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Focus - US industry in dogfight once more over direct shipping 20 May 2010

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The introduction of a new bill into the US Congress that seeks to reaffirm the states’ powers to regulate alcohol has reignited the debate over inter-state direct wine shipping, and sparked a fierce battle between drinks wholesalers and suppliers. Ben Cooper reports.


Focus - Indian Wine Sector in Damage Control 13 May 2010

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Unsold wine in tanks, wineries shutting down and vineyards being uprooted. It's not a pretty picture for India’s infant wine industry as it bears the twin-pronged brunt of global glut and domestic roadblocks. That was the backdrop against which India’s first National Wine Conference was held in New Delhi last week and, if anything, the meet underlined fears that the country’s wine sector is in a ‘make or break’ situation.


Focus - Molson Coors steps into China 4 May 2010

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The head of Molson Coors Brewing Co has said that a new joint-venture in China will not mark the beginning of a spending spree on emerging markets.


Focus – US: Coca-Cola Enterprises sees "rebound" in US 27 Apr 2010

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Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) said it is seeing a “rebound” in the US soft drinks market, despite recording a drop in sales volumes for the region in the first quarter.


Focus - PepsiCo steals reputational march on Coke 23 Mar 2010

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Both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Co have been forced by campaigners to make international commitments on school vending. PepsiCo has gone further than its rival while, Ben Cooper writes, its commitments on selling drinks in schools can also be seen in the context of other recent statements it has made on nutritional goals and the marketing of better-for-you products.


Focus - UK: AG Barr shares up as it “outperforms” market 22 Mar 2010

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AG Barr shares have risen by 1.6% as the UK soft drinks firm booked a 21% increase in full-year profits on a market that has proved more resilient than expected.


Focus - Brown-Forman holds back on China 12 Mar 2010

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Diageo and Pernod Ricard have spent much of the last year talking up China's thirst for premium spirits, but some of their smaller rivals are happy to leave the 'big two' to fight it out in the country - for now.


Focus - Brown-Forman in distribution rethink 10 Mar 2010

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Brown-Forman is reassessing distribution arrangements for its wine and spirits brands in key markets.


Focus - Beer growth set to continue in Asia 4 Mar 2010

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On a continent-by-continent basis, Asia is top of the pile when it comes to beer consumption. The region offers many opportunities for growth for the global brewers - welcome words in these trying times. Despite Japan's flat performance of late in the brewing sector, the potential offered by the likes of China and India means Asia is where the beer world is looking in 2010. Gavin Blair in Tokyo, Frances Wang in Shanghai, Raghavendra Verma in New Delhi and Karryn Miller, take a closer look at the region.


Focus - BELGIUM: A-B InBev to expand cost savings beyond 2011 4 Mar 2010

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Anheuser-Busch InBev has said it is working on a fresh round of cost savings beyond the close of its current synergies programme in 2011.


Focus - US: Hansen Natural to “address” CCE contracts 1 Mar 2010

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Hansen Natural has said its contracts with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will need to be “addressed carefully” in the wake of CCE's deal with The Coca-Cola Co last week.


Focus - UK: Coca-Cola Enterprises plans launches in 2010 1 Mar 2010

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Coca-Cola Enterprises is planning a series of new drinks launches in the UK and has said it is "business as usual" in 2010, following news that its North American operations are to be acquired by soft drinks giant The Coca-Cola Co.


Focus - US: Coca-Cola Co denies 'about face' on CCE deal 25 Feb 2010

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The Coca-Cola Co has insisted its move to acquire the North American operations of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is “absolutely proactive play” and not a reaction to PepsiCo’s similar announcement last year.


Focus - US/CANADA: Cott Corporation to focus on US market 24 Feb 2010

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Soft drinks group Cott Corporation has said the US market will be a priority for the firm in 2010.


Focus - UK: Pernod Ricard's plan to lift Jacob's Creek 23 Feb 2010

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Jacob's Creek faces a crucial year in the UK as owner Pernod Ricard looks to arrest a sales decline and lift the brand to a more premium platform.


Focus - Is minimum alcohol pricing dead in the water? 23 Feb 2010

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Plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland appear to be faltering, while political support for such a move south of the border appears thin on the ground. With questionable legality under EU law a key stumbling block, Ben Cooper examines the question of minimum pricing in the context of the wider alcohol policy debate in the EU.


Focus – CAGNY 2010: Coca-Cola Enterprises credits package options for growth 19 Feb 2010

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The head of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has hailed the success of the company's “price-package architecture” in North America in 2009.


Focus - CAGNY 2010: Coca-Cola Co targets Latin America's middle class 19 Feb 2010

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The Coca-Cola Co is looking to invest billions of dollars in key Latin American markets to target a growing number of middle class consumers in the region.


Focus - CAGNY 2010: SABMiller to woo Africa with cheaper beer 19 Feb 2010

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Making beer more affordable is the biggest immediate challenge facing SABMiller in Africa, according to the brewer's managing director of the continent.


Focus - CAGNY 2010: Danone's eye on emerging markets 19 Feb 2010

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French food and beverage giant Danone has reiterated that it intends to focus on emerging and developing markets in 2010 with a target of increasing consumer penetration by 50%.


Focus - CAGNY 2010: PepsiCo eyes Russia for growth 18 Feb 2010

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Soft drinks giant PepsiCo has targeted Russia as a “window of opportunity” for growth and said it now has plans to “step up several gears” in the country.


Focus – CAGNY 2010: Dr Pepper Snapple Group hopeful of west coast growth 18 Feb 2010

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) has confirmed that its west coast production and distribution facility in the US is on schedule to begin operations by the end of this month.


Focus - AUS: Coca-Cola Amatil eyes Indonesia growth 17 Feb 2010

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Coca-Cola Amatil has said it expects to achieve double-digit volume growth in its Indonesian market as it looks to build on a 16.4% rise in full-year group profits for 2009.


Focus - CAGNY 2010: FEMSA sees value outside of Latin America 17 Feb 2010

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Mexico-based Fomento Economico Mexicano (FEMSA) is looking to add value to its Coca-Cola FEMSA arm by expanding the business, possibly outside of Latin America.


Focus – UK: GSK lines up drinks launches, ups Lucozade spend 17 Feb 2010

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GlaxoSmithKline will double marketing spend on Lucozade Sport and launch new juice drinks as part of a multi-million pound investment in soft drinks in 2010.


Focus - FEMSA props up beer sales with price rises 15 Feb 2010

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FEMSA Cerveza, the beer division recently sold to Heineken by Fomento Economico Mexicano, saw results in 2009 bolstered by price rises, currency gains and a tax break in Brazil.


Focus - Coca-Cola FEMSA working on expansion 15 Feb 2010

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Mexico-based Coca-Cola FEMSA has said it is working on "rapid expansion", after reporting strong sales and profits for 2009.


Focus - Coke and Pepsi vie for bragging rights 12 Feb 2010

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The bitterest rivalry in the soft drinks market and arguably in the entire consumer goods arena is that between Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Conveniently for those wishing to see how that battle is progressing, the two companies publish their annual results within a few days of one another. Ben Cooper takes a look at their performances and assesses who currently has the bragging rights.


Focus - Soft drinks advertisers set to feel the Obama effect 28 Jan 2010

Column: Focus

The US government is planning to introduce voluntary guidelines governing the advertising of food and drink to children, while the First Lady will soon be heading her own campaign to fight childhood obesity. The next few months are therefore likely to be more than a little interesting for representatives of the soft drinks industry stateside. Ben Cooper reports.


Focus - Pressure on soft drinks set to ramp up in 2010 7 Jan 2010

Column: Focus

While the economy dominated the news agenda in 2009, the coming year will see renewed pressure on soft drinks companies in areas such as sugar content, advertising and functional ingredients. Ben Cooper looks ahead to see which issues are set to come to the fore during the coming year.

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