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Strong second year for trading platform

Global Wine & Spirits, the Canada-based e-business network for the drinks trade, has reported that transactions during its second year of operation topped 23.3 million...

Merger deals approved

Two international merger deals were approved last week in Mexico and Australia. Constellation Brands, the US wine group, has received the go-ahead from the Supreme...

Drinks group jumps on the war bandwagon

The war in Iraq may be viewed as a failure of diplomacy by many people, but for one Canadian drinks company at least it is...

Radio waves used to enhance fruit juice safety

In the US, an Agricultural Research Service scientist has devised a means of using radio waves to make fruit juice safer. The radio frequency electric...

Malt interest drives Scotch whisky exports

Exports of Scotch whisky broke the £2 billion (€1.46bn) barrier for the tenth successive year in 2002, a year which also marked the third best...

Changes ahead at ChampionLyte?

ChampionLyte says it is in the final stages of negotiations with a former Snapple executive to head up the company's soon-to-be-formed beverage division which will...

Fresh OJ...worth the cash?

Freshly squeezed orange juice is essentially as good for us as pasteurised orange juice, report scientists this week. The news raises the question of whether...

Campari boosted by international growth

Campari, the Italian company which is the sixth largest player in the global spirits market, has reported strong growth in sales and profits for 2002,...

Resina launches caps and labels inspection system

In the US, Resina West, has introduced a system that simultaneously inspects for a variety of empty or filled container defects. The multi-function capability of...

Foster's to produce Diageo RTDs

With Diageo's ready-to-drink (RTD) spirit brands in the US facing an uncertain future in the light of proposed new regulations announced this week, the British-based...

Kraft powder up for sale?

US food company Kraft Foods has put its powdered soft drink concentrate plant in Hyderabad, India up for sale, reports the Indian paper Financial Express....

Irn-Bru, still drinks boost Barr

A strong improvement in sales of its core carbonated drink brands Tizer and Irn-Bru, as well as gains from the newer non-carbonated business such as...

Nichols satisfied with results in 'challenging' year

Nichols, the UK-based food and drink producer, has come through what it described as an exceptionally challenging year with a slight increase in turnover and...

Plastic bottle unscrambler

Posimat, the Spain-based provider of unscrambling and conveyor logistics solutions, is about to launch its Posimaster Multichute high-speed bottle line unscrambler at the Hispack show in Barcelona on 31 March.

India consolidates position as number one whisky market

When you think of major whisky markets, India is unlikely to spring to mind, but the sub-continent was the largest global market for whisky, in...

Troubles ahead for Smirnoff Ice ?

Smirnoff Ice, the premixed drink produced by the UK's Diageo group, could see an upheaval in its sales in the US as a result of...

US to change RTD regulations?

Smirnoff Ice, the premixed drink produced by the UK's Diageo group, could see an upheaval in its sales in the US as a result of...

Hardy shareholders approve merger

Shareholders in Australian winery BRL Hardy have approved the company's proposed merger with the US-based Constellation Brands, a move which clears the way for the...

Spanish wineries to up organic output

Five wineries from the Spanish region of Extremadura are to increase their output of organic wine. Some 2,607 hectares of vineyard in Extremadura have already...

Icy look for 'keep cool' Snapple bottle

CCL Container has created a striking bottle design for the Elements energy drink range from Cadbury Schweppes' Snapple unit. The recyclable aluminium bottle offers a...

Pallet plans for KHS

KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, a technological leader in the field of filling and packaging technology in the international beverage trade, has announced that it is...

Seagram integration boosts Pernod results

Pernod Ricard, the world's third largest wine and spirits company, has reported a 78 per cent increase in sales from its core operations to €3.4...

Around the (wine) world in three days

Next week sees the first major international wine show of the year open its doors to trade visitors. But the 10th annual ProWein show in...

Stella performance boosts Interbrew results

Europe's largest brewer Interbrew has reported a 2.1 per cent increase in organic volume sales for 2002, led by a strong performance from its flagship...

New pack size for Lambrini

Lambrini, the perry (pear-based wine) brand produced by the UK's Halewood International, has been launched in a small-format 275ml bottle, adding to its already well-known...

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