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William Grant & Sons snaps up Drambuie

Premium spirits business and independent Scottish family distiller William Grant & Sons has acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Company, which owns the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand. 

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Niagara Bottling closes Washington plant lays off 73 staff

Private label bottled water supplier Niagara Bottling plans to close its site in Burlington, Washington making 73 workers redundant, according to the US Employment Security Department (ESD).

STEP INSIDE THIS HISTORIC 'TRADITIONAL LAMBIC' BREWERY

See inside a Belgian Lambic Brewery: Touring Brasserie Cantillon

During a recent trip to Brussels BeverageDaily.com stepped inside Anderlecht's historic Lambic beer brewery, Brasserie Cantillon. Join us on an interactive tour!

entrepreneurs can tap $100,000 funds to help Diageo grow

Diageo’s Dragon’s Den: Johnnie Walker distiller backs big beverage ideas

Diageo will pledge a series of $100,000 funds to technology companies and entrepreneurs it believes have the best ideas to solve its business challenges and drive growth.

Cow Wow cereal milk brand revamped to reach key 'man child' market

After just a year on the US market, Cow Wow is repositioning its cereal flavored milk range to better appeal to its key consumer, the 'man child'.

SODA GIANT DITCHES 'TRIED AND TESTED' GDA LABELING RIVAL

Coke passes green for 'Go!' with UK traffic light nutrition labeling

Coca-Cola Enterprises today pulled a U-turn by adopting the UK Government’s voluntary front-of-pack ‘traffic light’ nutrition labeling scheme – ditching the EU-wide GDA system it had praised as ‘tried and...

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Nestle opens $285m Nescafe Dolce Gusto factory in Germany

Nestle has opened a new €220m factory in Germany to produce Dolce Gusto coffee capsules for this national market as a well as Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

'AUSSIE ENERGY DRINK REGS TIGHTEST IN THE WORLD’ – ABCL

Coke Amatil backs Mother after mom blames energy drinks for son’s death

Coca-Cola Amatil insists all the ingredients in popular Australian energy drink Mother are safe to consume after a mother blamed excess consumption of such drinks on the death of her...

Honest Tea marks Coke's first Keurig K-Cup launch

Keurig Green Mountain and Coke will roll-out Honest Tea in K-Cups from tomorrow - the beverage giant's first launch in this format since it took a 10% equity stake in...

‘WE WANT TO CREATE AN AFFINITY WITH THE GLASGOW PEOPLE’

Glasgow Distillery Company raises city spirits after 100 years absence

The Glasgow Distillery Company will start distilling gin and single malt whisky in the city for the first time in 100 years next week, and CEO Liam Hughes aims to...

Franck Riboud to step down as Danone CEO after 18 years

Danone patriarch Franck Riboud has stepped down as CEO of the French dairy giant after more than 18 years at the helm.

'We are looking to be more disruptive at retail'

Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, staying independent, and class action lawsuits: ‘Things have got totally out of hand’

When Coca-Cola & PepsiCo invested in Zico and O.N.E. in 2009; Vita Coco CEO and co-founder Michael Kirban admits he became a little nervous as pundits predicted he’d get sidelined...

BROWN-FORMAN TAKES FIGHT TO MARKET LEADER FIREBALL

Cinnamon toast: Jack Daniel’s takes Tennessee Fire whiskey to further five US states

Brown-Forman will launch cinnamon-flavored whiskey Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire in a further five US states this October after successful trials this spring.

Coke faces Swiss anti-trust probe as discounter Denner takes up cola cudgels

Coca-Cola Hellenic has confirmed that Swiss Competition Commission (WEKO) is investigating allegations that it illegally stopped retailer Denner buying its branded sodas abroad at lower prices.

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Indian government urges PepsiCo to cut soda sugar levels

The Indian government has urged PepsiCo boss Indra Nooyi to cut sugar levels in soft drinks further and launch more healthy and nutritious products.

HEINEKEN WILL USE PROCEEDS TO PAY DOWN DEBT

Crown says $1.22bn Heineken packaging buy will boost Mexico presence

Heineken plans to sell Crown Holdings its Mexican packaging business Empaque for $1.225bn to boost its balance sheet and focus its efforts on brewing and selling beer.

That’s the spirit: Diageo launches training course for unemployed

Diageo has launched a whisky retail training course for unemployed young people in Scotland this week, alongside youth employment charity, The Prince’s Trust. 

‘No surprise’: RCT data supports Nawgan’s ability to boost alertness, attention and cognitive performance

Consuming Nawgan, the ‘alertness beverage’ containing citicoline and caffeine, can boost attention and alertness in young adults, according to results of a randomized clinical trial.

Pernod Ricard hit by Chinese slump

Pernod Ricard says a slump in China, and unfavourable foreign exchange effect, is responsible for an overall 7% fall in sales, as it released its full year 2013/14 results today. 

Tetra Pak to close packaging factory in Sweden axing 250 jobs

Tetra Pak will close a packaging factory in Lund, Sweden, due to come into effect in February 2015, axing 250 jobs.

Nespresso launches $550m sustainability strategy

Nespresso has launched a sustainability strategy, ‘The Positive Cup,’ which sets out the steps the company will take to meet its sustainability goals by 2020, and is based on a...

CCE: ‘Employees on the ground provide most useful insight for improvement’

Coca-Cola Enterprises goes back to the factory floor for top decision making

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) claims almost half of the total carbon footprint of its products comes from packaging and wants to reduce this by a third by 2020.

Portman Group panel tight-lipped after Diageo criticism

The UK’s Portman Group has declined to comment after Diageo criticized a decision by the alcohol-funded body’s Independent Complaints Panel stating that a display used to drive impulse C-store sales...

Analyst savages Coca-Cola Amatil for ‘really poor company culture’

Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington has savaged Coca-Cola Amatil’s former management – insisting that they ‘compromised the business to meet short-term earnings targets’ in 2013.

Treasury Wine Estates hints at possible US acquisitions

Troubled Australian wine group and takeover target Treasury Wine Estates wants to accelerate its high-value US business and is exploring possible acquisitions or takeovers there.

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