just Five Years Ago
Every month we look back at what was making the headlines five years ago. What happened? Why? And, where are they now?
4 February 2014
It's been five years since Constellation Brands offloaded a large chunk of its spirits interests by selling its “value” portfolio to Sazerac Company for US$334m.
27 November 2013
Five years ago this month, reports started to emerge that Pernod Ricard was looking to offload its coffee liqueur brand Tia Maria.
29 October 2013
Five years ago this week talk of Diageo taking a stake in United Spirits first emerged. It set in train a series of events that this year saw the Smirnoff producer secure control of the Indian spirits firm.
1 October 2013
Around five years ago this week, a group of US-based scientists called on all energy drinks producers to include warning labels highlighting the amount of caffeine contained in their products.
2 September 2013
Five years ago this week, the US was forecast to become the world's largest wine-consuming market by 2010.
30 July 2013
Five years ago this week, it emerged that Bacardi had agreed to acquire a minority stake in premium Tequila producer Patron Spirits.
11 July 2013
Five years ago this month, the global beer world changed forever. After a shorter-than-anticipated period of wrangling, US brewer Anheuser-Busch accepted a US$52bn takeover bid from Belgium brewer InBev, thus creating the world's biggest brewer.
10 May 2013
Five years ago this week, Dr Pepper Snapple Group began trading as a stand-alone entity on the New York Stock Exchange. The move to becoming a separate publicly-traded company was the result of it being spun off by its owner Cadbury Schweppes.
25 April 2013
It was five years ago this week that the brewing industry said its final farewell to Scottish & Newcastle. The UK-based company saw its shares cease trading on 25 April, 2008, after Carlsberg and Heineken teamed up to buy and then split up the firm.
17 April 2013
It was five years ago this week that Beam Global Spirits & Wine – as Beam Inc was then known – started to come to terms with Pernod Ricard's last-minute grab of takeover target Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand at the end of March, 2008.
12 April 2013
On 8 April 2008, SABMiller and Molson Coors cleared a major hurdle as they moved to set up MillerCoors, their beer joint venture in the US and Puerto Rico. As the European Commission gave the proposal its blessing, MillerCoors took a large stride towards reality.