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Sara Lee plans coffee kick to beverages

Food and beverage group Sara Lee has announced plans for the future growth of its hot beverage operations with an increased focus on premium brands and emerging markets like Russia.

China Water & Drinks acquires stake in bottle maker

China Water & Drinks plans to acquire a stake in the largest water packaging manufacturer in China, a bid by the company to control its supply chain and bring down...

InBev refocuses towards profitability

InBev lifted its organic revenues by 8.2 per cent during the first half of the fiscal year to €6.7bn as the group continued to restructure its international beer operations towards...

Spirit brands drive Diageo profit growth

Diageo today forecast organic operating profit will increase by nine per cent in the current financial year after posting strong gains across the majority of its big brands, including Guinness.

Amcor's results signal shift in packaging market

Armed with a $1bn (€604.2m) war chest, Amcor has signaled it is on the lookout for further acquisitions, indicating that the packaging industry's current round of consolidation is not about...

Mild weather lifts Heineken sales

Mild temperatures drove an 8 per cent organic revenues increase to €6.1bn for Dutch brewer Heineken during the first fiscal half.

Dairy farming boom adds to processing woes

A number of leading dairy co-operatives worldwide have announced continuing rises in payouts to their suppliers and farmers as the cost of milk continues to surge.

V&S profits ahead of sell off

Spirits producer V&S hopes it can improve on its previous full year profitability ahead of the sale of its operations.

Coca-Cola confirms South Korean sale

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has this week confirmed the sale of its South Korean bottling division to local group LG Household & Health Care.

Nestle nourished by health aims

Nestle's drive to be a major health and nutrition player resulted in a strong first half fiscal performance for the company.

Pepsi reduces bottling business units

The Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) this week announced it is realigning its organisation, reducing its units in the US and Canada from eight to six.

Emerging markets boost for Coca-Cola brands

Emerging markets in Europe and Asia continue to boost the global profitability of Coca-Cola's brands as two of its regional bottlers yesterday posted optimistic growth expectations for the fiscal year.

Costs take toll on San Miguel's profitability

San Miguel's first half profits have taken a hit as it continues to diversify its operations into mining and power to offset uncertainty's in its core food and beverage brands.

Lion Capital aims to squeeze Russian juice potential

Private investment firm Lion Capital yesterday became the latest foreign firm to enter the burgeoning Russian fruit juice market through the acquisition of local manufacturer Nidan.

Carlsberg confident over full-year growth

Carlsberg today lifted its fiscal earning expectations for the second time this year on the back of a stronger than expected performance during the six month period up to June 30.

Weather rains on Scottish & Newcastle's performance

Eastern Europe continues to boost the fortunes of brewer Scottish & Newcastle, driving comparable sales growth of 7.8 per cent to £2.1bn (€3bn) for the first half of the year...

Eastern Promise drives Baltic Beverages growth

Eastern European beer group Baltic Beverages Holding (BBH) increased net sales by 37.1 per cent to €1.3bn during the first half of the current fiscal year, as its continued to...

Cadbury's revenues boosted by streamlining operations

Cadbury Schweppes today announced in its first-half fiscal results that it may opt to split from its American beverages business in place of selling it, should the debt market fail...

Brands drive full year Pernod Ricard growth

Pernod Ricard posted a 6.2 per cent increase in sales for the financial year ending 30 June on the back of strong growth throughout its international markets.

SABMiller boosted by international volume growth

SABMiller enjoyed a strong start to its fiscal year, with organic sales volumes of its lager brands up 13 per cent in the quarter ended 30 June the company said today.

Diversification drive benefits Coca-Cola Enterpises

Coca-Cola Enterprises posted a four per cent increase in sales to $5.6bn (€4bn) for its second quarter as it continues to restructure its operations amidst changing consumer demand in the...

Mexican coke bottler enjoys soft drink boon

Coca-Cola's Latin American arm posted a 7.4 per cent rise in sales to €2.3bn during the second quarter of the year, as its soft drinks brands led across-the-board revenue growth.

Debt concerns hamper Cadbury sale

The sale of Cadbury Schweppes' US beverage division has been setback by unfavorable market conditions that could undervalue the operations, the company said today.

US beer boost for Bud maker

Anheuser-Busch lifted net sales by 6.1 per cent to $4.5bn (€3.2bn) during the second fiscal quarter, led by strong growth particularly in its US beer operations.

San Miguel announces new business ventures

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Southeast Asia's largest food and drinks manufacturer yesterday announced plans to diversify into mining, power, infrastructure and property to boost growth.