Strong performance in the developing markets, particularly Eastern
Europe, looks set to drive growth in global beer sales in the
four-year forecast period to 2007, according to a recent global
report produced by Euromonitor.
Belgian brewer Interbrew has suffered a setback for plans to
streamline its US operations after the US Court of Appeals refused
to overturn a ruling to prevent the company from merging two of its
Russia's abiding love affair with vodka is now driving sales of
flavoured alcoholic beverages based on the national drink. Although
still small, the FAB category is just one of several with potential
for good growth in the years...
White spirits such as rum, gin and vodka are undergoing something
of a revival in Italy after years of sluggish growth. But the
success of these clear drinks has not been enough to pull the
Italian spirits market as a whole out of...
Carbonates are still the rulers of the US soft drinks market, but
Americans are turning increasingly to packaged water as a healthier
alternative to the sugary fizzy drinks. And with much of the US
suffering an almost permanent drought,...
Kyndal Spirits - or Whyte and Mackay as the company will now be
known - is to invest £50m in supporting its core brands after
growing criticism of its policies. But is the investment, announced
earlier today by chairman Vivian Imerman,...
A new report into New Zealand beer reveals that after years of
stagnation and decline, the industry is beginning to achieve
growth. The report describes a rise of almost three per cent in
volume as a psychological threshold for the...
Soft drink consumption in Australia is expected to drop this year
for the first time in several years as the market reaches maturity.
Catering for the ageing Australian population by developing more
adult soft drinks is seen as the...
Despite its often fragile economy, Mexico has proven to be one of
the best growth markets for the soft drinks industry over the last
decade. Unlike many other markets, carbonates do not dominate in
Mexico, where a lack of potable...
Growing levels of disposable income in China have allowed beer
drinkers to move up from standard to premium brands - and given an
opportunity for international players to make their mark in the
world's biggest beer market.
British consumers are drinking nearly three times as much bottled
water as they were just five years ago - but few drink anywhere
near the recommended daily intake, which bodes well for future
market growth, claims Mintel.
Diageo's decision to change distributors for its Gordon's Gin &
Tonic premix in Russia has angered Happyland, the company which
partnered the UK firm in launching the brand there. But Diageo
claims that Happyland failed...
Satellite imagery allowing wine producers to map precisely their
vineyards - and to see where the grapes grow best - could give
European growers a qualitative edge in their long running battle
with New World producers.
Russian beer giant Baltika is to begin the nationwide rollout of a
new bottled water brand, Khrustalnaya, in a bid to gain a foothold
in what could be the next big growth market in the Russian drinks