November 26, 2007
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Last week's announcement that SABMiller is to acquire Grolsch is a fair indication of the pace of consolidation within the global brewing sector of late. Eyebrows were raised, due to Grolsch operating primarily in the mature markets of western Europe and the US. But, considering the urgency with which SABMiller is targeting the up-and-coming markets of China and India, the move does make sense, as it gives the UK-based brewer a brand that could act as a flagship not only in the developed areas, but also in the aspirational newer markets.
Carlsberg and Heineken's hunt for Scottish & Newcastle generated yet more column inches last week, with the two European brewers sailing close to 'attack mode', with a thinly-veiled dig at S&N's trading update and its strategic plans going forward.
Sorted by Christmas? Somehow, I doubt it.
That's also one for next year, at the earliest.
So, the brewing world is the place to be as 2007 draws to a close.
Mid-week, just-drinks met up with the head of Vin & Sprit, another company still under the acquisition spotlight. Bengt Baron was somewhat sanguine about the speculation surrounding the Swedish company, preferring instead to focus on the day-to-day job in hand.
This is another one that'll run into 2008, I'll wager.
In features-land, meanwhile, we took a closer look at the potential available for the fancier, more exotic bottled waters out there. For you winos, meanwhile, we also considered the opportunities and threats open to linking your wine brands with a celebrity name.
I am available for brand linking, incidentally...
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
A glance at the “Water List” at exclusive London hotel Claridge’s may give one a glimpse into the future for the water sector. The lofty prices being asked for exotic waters sourced from far-flung countries may represent something of an extreme, but Annette Farr believes it shows how consumer tastes in water are becoming more sophisticated, providing potential for increasing product innovation and differentiation.
In this month's briefing we examine the development of online grocery shopping. We look specifically at the growing online wine market, and examine both the activities of major grocery chains and specialist drinks retailers in the online sector. As would be expected from a sector expanding from a small base, the online food and beverage market is showing strong year-on-year growth. We provide an overview of the key facilitators for this growth, and include chapters on innovation and development, the marketing of wine online and the importance of an online presence. Market share by retailer for the online grocery sector is also provided along with company profiles for Tesco, Sainsbury's, Ocado/Waitrose, Asda, Majestic Wine, Oddbins/Nicolas and Wine Cellar.
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