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Coke won’t kick the can in Bolivia, but must dance diplomatic can-can...

Bolivian officials have swiftly moved to play down reported remarks by the nation’s flamboyant foreign minister that the government would kick Coca-Cola out of the country by the end of...

Polish PET facility to open by January 2013 - APPE

Beverage packaging giant APPE says work on a new Polish PET facility is on schedule and that commercial production is set to begin in December, ahead of full operation from...

Heineken closes in on Singapore takeover target in potential S$7.5bn deal

Heineken has struck an agreement with the board of Fraser and Neave (F&N) to acquire the latter’s interest in Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) for over S$5.1bn, as one analyst told...

Coke move for F&N beverage arm would ‘make sense’ after Heineken shake up: analyst

A Singapore-based analyst tells BeverageDaily.com that rumours of a Coca-Cola Company move for Fraser & Neave’s (F&N’s) non-alcoholic beverage business would be ‘no surprise’, as Heineken chases down its brewing...

Royal Crown Cola International salutes growing African cola thirst

RC Cola International (RCCI) says that per capita cola consumption is low in Africa and that it plans to exploit growth opportunities across the continent by growing its bottling network...

Rexam prefers patience to Russian Roulette in 2012

Rexam will await the effects of higher beer prices before adding extra Russian beverage can capacity, as new comments by Russian president Vladimir Putin sent major brewers’ share prices tumbling...

AB InBev tells an intriguing Q2 tale of two Buds…

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Q2 results reveal a tale of two Buds – namely one of woe for standard Budweiser that the global brewer is struggling to stabilize in the States, and...

PepsiCo ‘desperate’ to build Mexico cola volumes: Coca-Cola FEMSA

Coca-Cola FEMSA insists that rival PepsiCo is ‘desperate’ to boost cola volume sales in parts of Mexico and has cut prices accordingly, but the former feels comfortable about pushing through...

'Blue collar' beers like Budweiser go blue chip on Chinese market

Mainstream beer brands such as Budweiser and Blue Ribbon are using western brand cachet to cultivate prestige appeal on the Chinese market, according to Mintel.

Heineken cannot afford to lose control in Asia-Pacific – analyst

Heineken S$5.1bn move for Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) shows it cannot afford to lose control of a key region forecast to drive global beer growth from 2011 to 2016, according...

Singapore Tiger - Heineken's fast footwork could outfox Kirin: analyst

Heineken says the success of its multi-billion bid for JV partner Fraser & Neave’s stake in Asia Pacific Breweries would strengthen its presence in ‘dynamic economies with fast-growing populations’, as...

Carlsberg warns Baltika Breweries shareholders they may 'miss opportunity'

Moscow stock exchange the MICEX has approved the delisting of Baltika Breweries from October 5, as Danish brewer Carlsberg continues it bid to acquire the company's outstanding share capital.

PET player APPE refutes reports of shelved expansion plans

APPE has refuted reports that parent company La Seda de Barcelona (LSB) has shelved plans to grow the plastics packaging business after failing to raise sufficient share capital.

Bright young things in Brazil spell bright prospects for SIG Combibloc

SIG Combibloc has highlighted the strong growth potential of RTD coffee drinks in Brazil as it launches 250ml cartons there for the first time, with demand led by a 'dynamic,...

Viral 'Coca-Cola Bag' video spoof dupes world media

A hoax video claiming that the Coca-Cola Company planned to launch a 'Coca-Cola Bag' worldwide has duped the world media, leading the company to rush out a statement yesterday clarifying...

Diageo targets UK ‘meal occasions’ with super premium Chinese baijiu brand

Diageo has told BeverageDaily.com that the initial European launch focus for its Chinese ‘baijiu’ brand Shui Jing Fang will be UK ‘meal occasions’, although success will see it pursue sales...

Mexican juice firm part-owned by Coke signs dairy deal as US partner speaks out

The Coca-Company has made a further move into the dairy sphere, this time as a stakeholder in Mexican juice company Jugos del Valle, which has just sealed an agreement with...

Fast, sensitive beverage filling meets Chinese PET single-serve needs - Sidel

Sidel has told BeverageDaily.com that its new High Speed Combi Predis FMa filling system was designed meet the high volumes demanded by the single-serve PET beverage market in countries like...

AB InBev tie-up with SABMiller unlikely in short term – analyst

Despite rumours that AB InBev could eventually follow-up its Grupo Modelo acquisition by attempting to swallow rival SABMiller for $80bn, one analyst told BeverageDaily.com that such a deal raised anti-trust...

‘Surprising’ wine label study shows brands should speak to Chinese

A new study assessing Chinese attitudes to wine labeling has debunked the traditional view that consumers are only really attracted to wines promoting traditional and French labeling cues.

AB InBev hails 'tremendous' Corona opportunity in Grupo Modelo takeover

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has agreed to buy the balance of shares in Grupo Modelo for $20bn, with the transformational deal set to see Corona join Budweiser as a global...

Pernod Ricard grabs African growth passport with new regional subsidiaries

Pernod Ricard is expanding its direct African presence by opening four new affiliate companies this year to boost strategic brands and target ‘standard’ spirit sales, potentially at the expense of...

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Heineken could suffer in Mexican beer stand-off - analyst

Heineken could face more intense price pressure in Mexico if rival AB InBev acquired the other half of native brewer Grupo Modelo, according to a New York-based analyst.

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A Fistful of Dollars more: Coke pumps $3bn into India

Coca-Cola India announced today that it plans to invest a further $3bn dollars in India through to 2020 to capture 'enormous growth potential' in the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) market).

Customer feedback drove carton range revamp to boost line speed: Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak says customer feedback led it to introduce new sizes for a carton range popular in developing markets such as China, but claims they could also cut waste and...

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