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AB InBev splashes $5.8bn cash on Cass, buys South Korea’s No.1 brewer

Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay $5.8bn for South Korea’s largest beer player Oriental Brewery and says the deal provides a platform to export brands including Cass more widely.


Nestlé Waters excited by Perrier's ‘hyper-premium’ appeal to Chinese sophisticates

Nestlé Waters tells it is excited by Perrier’s growth prospects in China where the carbonated mineral water commands an ultra-premium price.

'Suntory is willing to pay a significant premium to acquire growth overseas': Analyst

Born in the USA? Suntory strikes first real foothold with $16bn Beam

Suntory’s $16bn splurge to acquire Beam Inc. is significantly more than what rivals Diageo and Pernod Ricard would have paid for the bourbon giant, one analyst believes, but a seat...

Adoption of western style products in ready-to-drink market

Oystar sees surge for iced coffee drinks in Japan

Oystar, which supplies packaging machinery to companies including Danone, Nestlé and Müller, has seen a surge in iced coffee drinks in Japan.

Study: SSB tax could dramatically reduce diabetes incidences in India

India could prevent an estimated 400,000 people from contracting diabetes over the next 10 years if the government were to impose a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), a new study has suggested.

Remy Cointreau CEO jumps ship after three month voyage

Remy Cointreau chair Francois Heriard Dubreuil will temporarily assume the position of CEO after Frederic Pflanz sprang a shock yesterday by stepping down for 'personal reasons'.

Tea-loving China quickly moving towards instant coffee gratification

With coffee consumption of little more than two cups per year per person, according to latest figures, China presents a clear opportunity for manufacturers of the beverage as European and...

Aussies now prefer mulling over wine and adopting new booze brands

Australia is now a nation of booze browsers as consumers there become less tied to the brands they know well and are starting to look wider for new names and...

Scotch whisky exports rocket by nearly 90% in 10 years

The value of Scotch whisky exports has rocketed by 87% over the past 10 years to reach £4.3bn, according to the Scottish government.

Dynamism in Drinks: Personality of the Year 2013

Click through the nominees for the inaugural Beverage Personality of the Year, then vote to tell us who you think should triumph!


10 Lordly Questions A-Leaping! Tackle's Xmas quiz...

How well do you know the beverage industry? Our special Christmas quiz that covers everything from Muhtar Kent to Perrier and 'White Coke'. See if you can top the leaderboard!

‘Sub 10.5% ABV wines can Rule Britannia!’: New Zealand government

The New Zealand government insists that the British are increasingly keen on sub 10.5% ABV wines as it backs a NZ $16.97m investment in lower alcohol wines, but there is...

Australian winemakers reeling under supermarket domination

Australian winemakers have come out punching against the country’s dominant supermarket chains with a new action plan framed to move the wine industry towards greater profitability. 

Future Group gains Sunkist, kisses goodbye to Capital Foods

Future Consumer Enterprise, the FMCG division of Kishore Biyani’s Future Group, has been busy this week, announcing it will launch Sunkist in India, and divesting itself of Capital Foods, a...

PepsiCo India finally fills CEO role

D Shivakumar has been named as the new chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo India, a post that has been lying vacant since former incumbent Manu Anand quit the company...

Tequila slammer! Jose Cuervo nets Russian Standard distribution deal

Mexico's Casa Cuervo has signed a deal with Russian Standard to distribute and market its Jose Cuervo tequila portfolio in Russia where demand for the spirit is soaring.

Tingyi looking to continue acquisitions spree

Having already formed alliances with PepsiCo, Asahi Group and others over the last three years, China’s Tingyi is looking to further boost its portfolio, according to its chief financial officer....

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Inside information? Chinese juice giant Huiyuan suspends stock

China Huiyuan Juice Group – once a $2.4bn takeover target for The Coca-Cola Company – suspended trading in its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today due to ‘possible inside information’.

Scotland—and its whisky—attractive to Indian partners

A delegation from Scotland to India, on a trade mission to promote the country’s food and drink, has proved a hit with its whisky-loving hosts—not least with the announcement shortly...

Nobody any the wiser over Sri Lankan court’s Coca-Cola sales ban

Coca-Cola has slammed official reports in Sri Lanka that production at the island's only bottling plant has been suspended for three months, as have all sales of the beverage on...

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NZ begins process to ferment place as leading lifestyle wine exporter

Winegrowers in New Zealand have embarked on their largest ever research and development project in a bid to capitalise on the world’s growing taste for so-called “lifestyle wines”, which are...

Liquid lucre: Diageo prizes scale as basis for Asia Pacific success

Diageo says it see a massive opportunity for international spirits in the Asia Pacific and claims its scale lends it a significant competitive advantage in the region.


From Daleks to Dan Jago from Tesco: Wine Vision 2013 on Twitter

Here are the tweets that caught's eye at Wine Vision 2013, which saw Tesco UK group wine director Dan Jago challenge the industry to communicate quality cues to UK...


Wine Vision 2013 Lights up London in Technicolor

Relive the first two days of Wine Vision 2013 with our technicolor tour of London’s evocative Film Museum and the best of the conference action thus far.