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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.

EU clears Cadbury Schweppes drinks sale

The European Commission on Tuesday cleared the takeover of Cadbury Schweppes' European drinks arm by private equity consortium Lion Capital and Blackstone.

Soft drinks shift rocks Cott profits

Profits tumbled by two thirds last year for the world's largest supplier of private label soft drinks, Cott Corporation, as the group struggled to cope with rising input costs and...

Obesity lawsuits loom for soft drinks industry

A lawsuit aimed at getting soft drinks firms out of US schools on obesity grounds is now ready to go, says one of the leading lawyers involved to, as...

Weekly Comment

Food miles leave a bitter taste

The organic food movement has been hijacked by supermarkets intent on being seen to be green, but their disrespect of food miles shows they are anything but.

PepsiCo dives into functional drinks with Ardea

PepsiCo's bottling arm has bought up US functional drinks maker Ardea Beverage, as the iconic soft drinks firm positions itself for growth on the functional drinks market.

SABMiller signs Vietnam beer venture

SABMiller has signed a joint venture deal with a top Vietnamese dairy company, hoping to use the firm's local knowledge and distribution network to break into Vietnam's emerging beer market.

Mondavi wine keeps Constellation moving

World wine giant Constellation Brands continued to profit from its takeover of Robert Mondavi wine in its third quarter as the group looks to focus more seriously on Europe.

Majestic toasts Christmas sales record

Leading UK-based wine merchant Majestic Wines enjoyed a 10.4 per cent sales boost this Christmas, citing consumer demand for premium products as the key to success.

Campari takes whisky brands off Pernod Ricard

Italian drinks group Campari has been rubbing its hands together after Pernod Ricard agreed to sell it the world's number two single malt whisky brand Glen Grant.

Under pressure Cott to close soft drinks factory

Cott Corporation, the private label soft drinks maker, said it would close its Ohio factory in the US next year as part of its plan to cut costs and get...

PepsiCo beats Coca-Cola in market value

PepsiCo's successful diversity and faster action on health has taken it ahead of Coca-Cola in the market for the first time in 112 years, but don't be fooled into thinking...

Weekly Comment

The shimmer of patent valuation

Complex webs of assumptions are spinning a lie about the real value of today's companies, lulling directors and shareholders alike into a false sense of value creation.

Citrus production falls further in latest USDA forecasts

Citrus fruit production in the US is on a general low, largely as a result of hurricane damage in Florida, according to the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) December crop...

Vincor heads off Constellation, for now

Constellation Brands has seemingly walked out on Canadian wine firm Vincor after its takeover offer expired, but the fall-out is unlikely to hamper drinks industry consolidation trends.

InBev to buy Chinese brewer, report

The world's biggest brewer, InBev, is to buy one of China's largest breweries for about $750 million, sources have told the New York Times.

UK ale brewers buck beer market dip

Middle weight brewers Greene King and Worlverhampton & Dudley continued to show there is life and lucrative deals to be had in Britain's ale market, despite poor consumer confidence.

OFT refers Cott drinks deal over monopoly fears

Private label soft drinks giant Cott Corporation will have to wait to get its hands on UK rival Macaw after Britain's competition watchdog raised monopoly concerns.

Constellation gets clearance for Vincor deal

It may be the season of Thanksgiving in the US, but that hasn't stopped wine firms Constellation and Vincor ripping more chunks out of each other in their hostile takeover...

Cadbury Schweppes sells European soft drinks arm

Cadbury Schweppes has announced it plans to sell its European beverages arm for £1.2bn to a private equity consortium led by Lion Capital and Blackstone.

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