In the Spotlight
Who's reporting what on the latest issues in the drinks industry.
29 November 2013
One of the spirits industry's longer-running sagas gained an extra chapter this week when Diageo announced that it is willing to sell off a large chunk of Whyte & Mackay (W&M).
15 November 2013
The final death count of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last week, is still a long way from being known. The relief effort is well underway, however, and drinks companies are among those that have moved to support those affected by the disaster.
17 October 2013
The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo's third-quarter results both hit the pavement this week, with contrasting performances for the beverage rivals in their home market.
27 September 2013
David Dearie, the head of Treasury Wine Estates who left the company this week, may derive some satisfaction from the thought that it was not a lack of ambition that led to his downfall.
15 August 2013
It was the turn this week of a small brewery in Norwich to wander blinking on to the nation's front pages, in a classic David-and-Goliath story that also fanned the Twitter flames. Though, as it turned out, not all was as it first seemed.
12 July 2013
Just how good are Heineken and Anheuser-Busch InBev at sticking to their commitments? That's the question SABMiller will be asking itself this week after Mexico's competition authorities finally answered the brewer's long-standing plea to review its rivals' alleged monopolising of the country's beer market.
4 July 2013
There was an outbreak of eyebrow raising earlier this year when the Coca-Cola Co confirmed it was relaunching Sprite in the UK with some of the sugar replaced with stevia.
27 June 2013
As Turkish authorities kept watch over Taksim Square following a month of anti-government protests, the country's alcohol industry was bracing itself for its own crackdown.
13 June 2013
What China giveth, China also taketh away, was the lesson for Rémy Cointreau in its full-year results this week.
6 June 2013
It was Brown-Forman's “stellar year”, at least according to company CFO Don Berg.
30 May 2013
It is shaping up to be one of the drinks industry's biggest events of the year. This week, Suntory got approval to list its food and soft drinks unit on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, paving the way for the group to raise as much as US$4.7bn.
24 May 2013
It has been a busy six months for Britvic - a merger with AG Barr delayed, full-year profits down one-fifth - so it should have come as no surprise Wednesday's (22 May) first-half results were so intriguing.
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.