In the Spotlight
Who's reporting what on the latest issues in the drinks industry.
17 May 2013
Sales of sparkling cola are under pressure, but one man still believes its stock is high. Cliff Kluge, a pilot from Georgia, told ABC News this week he may have found the original recipe for Coca-Cola - and is selling it on eBay for as much as US$15m.
10 May 2013
It made for some good headlines: 'Coke to ditch ads aimed at kids'; 'Soft drinks giant promises calorie counts on all products'.
11 April 2013
There was much to like in Constellation Brands' full-year results, released yesterday, not least further confirmation of the firm's intention to take full control of its US JV with Grupo Modelo, Crown Imports.
4 April 2013
It took Diageo many years to win the hand of United Spirits (USL), the subsidiary of the Vijay Mallya-owned UB Group. But, this week, the back-slapping that hailed the securing of its successful courtship gave way to pre-wedding jitters
14 March 2013
It came very close, but at the last minute New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for once in his tenure, didn't get the health reform he wanted.
8 March 2013
The battle over China's beer market is hotting up.
28 February 2013
Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to PR. The news that Anheuser-Busch InBev is facing lawsuits in three US states for allegedly “watering down” its beers coincided with the group reporting its full-year results yeserday (27 February).
13 February 2013
Who would have thought that lowering the abv of a Bourbon would provoke so much reaction? Beam will no doubt have been expecting some kind of response to cutting Maker's Mark alcohol content to 42%, announced this week, but possibly not the scale that's emerged.
1 February 2013
It may have been inevitable, but yesterday's move by the US Department of Justice to block Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisition of Grupo Modelo still rocked the industry.
24 January 2013
ThaiBev is poised to take control of Fraser & Neave after rival bidder Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) this week stepped out of the race to acquire the Singapore conglomerate.
29 November 2012
There were few surprises in UK Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement yesterday of a consultation that may end in a GBP0.45 minimum unit price for alcohol.
23 November 2012
It was business as usual for SABMiller in yesterday's (22 November) first-half results - growth in its high-exposure emerging markets outpacing declines in more established corners of the globe equalling a healthy jump in profits.
15 November 2012
It was a merger everyone knew was coming. So, when AG Barr and Britvic announced the imminent arrival of Barr Britvic Soft Drinks yesterday (15 November), all that was left for analysts and commentators to talk about were the details.
8 November 2012
Carlsberg's solid Q3 results yesterday have gone down well with analysts and commentators, not least because of the brewer's continued improvement in the tricky Russian market.
1 November 2012
There were some mixed messages coming from the analysts zone after Anheuser-Busch InBev released its - equally mixed - results yesterday (31 October).
19 October 2012
This week was all about the Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo, which released their third-quarter figures within a day of each other.
12 October 2012
Coca-Cola Hellenic (CCH), Greece’s biggest listed company and the second largest bottler of Coca-Cola's products, said yesterday (11 October) that it is ready to swap its home bourse in Athens for the London Stock Exchange to “better reflect the international nature” of its business.
27 September 2012
On Tuesday, Diageo confirmed it was in talks with United Spirits over buying a stake in the UB Group-owned Indian drinks firm.
20 September 2012
The Wall Street Journal summed it up best: “Now everyone can finally have a drink.”
13 September 2012
PepsiCo's announcement on Tuesday that president John Compton has left to take over a truck-stop and travel-centre operator in Tennessee dropped the flag on fresh speculation over the group's hotly contested CEO ascension race.