IBC 2010 is this years KEY event for all those working within the Brewing supply chain. The FIRST CLASS programme featuring industry leading speakers will consider the KEY STRATEGIC PRIORITIES for the sector. With global delegates providing unrivalled networking opportunities and a comprehensive exhibition from industry suppliers, this is an UNMISSABLE Convention.
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The big news last week came from Mexico, where Anheuser-Busch InBev was toasting the decision of an arbitration panel in its dispute with Grupo Modelo in the country.
What are my thoughts on the matter? Why, I'm glad you asked.
With the outbreak of peace between the two, the battle-lines are now drawn in Mexico's beer industry. In the red corner is market-leader Modelo with its heavyweight backer, A-B InBev. Meanwhile, in the blue (green?) corner, it's FEMSA Cerveza and Heineken.
Just across the border, meanwhile, figures released last week have shown that the shift away from the on-premise in the US shows no signs of abating. On a broader geographical basis, research on Friday noted that travel retail wine and spirit sales also struggled last year.
Speaking of research, we considered what the future holds for the wine industry worldwide last week.
Finally, don't forget our management briefing this month looks at the opportunities available in the BRICM markets for all drinks producers.
Until next time...