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In the Spotlight - The Pepsi Bottling Group 13 Feb 2009

Column: In the Spotlight

A slide in full-year net income for Pepsi Bottling Group this week led to a drop in its full-year forecast as the strengthening US dollar continues to hurt overseas sales.


In the spotlight - Alcohol for minors 6 Feb 2009

Column: In the Spotlight

Last week, we reported on the recommendation by the UK's chief medical officer that parents should not give their children any alcohol until they were at least 15 years old. The story prompted us to query what the alcohol industry should offer as a response - in these days of responsible drinking, the official line has been the condemnation of giving alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age. However, with the binge drinking culture so prevalent in the UK, surely a controlled introduction by parents to the taste - and the dangers - of alcohol could help foster a healthy respect for the product? This conundrum prompted a wealth of responses from just-drinks readers. A selection of those responses follow.


In the Spotlight - Cott Corporation 30 Jan 2009

Column: In the Spotlight

Cott Corporation, the world's largest private label soft drink maker, said this week that its exclusive supply agreement with US supermarket chain Wal-Mart Stores had been terminated “without cause”.


In the Spotlight - Alcohol tax hikes 23 Jan 2009

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Tax hikes have taken centre stage in discussions between the alcohol industry and several national and state governments around the world over the last year. Michelle Russell reports on a global trend for raising drinks duty.


In the Spotlight - Global wine market 19 Jan 2009

Column: In the Spotlight

Businesses are shedding jobs and retail sales are in the gutter, but new research shows that consumers will stare into the economic abyss with a glass of wine in their hand, reports Michelle Russell.


In the Spotlight – Constellation Brands 9 Jan 2009

Column: In the Spotlight

Constellation Brands posted a 30% drop in third-quarter net income this week and lowered its profit outlook, hit by the effects of the global downturn on its major markets. Michelle Russell assesses reaction to the results in the investment community.


In the Spotlight – Cadbury 18 Dec 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Cadbury officially put its Australian soft drinks business up for sale this week following a strategic review of the business.


In the Spotlight - Cobra Beer 1 Dec 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Some of the fizz certainly seems to have left Cobra Beer’s fortunes, after the UK-based company announced last week that it had been put up for sale by its founder, Lord Bilimoria.


In the Spotlight - Lion Nathan, Coca-Cola Amatil 24 Nov 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

The Australian drinks industry has certainly experienced a shake-up in the last week following Coca-Cola Amatil’s rebuffal of Lion Nathan’s A$7.7bn (US$4.75bn) takeover bid. The offer, which Lion Nathan's chief executive Rob Murray described as an “attractive premium”, has been met with some scepticism amongst the analyst community, who believe a sweeter offer could be on the cards.


In the spotlight - John Dunsmore, C&C and Magners 14 Nov 2008

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In a surprise move this week, John Dunsmore, the former boss of giant brewer Scottish & Newcastle, was parachuted in to ailing cider firm C&C.


In the spotlight - Hansen Natural 13 Oct 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Hansen Natural reached a distribution deal this week with Coca-Cola Co, together with Coca-Cola Enterprises, to distribute its Monster energy drink in six Western European countries as well as Canada and “selected territories” in the US..


In the Spotlight – Constellation Brands 10 Oct 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

The news that Constellation Brands last week posted a huge slide in second quarter earnings garnered a mixed reaction amongst the press and analyst community, reflecting some of the contrasting messages that came out of the group’s financials.


In the spotlight: Maxxium Worldwide 8 Sep 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

It’s been a tough week for global distributor Maxxium, whose future now hangs in the balance following deals to secure the departures of Pernod Ricard and Rémy Cointreau last week.


In the spotlight - Coca-Cola Amatil 26 Aug 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Describing itself as a powerhouse in the Australian FMCG sector, Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is certainly an iconic figure in the Australian drinks industry.


In the Spotlight - AG Barr & Rubicon 11 Aug 2008

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AG Barr last week took one step closer to becoming a cosmopolitan brand owner as it snapped up tropical fruit juice group Rubicon on Tuesday (5 August).


In the spotlight - Bacardi & Patrón 4 Aug 2008

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In its elegant decanter, Patrón is a symbol of the maturing Tequila market. Its traditional 'shooter and slammer' image is long gone and in its place is a much more sophisticated drink now sipped by suits in nightclubs and trendy bars. Yet there's nothing genteel or sophisticated about the legal bar-room brawl that broke out over the US$1bn brand last year.


In the Spotlight - PepsiCo 28 Jul 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Under the stewardship of chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo has so far been able to shrug off the rising costs and economic slowdown that has taken the shine off many beverage and food companies.


In the spotlight: Coca-Cola Enterprises 18 Jul 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

I know what is top of mind for all of you — the current macroeconomic environment and its impact on our results,” said Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, yesterday (17 July) as he reported the soft drinks group’s second quarter results.


In the Spotlight - Stolichnaya 20 Jun 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

It has survived the Iron Curtain, endured rationalisation in the global drinks industry and numerous changes in its distribution and even a feud with the Russian state, but Stolichnaya is still standing strong.


In the spotlight: Trevor O'Hoy 13 Jun 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Trevor O’Hoy tended his resignation as chief executive officer of Fosters last week (10 June) after 33 years tenure with the company. His resignation, although sudden, comes amid a period of trying times for the Australian drinks giant, who has just issued a profits warning and a write-down of AUS$770m of assets following a poor performance in its wine business.


In the Spotlight – Central European Distribution Corporation 9 Jun 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) may appear something of a misnomer for a company headquartered in the US and listed on the New York Stock Exchange but it is a name attracting considerable attention nonetheless. And it is little wonder.


In the spotlight - Robert Mondavi 30 May 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Earlier this month, we bade farewell to the godfather of California wine, Robert Gerald Mondavi, the man who transformed the wine industry and became an ambassador for the Napa Valley.


In the spotlight - SABMiller 16 May 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

At a time when so many companies are feeling the pressures of the economic downturn and cost inflation, it was heartening to see SABMiller report relatively robust full-year results this week.


In the Spotlight - Dr Pepper Snapple Group 9 May 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Shares in the Dr Pepper Snapple Group officially begun trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday (7 May). Headlines accompanying the first few days of this newly-listed soft drinks group were either going to contain plenty of puns about “sparkle” and “fizz” or report on a “flat” few days.


In the Spotlight: Neville Isdell, CEO, The Coca-Cola Company 18 Apr 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

If Coca-Cola Company CEO Neville Isdell thought the impending end of his tenure would allow him to bow out of his last AGM as CEO peacefully, he would have been sorely disappointed.


In the Spotlight - Pernod Ricard, Vin & Sprit - questions, questions 1 Apr 2008

Column: In the Spotlight

Pernod Ricard's victory in the race to buy Vin & Sprit has sent shockwaves across the global spirits industry, whilst also throwing up a vast array of questions. In a spotlight special, Jessica Harvey picks through the finer details of the deal to find answers to those questions. Esewhere on the just-drinks site, Olly Wehring talks to Tom Flocco, president and CEO of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, who had been everyone's hot favourite to win V&S's hand.


In the spotlight – Muhtar Kent 10 Dec 2007

Column: In the Spotlight

Coke’s choice of Muhtar Kent as its next CEO ensures a smooth transition from Neville Isdell, and has gone down well with the company’s bottling partners. But while the promotion of a chief operating officer associated with so much progress made by Coke in recent years can be seen positive, Chris Brook-Carter believes Kent faces some stern challenges, not least shaking off controversy over his alleged involvement in insider trading in the 1990s.


In the spotlight – Rising costs, hiding in hedges 6 Dec 2007

Column: In the Spotlight

Rising raw material costs have been a feature of numerous companies' results over the past few months. As Jessica Harvey writes, some companies have been able to bolster themselves against this trend by hedging. The longer the rising cost pressures persist, however the more difficult the situation will become while companies prepare to find out how consumers will react to the inevitable rises in retail prices.


In the spotlight: C&C Group 16 Oct 2007

Column: In the Spotlight

The dramatic rise of Magners cider was perhaps the biggest brand marketing success story in the UK drinks market in recent years. But, Chris Brook-Carter writes, bad weather and heightened competition from a larger player keen to gain a share of the all-new premium cider category have resulted in an equally dramatic reversal of fortune for brandowner C&C Group.


In the Spotlight: Froggatt and Dunsmore 1 Oct 2007

Column: In the Spotlight

The earlier-than-expected departure of Tony Froggatt as CEO of brewing force S&N has set the City rumour-mill churning. The brewer insists the move is a planned succession but, Chris Brook-Carter writes, whatever the reasons behind Froggatt’s accelerated departure, new CEO John Dunsmore will have little time to settle into his new job before addressing shareholders’ concerns.

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