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Growth opportunities are hard to find in Europe and North America. Alcohol and soft drink companies alike are turning Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East in search of new consumers.

Coke unfazed by recent Chinese sales slump, stretches sparkling lead over PepsiCo

The Coca-Cola Company insists it remains confident in the long-term resilience of its Chinese business, despite a 4% slump in volume sales during the last quarter of 2012.

Diageo spirits ABC is advantage over SAB Miller: Analyst suggests

Diageo is in an arguably stronger market position than multinational peer SAB Miller due to its core exposure to spirits rather than beer, according to one City analyst who covers...

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GSK not A-OK with Ribena, Lucozade? Strategic review begins…

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has launched a strategic review of its Lucozade and Ribena brands, hinting that the western-facing brands do not fit its increased focus on emerging markets such as China...

The world (of Coke and Pepsi) is not enough in emerging markets...

Clinching global culture club membership by swigging Pepsi or Coke is not enough for soft drinks consumers in emerging markets, who are increasingly swayed by regional tastes, according to Euromonitor...

Heineken silent on Finnish sale tattle but confirms JP Morgan strategic review link

Heineken has confirmed to that it is working with JP Morgan as it begins a strategic review of its Finnish business, and PepsiCo licensee, Hartwall but refused to comment...


Don’t take yer guns to town AB InBev, the Sheriff he’s a-waitin’…

With the US Department of Justice (DOJ) gunning to takedown AB InBev’s $20bn takeover of Grupo Modelo, the firm likely prefers peace talks in the Sheriff’s office to a High Noon-style...

Carlsberg re-enters Burma clutching plans for new 1m hectoliter brewery

Carlsberg today formed a JV with a Burmese brewer to produce and market its brand portfolio, and told the nation offered 'huge growth potential' in an under-penetrated beer category....

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

The potential upsides in Diageo’s potential acquisition of a majority stake in India's United Spirits (USL) are clear but achieving acceptable profitability from the business may be tricky, according to...

Coke and Pepsi shifting bottling assets to build brands in 2013: Rabobank analyst

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo are looking to shift bottling assets onto strong franchise partners in order to refocus in house efforts on brand building and marketing.

‘Time to market’ will be future key for Indian clients: Sidel

Swiss-based PET packaging specialist Sidel has opened a dedicated packaging and tooling center in Pune, India to offer customers improved regional service and boost time to market. 

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Diageo raises sorghum beer stakes with $36m investment

Diageo has agreed to a form a 50:50 joint venture with DR Mallya to take over United National Breweries' traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa, with the UK company...

Large scale solar food processing under investigation

Large scale solar food processing remains under-exploited, especially in hot countries, according to a study that is due to be published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology.

Danone juice JV with Chiquita dogged by ‘mismanagement’: Industry source

With rumors emerging that Danone is selling its 51% stake in its fruit juice JV with Chuiquita Brands International, one industry source told that the French firm was likely...

‘Morphing’ wine regulations scare Russian importers: Wine Intelligence

Despite signs that the Russian wine market is recovering, market players remain scared by corruption, bureaucracy and shifting regulations.

Big boys bulk up: World’s Top 5 brewers turn screw on local players

A recent M&A wave in brewing means that ‘global giants’ AB InBev, SAB Miller, Heineken, Carlsberg and CR Snow are piling the pressure on local players, particularly in markets such...

‘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.

China’s Top 5 most valuable alcohol brands in 2013: From beer to baijiu

In this exclusive gallery, explores the Top 5 Chinese alcohol brands by value, which sees the nation’s movers ‘n’ shakers reaching out to the world with baijiu, beer and...

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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.

SIG Combibloc steps up Brazilian investment pace

Buoyed by 60% growth in Brazil, SIG Combibloc says it has brought forward a planned, phased investment project in a Paraná state plant to produce aseptic carton packs.

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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...

Affordability offers emerging market potential for PET

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has big growth prospects if manufacturers build on its potential to deliver affordability for consumers, especially in emerging markets.

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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).


China wakes up, smells Nestlé’s ‘unique’ coffee flavor

Nestlé’s ‘smart investment’ in Chinese whole bean coffee is likely to consolidate its market-leading position within the category there, as it stands poised to release a local product, according to...

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Manjushree Technopack sets out growth plans

Packaging firm Manjushree Technopack aims to double sales by 2015, driven by the growth of the middle class in India, and is poised to start construction on a fourth factory.