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‘Cold, wet winter’ subdues SAB Miller Chinese volumes

SAB Miller is blaming ‘exceptionally cold and wet winter weather’ for a third quarter volume decline in China, which meant lager volumes declined in its Asia Pacific business by 1% overall.

‘Warning’ strikes start, Coca-Cola Germany confirms 450 possible job losses

Coca-Cola Deutschland has confirmed to that up to 450 jobs could be lost in Germany this year, as it faces a ‘warning’ wave of union strikes this week over...

Monster Beverage Corporation: Alarmist DAWN report is highly misleading

Monster Beverage Corporation has blasted a recent government report on drug-related ER visits that describes energy drinks as 'dangerous', as “highly misleading”.

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SABMiller announces $86m sale of Panama juice and milk business

SABMiller announced today that its Panama subsidiary Cerveceria Nacional has agreed the sale of its milk and juice business to La Co-Operative de Productores de Leche Dos Pinos for US...

Big interview: Scott Lerner, founder and CEO Solixir

Solixir CEO: The secret to a successful start-up, slapping consumers in the face, and the rule of six…

If you’ve trudged around any industry trade shows recently, you’ve probably seen your fair share of prototype product concepts targeting the key ‘need states’ created by ‘modern life’: Wake up!...

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US antitrust issue could sink $20.1bn AB InBev, Grupo Modelo deal – report

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) could walk away from its $20.1bn takeover of Grupo Modelo if US regulators insist it sell the latter’s newest bottling plant to win approval for the...


‘Goodnight Vienna’: Heineken confirms CEE leadership move to drive growth

Heineken has confirmed to that it will move its Central and Eastern European (CEE) leadership team from Vienna to Amsterdam this summer, to better drive regional growth.

Barr Britvic job fears persist in Scotland as OFT delays competition decision

As fears in Scotland persist over possible job losses if the AG Barr/Britvic merger goes through, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) tells that its delay in publishing a...

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Molson Coors sees US export potential with Irish craft beer buy

Molson Coors says its purchase of the Franciscan Well craft beer brand and microbrewery is a central step in its plans to build up a strong market share in Irish...

Big interview: Eric Schnell, founder MetaBrand; co-founder I AM Enlightened nutrition, Healthy beverage Co (Steaz teas)

Shot in the arm: The secret to success in shots... without going head to head with 5-Hour Energy…

Want to get a slice of the action in the shots category? Build a brand with a compelling story or ‘mission’, and formulate a product that delivers a discernible effect...

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PepsiCo signs Burger King supply deal in China

PepsiCo has signed a deal that confirms it as the strategic beverage supplier for all Burger King’s (BK’s) restaurants across China, via franchise bottler Pepsi Beverage Business (PBB).

Ocean Spray expands global reach with first international acquisition

Ocean Spray has made its first international acquisition with the cranberry processing business of Cran Chile, providing the cranberry giant with a strategic South American location and increased capacity.

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‘We are outperforming the US wine and spirits industry’: Constellation Brands sings Symphony IRI

Constellation Brands claims it is outperforming the US wine and spirits industry via Symphony IRI channels, due to promotional investments gaining ground at retail level.

Pepsi v. Coca-Cola: Soda heavyweights wage Facebook war

Increasingly, the Pepsi v. Coke cola fight is raging within the social media space, as well as in factories and between brands in stores. But who is delivering that Facebook...

Heineken winning Facebook drinks race but Smirnoff spirits rising

Dutch lager Heineken is the leading alcoholic drinks (AD) brand on Facebook but Smirnoff proved the fastest growing alcoholic drinks brands in December.


Tsingtao tightens grip on central Shaanxi as AB InBev lurks

Chinese beer giant Tsingtao Brewery is set to further consolidate its leading market position in Shaanxi by significantly expanding capacity with two new breweries, while AB InBev is also rumoured...

Pernod Ricard will splash cash on global brands after €103m sale

Pernod Ricard has finalized the €103m sale of Danish akvavit brands Aalborg and Brøndums to Norway’s largest spirits producer Arcus-Gruppen following regulatory approval, and reaffirmed its focus on 14 international...

Heineken strongly denies whispers of APB unrest and ‘stifled creativity’

Heineken strongly denies to that the resignation of several high-profile managers from its recent $6.53bn acquisition Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) attests to unrest at the Singapore-based firm.

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Graphic Packaging, Onex and Ecolab seal takeovers

Graphic Packaging, Onex Corporation and Ecolab have all completed acquisitions to boost 2013 business.

Heineken, Carlsberg ratings will survive French beer tax: Moody’s Investment Service

Moody’s says it will not downgrade its ratings of Carlsberg and Heineken, despite the potential harm a massive French tax increase in January could pose to national beer sales.

Silgan revises earnings estimates as volumes hit

Silgan Holdings has revised its earnings estimates for the year due to lower volumes for metal food containers.

'Bad science' on soft drinks a fact of life: Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) CEO John Brock has taken a sideswipe at detractors of soft drink ingredients who he claims base negative comments on ‘bad science or no science’.

Mexican Cola bottler delves deeper into snacks with two acquisitions

Mexican Coca-Cola bottler Arca Continental (AC) has bought two snack companies as it seeks to deepen its hold in the ‘highly complementary’ snacks arena.

Coca-Cola FEMSA buys Coke’s Philippines bottling operation for $688.5m

Coca-Cola FEMSA has sealed a deal to acquire a majority stake in the Coca-Cola Company’s Philippines bottling operation in Mexico City, and hailed an import milestone in its history.


Suntory UK focus after $6bn IPO could see it snaffle Barr Britvic: Analyst

With rumors swirling that Japanese giant Suntory is considering a $6bn IPO next year, one analyst reasons that any desire to enter the UK market could see it target Barr...

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