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News briefs: Sara Lee and soft drink bottles

This week, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola reportedly review their bottle sizes within the US, and the beverage division of Sara Lee helps ensure the company remains on target for full year...

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Adjusting to Mars' centre stage ambitions

While in the Hollywood stratosphere, it seems that you are not anyone these days unless you're a duo, in the glamorous world of food manufacture, the team-up route to success...

Pepsi invests in UK aquaceuticals

PepsiCo has beefed up its presence in the European functional waters market by acquiring three-year-old UK start-up V Water for an undisclosed fee.

News briefs: Cott, S&N and Gatorade

This week, Cott posts declining profits for its first quarter, S&N is finally split up by its new owners and Gatorade is reportedly facing stiff competition within its domestic US...

EU glass bottle makers accused of price fixing

A German member of the European Parliament (MEP) has called on the European Commission (EC) to investigate claims that glass bottle makers have been fixing prices.

News briefs: Nestle tea, Coca-Cola

This week, Nestle could be set to team up with Japan-based Suntory to distribute green tea drinks in the US and Coca-Cola kicks off production at a new bottling line...

Tetra Pak sales reach record high

Sales at Swedish packaging group Tetra Pak reached €8.7bn in 2007, a 6.1 per cent increase on the previous year, the company said last week.

Amcor sells European flexible packaging plants

Australian packaging giant Amcor has announced the sale of two of its European flexible packaging production facilities as part of its restructuring programme.

News briefs: Coca-Cola, SABMiller and Cadbury Schweppes

This week, Coca-Cola and SABMiller expect further profit ahead after recording sales improvements, while Cadbury Schweppes moves nearer to its beverage-arm demerger.

Swedish court victory fails to shift drink tax concerns, says V&S

Last week's ruling in favour of Sweden's alcohol taxation policy by the European Court of Justice, will fail to address key industry concerns over excise rates, according to a leading...

News briefs: Heineken goes Swiss; SABMiller

This week, Heineken prepares to expand within the Swiss beer market, and SABMiller and Molson Coors begin to finalise integrations plan for their US joint venture.

News briefs: challenges and changes ahead for UK brewers

This week, Scottish & Newcastle finalised the £10bn sale of its operations to a consortium consisting of rivals Carlsberg and Heineken, and Inbev could be set to reduce staff at...

Absolut buy to aid Pernod Ricard's spirit domination

Pernod Ricard claims it has further consolidated its grip on the global wine and spirits market after winning the battle to purchase Sweden-based Vin & Sprit (V&S), manufacturer of Absolut...

News briefs: Red Bull, Diageo and easy-carry vodka

This week, Red Bull launches a new natural cola brand as a first step away from energy drink production, Diageo receives a setback in its vodka expansion plans and a...

Soft drink and beer giants head east in Euro focus

While they may produce very different types of beverages, multinational manufacturers Heineken and PepsiCo have both committed to further expansion within the high growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

Nestle chief warns biofuels threaten food supplies

Nestle SA chief executive Peter Braback condemns proposals for increasing biofuel production as morally unacceptable, warning they will have devastating effects on food supplies.

Pepsi venture moves for Siberian soft drinks maker

PepsiCo says that its hopes to jump-start its manufacturing presence in the high growth soft drink markets of Eastern Europe and Siberia with the acquisition of local group Sobol.

Heineken and Diageo extend Africa team-up plans

Diageo and Heineken are to expand their cooperation within the South African market to tap into growing demand for premium beers, ciders and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages.

Packaging firms face future financial squeeze

A new report warns that the future remains challenging for European packaging firms, as rising input and transportation costs will continue to weigh down on the industry.

Heineken bites into Transylvanian beer market

Heineken says it hopes to consolidate its position within the high growth Romanian beer and mineral water market by acquiring Transylvania-based brewer Bere Mures for an as yet undisclosed fee.

News briefs: Diageo, PepsiCo and Cott

This week, Diageo's Korean operations receive a boost, PepsiCo may look to improve ingredient sourcing for its Indian operations, and Cott hopes to maintain shelf space at Wal-Mart's US stores.

France suspects industry of fiddling food prices

French prime minister Francois Fillon has pledged to weed out food companies that are using current high commodity prices as an excuse to boost their own margins, even if they...

Profits up for S&N buyers; deal timeline set

The acquisition of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) by rivals Heineken and Carlsberg is expected during the second fiscal quarter 2008, it has been revealed, as all three parties this week...

Cadbury scraps shareholder payout after profit drop

Cadbury today said the demerger of its beverage arm will no longer result in any capital return to its shareholders, as the company reported profit losses for the tax year 2007.

SABMiller to stick with Russian expansion plan

SABMiller has reiterated its ambitions to expand into the burgeoning Russian beer market, though says it will not stray from its current strategy of driving organic growth in the market.

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