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Japanese brewing giants consider merger

Media reports have suggested that beverage giants Kirin and Suntory are close to a merger but Kirin insists that nothing has been agreed.

ECJ reduces ADM citric acid cartel fine

Archer Daniels Midland has had is fine for taking part in a 1990s citric acid cartel reduced from €39.69m to €29.4m by the European Court of Justice, as it was...

Bemis can acquire Alcan for $1.2 billion

Bemis Company has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire acquire the Food Americas operations of Alcan Packaging for $1.2 billion.

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Lotte considers South Korean brewery construction

Lotte, the South Korea-based retailer, is reportedly considering brewing brands at its own brewery in the country, despite dropping out of an potential acquisition for a leading national beer maker...

Nestle pursues premium plans with Nespresso expansion

Nestle continues to spy growth for its Nespresso coffee machine system and brands with the inauguration today of its second production and distribution centre for the operations.

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XXXX brand has had its day in the UK

Australia-based brewer Lion Nathan is reportedly set to cease selling its four XXXX lager brand on the UK market ending 25 years of its presence in the country.

Barry Callebaut buy targets instant-drink vending innovations

Barry Callebaut has extended its presence in the European market for vending machine beverage mixes to focus further on so-called gourmet chocolate and cappuccino products.

Carlsberg drops Asian investment hint amidst Russian concerns

Eastern Europe’s potential as an antidote to declining beer demand in more mature markets has taken another blow as Carlsberg reportedly prepares to step up its focus on the emerging...

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Symrise appoints new CEO as Linzbach steps down

Heinz-Jürgen Bertram will become the new CEO of the fragrance and flavours supplier Symrise on July 1 2009. joins William Reed Business Media

Don’t miss this video interview with Robert Marr, chief operating officer of William Reed Business Media which recently acquired Decision News Media, publisher of

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Stevia market development will ease price importance

The price of stevia sweeteners relative to sugar need not be an issue as the market develops, according to PureCircle, as supply chain investments are expected to encourage penetration.


Economic depression a stimulus for fresh business

The economic recession is biting across the globe, and bleeding casualties litter all industries, but now is not the time to cower. Those willing to spend may provoke a stimulation... acquired by William Reed Business Media

Decision News Media, publisher of and 16 other websites serving the international food, nutrition, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, has been acquired by UK business-to-business publisher William Reed Business Media....

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Mexican drinks groups face further competition scrutiny - report

Mexico’s competition regulator has opened an investigation into allegations that leading soft drink groups like the Coca-Cola Company may have engaged in unfair practises in the country, according to news...

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Coca-Cola Amatil committed to gradual beer growth

Coca-Cola Amatil, an Australasian bottler and manufacturer of the soft drinks giant’s products, is reportedly committed to its strategy of expansion in the beer sector, despite playing down possible mergers...

Latin America’s appeal for food companies

Latin America presents growing opportunities for investment for food manufacturers, even as the economic crisis takes its toll on American and European markets, according to a new market report.

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Small rise in minimum wage ‘prudent’, says FDF

The voice of the UK’s food and drink sector has expressed support for the relatively small rise in the UK minimum wage, of 1.2 per cent, saying it will help...

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Pepsi battles bottlers over ‘poison pill’ allegations

PepsiCo’s failed attempt to acquire outstanding shares in two of its bottling groups could be heading to court after it filed suit against one of the parties it alleges kept...

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InBev sells South Korean brewer in debt drive

Anheuser-Busch InBev had today announced an agreement with private equity group Kravis Roberts (KKR) to offload its South Korean-based subsidiary Oriental Brewery, thought to be the country’s second largest beer...

UK soft drinks weathering downturn - report

British demand for soft drink products has coped with both the unpredictability of the current economic climate and the seemingly more familiar wet weather, to post slight sales value growth...

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Ajinomoto appoints North American aspartame distributor

Aspartame supplier Ajinomoto Food Ingredients has partnered with to supply the sweetener to its customers in North America.

Craft and big beer brands striking European balance - industry

Regionally made craft beer brands are retaining national and even global importance to some of the world’s largest brewers, as the industry raises concerns over possible declines in sales, say...

Prospective buyers tight-lipped over Alpro sale

Food giants Nestle and Unilever are keeping their cards close to their chest over reports that they are both bidding to acquire the soy foods company Alpro.

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Symrise welcomes new board member

Symrise has appointed Bertelsmann CFO Dr Thomas Rabe to its supervisory board, bringing in new financial expertise.

Nestle recession strategy puts public, shareholders centre-stage

Nestle has indicated that the recession need not be all about cutting costs and keeping prices down, unveiling initiatives to tackle longer-term economic and social challenges, and create shareholder- and...

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