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Diageo plan to split Scottish & Newcastle

Diageo approached SABMiller to discuss carving up fellow alcoholic drinks giant, Scottish & Newcastle, adding to speculation over industry consolidation.

Regulator says levying fees could harm independence

The EU's food safety agency has expressed reservations about a plan by the European Commission to make companies pay fees for risk assessments.

Coca-Cola reaps global rewards

Beverage giant Coca-Cola has started the year on a high, posting its strongest first quarter results in half a decade due to growth in key international markets.

Heineken and co pay high price for beer cartel

Heineken has landed the seventh largest fine ever handed out by EU competition authorities, for a beer cartel it operated with other brewers, including Grolsch and InBev.

Falling coffee prices no cause for alarm, says ICO

Coffee prices fell again last month and are expected to continue dropping in April, the International Coffee Organisation has said.

Union threatens strikes at Coca-Cola

Plans to cut 3,500 jobs in a restructuring drive at Coca-Cola's main bottling arm may lead to widespread industrial action in the US, warned a prominent union for soft drinks...

Cott eyes move for Cadbury drinks

Rumours were again swirling around Cadbury Schweppes this weekend, after the world's largest private label soft drinks maker said it was eyeing a move for the group's US drinks arm.

San Miguel cans Del Monte venture

San Miguel is to sell its minority stake in Pacific-based Del Monte, which it holds in a joint venture with the NutriAsia group.

Late lager surge boosts SABMiller

Higher growth across several beer markets in SABMiller's final quarter has boosted the brewer's full year performance.

Knives come out in Danone China dispute

The ongoing spat between French giant Danone and Chinese business partner Wahaha is no longer a laughing matter with the multinational threatening to go to the court over the disagreement.

Tate & Lyle files ITC case for sucralose patent infringement

Tate & Lyle has filed a United States International Trade Commission (ITC) case over alleged infringement of its patented sucralose manufacturing technology.

Wahaha rebuffs Danone's advances

Chinese beverage group Wahaha has hit out at plans by business partner Danone to acquire the groups remaining assets.

SABMiller milks local experience in Vietnam

Vinamilk, one of Vietnam's leading dairy companies, is to team up with global brewer SABMiller as its looks to enter the country's dynamic beer market.

SAB to build new brewery in Russia

SABMiller, the international brewer, has said it will invest $170m in a new brewery in Russia as the firm continues to profit from demand for premium beer in the country.

EU steps up fight against India's spirit tax

The European Union this week escalated its dispute with India over the country's import tariffs for wine and spirits, calling on the World Trade Organisation to intervene.

Anheuser-Busch looks to China

US brewer Anheuser-Busch is to expand its Chinese distribution outlets as it looks to offset declining sales growth in its domestic operations.

UK Budget leaves wine sector sour

The UK wine and spirits industry has said it is 'deeply disappointed' by the UK chancellor's plans to raise duty tax on wine, announced in his 2007 Budget Speech Wednesday.

Cadbury to cut 438m out of costs, reveals newspaper

Cadbury Schwepps will attempt to drive down costs in its confectionary arm by £300m (€438m) a year and enter the US sports drink market, according to a newspaper report.

Nestle cuts water use at manufacturing plants

In a bid to cater to consumers' environmental concerns, Nestlé has pledged to further cut its water use and effluent discharges.

Cadbury set for confectionery split

Cadbury Schweppes has said it will separate its confectionery and US soft drinks businesses, sending ripples of speculation across the financial sector about the firm's motives.

Cadbury to split drinks and confectionery businesses

Cadbury Schweppes has said it will separate its confectionery and US soft drinks businesses, sending ripples of speculation across the financial sector about the firm's motives.

Hart set to create Tetra Pak rival with SIG takeover

New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart is now set to take over SIG Holding, creating a rival to Tetra Pak in the beverage packaging market.

Coffee price decline in February, says ICO

Coffee prices recorded a further downward correction in February but were still at higher levels than the average for 2006, according to the ICO.

Amstel deal leaves SAB with a headache

Heineken has taken back its Amstel beer brand in South Africa, leaving previous licence owner and rival brewer, SABMiller, facing an uphill struggle to maintain sales in the country.

Rexam to sell glass business to Ardagh

Ardagh Glass today announced an agreement to buy Rexam's glass container business for €660m.

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