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Arkansas set for vote that could end dry spell 4 Sep 14

The US state of Arkansas goes to the polls on 4 November to decide whether to end so-called “dry” counties, meaning ones that don't allow any alcohol sales. About half of the state's 75 counties are alcohol free, and the practice, which dates from Prohibition days, is still in force in a..


BrewDog leashed? Not yet 3 Sep 14

In the past year, BrewDog, the self-styled “punk” brewer, has picked fights with the Portman Group, mainstream lager and Vladimir Putin. But in an interview with the London Times on Monday, the brewer's co-founder James Watt suggested he was ready to rein in his company's wilder impulses...


Press pack prefer to probe Pernod Ricard in private 28 Aug 14

Does Pernod Ricard have something to hide? In a press conference after the release of full-year results today, only a quarter of the 100 minutes were given over to questions from journalists...


Keurig 2.0 launch bodes well for the Coca-Cola Co 26 Aug 14

The Coca-Cola Co's Keurig Cold machine won't be out until next year. But co-developer Keurig Green Mountain has given us a taste with the unveiling this weekend of another at-home beverage platform, the Keurig 2.0...


C&C Group thinks it's all over... it's not yet 8 Aug 14

Last week C&C Group wasn't best pleased when Polish advertising laws banned it from using it Magners logo on Celtic Football Club's kit for the team's Champions League qualifying match against Legia Warsaw...


The Keurig Cold - Coca-Cola Co's informant on the inside 4 Aug 14

Last week, Bloomberg ran a wide-ranging interview with Coca-Cola's North American head Sandy Douglas that focussed on the company's battles against the health lobby. As that particular fight is already well documented, it was the article's insights into Coca-Cola's next generation home-carbonation platform, the Keurig Cold, that were much more revealing...


The real stars behind supermarkets' Scotch success 25 Jul 14

There was a big focus on supermarkets and their Scotch offerings this week when a couple of own-brand malts scooped top awards at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC)...


Coca-Cola Co steps out of the past with new UK home 17 Jul 14

Last night, The Coca-Cola Co's UK division celebrated moving in to its stylish new central London headquarters with a barbecue on its roof-top terrace...


Westons competition lands Peter the story of his life 10 Jul 14

Peter Hardee claims he drinks Henry Westons Vintage Cider because it's just like himself - “nice and mature”...


The man with the golden lager - is Bond still working for Heineken? 8 Jul 14

It has been about two years since Heineken sponsored the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall. Remember when the brewer scored a huge marketing coup by arranging a scene in which the British super spy takes a break from saving the world with a cold glass of Heineken lager?..

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