

Scottish and Newcastle has taken over the Foster's lager brand in Europe, Turkey and the Russian Federation, after years of producing the amber nectar in these regions under licence for...

Fizzy drinks sales fall flat for Britvic

Soft drinks firm Britvic has announced a 7.3 per cent drop in half-year carbonates sales as a slump in the fizzy drinks market impacts revenue and share price.

Carlsberg expands in western China

Danish brewer Carlsberg has signed another joint venture agreement in China that will see it strengthen its foothold in the western provinces.

Cott cleared to buy Macaw, for now

The door is open to the biggest consolidation yet on Britain's private label soft drinks market, after competition authorities provisionally backed Cott Corporation's takeover of rival Macaw.

Pernod profits beat predictions

Pernod Ricard's share price rose steadily after the group's net profits beat several predictions, in its first financial check-up since taking over Allied Domecq.

Drinks industry cautious on UK budget

The UK government's budget for 2006 was greeted with a mixture of praise and stern criticism by the drinks industry, as some felt the Chancellor had ignored important measures.

Sonic wave technology buys into distribution system

Pursuit Dynamics, the UK-based creators of a novel sonic wave processing technology, today announced the purchase of a specialist food and drink equipment distributor.

SABMiller in talks to buy Foster's breweries

SABMiller is in talks to buy Foster's overseas breweries in Asia, has learnt, as the potential sale offers brewers a better foothold in one of the world's fastest growing...

Scotch Whisky makers fuming as India keeps tariffs

The Scotch Whisky Association says it will ask the EU to make an official complaint at the WTO if India does not lift excessive duty tax on imported spirit drinks.

Greencore pull-out to end Ireland's sugar industry

Greencore, the ingredients and food service group, said EU sugar reform would force it to pull out of the sugar sector this year, effectively spelling the end of sugar processing...

Chirac dismisses French protectionism claims

Europe has no time for national champions if it is to compete in the world, warned the European Commission president Wednesday, as French president Jacques Chirac dismissed claims that France...

Coca-Cola attacks bottlers in Powerade dispute

Coca-Cola said it would fight to put down a lawsuit filed against it by more than 50 of its own bottlers over the distribution of sports drink Powerade to Wal-Mart stores.

More bottlers to sue Coca-Cola in distribution dispute

More than 50 bottlers have now lined up to sue Coca-Cola in the US in a move to stop the soft drinks group distributing its Powerade sports drink directly to...

Nestlé: Americas offset slow times in Europe

Nestlé's Americas division has established itself as the food firm's most important business region for the first time following difficult conditions and subdued sales growth in Europe.

UK, Russia hold up S&N beer sales

Strong performances in Russia and the UK helped brewer Scottish & Newcastle to improve sales and profits in 2005, helping to offset the market slump in mainland Western Europe.

First soft drinks obesity lawsuit set for Massachusetts

A lawsuit aimed at getting soft drinks out of US schools on obesity grounds will be filed in Massachusetts, just as lawmakers there prepare to vote on a school junk...

Emerging markets lift PepsiCo sales

Emerging markets across Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America came good for both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola in 2005, increasing their importance in the two rivals' growth strategies.

SABMiller buys into China's beer-loving Fujian province

SABMiller has moved further into southern China by spending $8.9m to acquire another brewery, hoping to take advantage of the area's above average beer consumption.

Innovation drive hits Coca-Cola profits

Coca-Cola saw profits tumble by more than a quarter in the last three months of 2005, underlining the challenges that still lie ahead for the soft drinks firm in 2006.

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