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Ball reports mixed can packaging picture in Q3

Ball Corporation has posted a slip in third quarter sales revenue from its European can sales revenue while its Americas & Asia division reported strong growth.

Poor weather contributes to Heineken volume slip in Q3

Europe’s biggest brewer Heineken has blamed disappointing third quarter sales volumes on bad weather and continued struggles in the Russian market.

Recovery prompts SABMiller to include Zimbabwe in results

SABMiller has reported a slight rise in half year volumes as it includes its Zimbabwe associate in its latest trading update for the first time in almost five years.

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Pernod Ricard sells off New Zealand wine brands

Pernod Ricard New Zealand has sold Lindauer and several other wine brands to a consortium of buyers for NZ $88m (about € 47m).

Saint-Gobain mulls packaging division IPO

Glass container giant Companie de Saint-Gobain has announced plans to float its packaging division on the stock exchange.

Beverages lead way as Firmenich reports double-digit growth in flavour sales

Flavour and fragrance manufacturer Firmenich has announced a 12.1 per cent sales increase for 2010 after recording double-digit growth in both flavours and perfumery

Brewers claim beer tax hikes would backfire

A new study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) suggests that hikes in excise taxes on beer could backfire and ultimately eat into tax revenue.

Coca-Cola completes $12.3bn bottling deal

The Coca-Cola Company has completed the acquisition of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and the sale of its bottling operations in Norway and Sweden.

ProViva nears global launch as Danone closes deal

French probiotic leader Danone, Swedish dairy firm Skånemejerier and ingredient supplier Probi yesterday closed a three-way probiotic juice deal, bringing the firms one step closer to an international launch of...

Coca-Cola agrees to Dr Pepper firewall in bottler deal

The Coca-Cola Company has agreed to set up a firewall to protect the interests of Dr Pepper Snapple as a condition for its $12.3bn acquisition of the North American arm...

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PureCircle announces sugar-stevia deal with Nordzucker

Stevia producer PureCircle has announced its third new European alliance in a week, teaming up with Nordzucker to develop and market stevia-sugar combos.

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Analyst questions SAB Miller's new business model

As SAB Miller launches a new beer brand in the UK, an analyst at Nomura has warned that its embrace of a new business model could lead to some short-term...

British Embassy in Warsaw probes Twinings grant

The British Embassy in Warsaw is probing the legality of an EU funding award for Twinings’ new Polish factory.

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Progressive Digital Media acquires Canadean

International digital media company Progressive Digital Media Group has completed its acquisition of Canadean, a market research firm that specialises in beverages.

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Heineken to create Global Business Services organisation

Heineken recently announced it will create a Global Business Services organisation to deliver Purchasing and Business Process & Technology services across the company.


Don’t worry about wheat prices: Look at grain stocks

There’s nothing like a shortage of wheat to send some news media searching for superlatives. Talk of “soaring” wheat prices and “rocketing” bread prices were common, in the British press,...

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Diageo reports mixed full year results

Diageo has reported 2 per cent organic net sales growth for the full year as emerging markets compensated for weakness in Europe and North America.

Coca-Cola refiles notice for bottler acquisition again

The Coca-Cola Company has withdrawn and refiled its notification with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the second time regarding its proposed acquisition of the North American arm of Coca-Cola...

Asahi buys into Australian soft drinks market again

Asahi Breweries has agreed to acquire P&N Beverages, the third largest soft drinks company in Australia in its latest move towards the goal of joining the ranks of the biggest...

American Beverage Association spent nearly $4m on anti-tax lobbying in Q2

The American Beverage Association spent $3.5m lobbying the federal government on beverage taxes this month – and a total of $3.95m during the second quarter, according to a disclosure report.

FTC gives go-ahead to Corn Products-National Starch deal

Corn Products International has said the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given initial approval of its $1.3bn acquisition of National Starch, with the deal expected to be finalized by early...

Natural ingredients and flavours propel Q2 growth for Frutarom

Frutarom’s double-digit growth in Q2 is due to accelerated growth in specialty fine ingredients and excellent flavours sales, says the firm, which has a rapid growth strategy in place.

Carlsberg ups forecast on better than expected Russian figures

Carlsberg has upped its outlook for the full financial year as the company performs better than expected in the Russian beer market.

CVC acquires majority stake in major European vending player

CVC Capital Partners has agreed to acquire a majority stake in the Autobar Group – a leading European vending business with sales of €569m a year.

Order levels back to normal in H1 2010, Symrise

Symrise has seen its flavour and fragrance orders rebound to pre-economic crisis levels and has expanded its business with some key customers in the first half of this year.

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