Two companies which are fierce rivals in other markets have joined
forces in Italy. Heineken will now produce and distribute
Anheuser-Busch's flagship Budweiser beer there, replacing
SABMiller's Peroni unit as the local...
Rumours of a takeover bid for Allied Domecq by Brown-Forman and
Bacardi - unlikely as they might seem - have at least thrown light
on the perennial problem facing the global spirits players - how
best to face up to the ever-growing...
US beer drinkers are turning away from standard and premium
domestic beers and towards light beer and imported brands,
according to a new report from Canadean. Low calorie light beer is
now the biggest segment of the market, with...
Sales of wine in France have been falling recently as competition
from other drinks sectors heats up and younger consumers opt for
less alcholic beverages. But wine still far outperforms all other
alcoholic drinks in France, and its...
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.