With the sale of the Agros Fortuna fruit juice and canned food
business, Pernod Ricard's Polish business is now 100 per cent
focused on drinks - which was the reason why Agros was acquired in
the first place.
In a major U-turn, the New Zealand Appeals Court has reversed a
decision allowing Czech firm Budejovicky Budvar to sell its beer
under the Budweiser name - another victory for Anheuser-Busch and
its Budweiser brand.
South Africa's Distell group has been pushing its wines into a
number of new markets recently. The latest deal with the Oddbins
wine retailer in the UK comes after other recent agreements in the
US, Canada, Germany and Scandinavia.
The sale of the cider unit CSR - announced last week by Pernod
Ricard - will see the disposal of the last remaining non-core
business, allowing the French group to finally devote all its
efforts to building its wine and spirits empire.
The sale of Novartis's health food and drink brands could finally
be completed soon, with trade buyers apparently lined up for
Isostar and Ovaltine, and Nestle thought to be interested in the
health food brands.
Laurent-Perrier Champagne has released a new version of its Grand
Siecle La Cuvee wine in the US, at the same time reducing the price
to around €80 a bottle in a bid to attract greater numbers of
consumers to high quality wines.
Pilsner Urquell, the flagship Czech beer of the SABMiller group, is
to be produced in Poland under licence - a clever move to ensure
greater penetration for the brand or the first step on the slippery
slope to turning it into a bland,...
Scientific research would suggest that the colorants called
anthocyanins in strong-coloured berries like red berries,
blueberries and blackcurrants may have a role in preventing heart
disease. A three-year European-funded collaborative...