just Five Years Ago

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?



just Five Years Ago: Anheuser-Busch InBev sells Oriental Brewery 21 Jul 2014

Private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) was revealed in May to have had a bid for Treasury Wine Estates knocked back.


just Five Years Ago: Ireland's clampdown on alcohol 28 May 2014

The Republic of Ireland has long been tagged, for good or bad, as being a hard-drinking nation. The charity Alcohol Action Ireland claims that Irish adults "binge-drink" more than any of their European compatriots.


just Five Years Ago: Coca-Cola Co buys a stake in Innocent 2 May 2014

Five years ago, the Coca-Cola Co signalled its first move to take a chunk of UK smoothie producer Innocent. The stake purchase would eventually lead, four years later, to Innocent giving up 100% of the company to the US soft drinks giant.


just Five Years Ago: Constellation Brands sells 'value' spirits portfolio 4 Feb 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.


just Five Years Ago: Pernod Ricard readies sale of Tia Maria 27 Nov 2013

Five years ago this month, reports started to emerge that Pernod Ricard was looking to offload its coffee liqueur brand Tia Maria.


just Five Years Ago: Diageo eyes stake in United Spirits 29 Oct 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.


just Five Years Ago: Safety Fears Over Energy Drinks Bubble Up 1 Oct 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.


just Five Years Ago: US predicted to become world's biggest wine consumer 2 Sep 2013

Five years ago this week, the US was forecast to become the world's largest wine-consuming market by 2010.


just Five Years Ago: Bacardi takes a stake in Patron Spirits 30 Jul 2013

Five years ago this week, it emerged that Bacardi had agreed to acquire a minority stake in premium Tequila producer Patron Spirits.


just Five Years Ago: InBev's Acquisition of Anheuser-Busch 11 Jul 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.


just Five Years Ago: Dr Pepper Snapple Group's NYSE debut 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.


just Five Years Ago: Carlsberg, Heineken seal Scottish & Newcastle purchase 25 Apr 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.


just Five Years Ago: Beam keeps powder dry after losing race for Absolut 17 Apr 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.


just Five Years Ago: SABMiller, Molson Coors get EU MillerCoors approval 12 Apr 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.