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The last week has seen me back at the news helm – where I originally came from, lest we forget – and my hopes for a quiet week fell on a host of dead ears. I thank you all for that, naturally.
Our top story broke right at the end of the week, when the Canada-based store-brand beverage producer Cott Corp. confirmed it is talking to “interested parties” about a possible merger. Cott’s confession followed a suspension of its share trading, after reports that the company is talking to private equity firms about a possible merger with the beverage arm of Cadbury Schweppes.
Just under a month ago, Cadbury Schweppes confirmed it is considering separating its Americas drinks operations and its confectionary business. The Cadbury Schweppes portfolio is armed with brands that include Dr-Pepper and 7-Up. Cott Corp, meanwhile, holds the crown of the world's largest retailer brand beverage supplier. A potential merger of the two companies would create the third largest soft drinks company in the world, and the first real bit of competition to the hegemony of the Pepsi/Coke axis.
Of course, there’s a long way to go yet (and we’ll keep you posted every step of the way), but I feel the industry will welcome this potential merger. As we continue to witness changing consumer demands and dwindling carbonate sales, another major player on the scene will boost competition and hopefully stimulate greater levels of interest and innovation in the category.
That can only be a good thing for everyone concerned.
On a separate matter, as promised last week, I am finally able to introduce our new news editor to you. Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for Miss Jessica Harvey. Jessica has the unenviable task of filling Dean Best’s shoes (he never washed his feet), but with her previous journalistic experience, I’ve every confidence those shoes will be bursting in no time.
You can contact her to personally welcome her on-board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
The market for fairtrade wine is increasing as more wineries in countries such as Chile, Argentina and South Africa gain fairtrade certification. However, writes Monica Dobie, the market for fairtrade products in other alcoholic drinks categories has been slower to develop.
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