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No Home Comfort for TWE as Bids Collapse

It's an awkward moment in any relationship, bringing the object of your affections home for the first time....

No Time for Glitz as Soda Tax Resurfaces

The soda tax issue is bubbling up in the US again, this time in the Californian city of Berkeley....

Bacardi Seeks Own History at Bombay Sapphire Home

It started with a fire in 2006 at the Quintessential Brands-owned distillery in Warrington, where Bombay Sapphire was previously made. A bla...

2014 to be Groundhog Year for W Europe soft drinks

The markets of Western Europe have long been the engine for soft drinks companies, generating steady returns and providing a dependable work...

Editor's Viewpoint – Treasury Wine Estates: Here I Go Again On My Own 30 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

The book has been closed – for now – on the end of the plc line for Treasury Wine Estates, following yesterday's announcement that it has called time on negotiations with two separate parties on a possible takeover.

Comment - Pabst Brewing Co Goes on PR Offensive Over Russian Rumpus 23 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

A deal involving the sale of US brewer Pabst Brewing Co (PBC) has been hit with a Russia-related PR headache. But could it have been avoided?

Comment - Will More Craft Brewers be Tempted by Private Equity? 22 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

It had to happen. The last month has seen two US craft brewers take investment from private equity firms as they look to steal a march in the still, fast-expanding sub-category.

Comment - Spirits - Scottish Independence and the Scotch Whisky Industry 18 Sep 2014

Ian Buxton

The time is finally here: Today, Scotland decides. Will The Union remain or is Scotland set to declare its independence from the UK? With the country taking to the polls, Ian Buxton takes one final look at what the result of the vote will mean for the Scotch whisky industry.

Editor's Viewpoint - Wine in the UK: Tell Us Something We Don't Know 18 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

Yesterday afternoon, here in London, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association hosted its annual conference. Headlining the show was Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency and best known for creating the Levi 501 ads and the 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' tagline for Audi.

Comment - Wine - Can the New World Learn a Lesson from the Old? 16 Sep 2014

Chris Losh

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to Chile, a wine-producing nation that could be on the cusp of something big, provided it looks to the past to help model its future.

Editor's Viewpoint – Heineken's 'No' Cuts SABMiller Options as Anheuser-Busch InBev Looms Large 15 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

Heineken's announcement earlier today of an approach by SABMiller confirms what some observers have warned in recent months: The 'Mega-Merger' is most definitely on.

Comment - Wines of the Beautiful South Ups its Game 11 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

Triple-region wine show The Beautiful South kicked off in London yesterday, with a different feel and look to last year's inaugural event.

Editor's Viewpoint - Guinness: A Great Day for St James's Gate 10 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

Today's official opening of the new Guinness production facility at the brand's St James's Gate site in the centre of Dublin stands in marked contrast to how the plot's future looked less than ten years ago. It is refreshing to see – for whatever reason - a plc the size of Diageo bowing to a brand's provenance, even if such nods are a rarity these days.

Editor's Viewpoint - William Grant & Sons' Move for Drambuie: It Had to be You 9 Sep 2014

Olly Wehring

While it was a predictable bit of business, William Grant & Sons' purchase of Drambuie – announced yesterday – still carries a slight element of surprise to it for me.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Russia in Turmoil 9 Sep 2014

Ray Rowlands

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at the changing face of the Russian beverage market and reviews the impact of the current economic and political situation on the country’s demand for soft drinks.

Comment - Spirits - Can Absolut's US Headache be Soothed by Elyx? 4 Sep 2014

Richard Woodard

Late last month, in Pernod Ricard's full-year results, the spirits company flagged a tough time for Absolut vodka. Richard Woodard surveys the wreckage and considers the brand's future.

Comment - Short-term Pain at United Spirits, but Diageo Must Look to Future 4 Sep 2014

James Wilmore

Finally, after a near four-month delay United Spirits reported its full-year results today.

M&A Watch - Who's in the Running for Altia Corp? 4 Sep 2014

Stefan Kirk

Earlier this year, the Finnish Government announced plans to privatise Altia Corp, as part of its programme to raise funds for budget spending.

Comment - Spirits - Diageo's Distill Ventures: One Year On 2 Sep 2014

Ian Buxton

Last month, Diageo confirmed that it was upping the intake of its entrepreneur initiative project, Distill Ventures. Ian Buxton speaks to Frank Lampen, the unit's chief tasting officer, to learn how Distill Ventures is working out for the drinks giant.

Comment - Beer - The End of the Road for International Brands? 28 Aug 2014

Larry Nelson

Larry Nelson has been looking at the global brewers' numbers this month, and mulling what their report cards say about the state of international beer brands.

Editor's Viewpoint - Another One Bites Bacardi's Dust 27 Aug 2014

Olly Wehring

One of the things I noticed quite early into my career covering drinks was just how many so-called 'industry veterans' there are. One of my regular lines quickly became that people seldom leave our industry, presumably because it's so much fun.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Monster of a Deal 26 Aug 2014

Ray Rowlands

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd reviews Coca-Cola Co's link-up with Monster Beverage Corp and contemplates PepsiCo’s reaction to the purchase.

M&A Watch - Monster gets the Better of Coca-Cola Co in Alliance Deal 26 Aug 2014

Stefan Kirk

There's no doubt about it, the Coca-Cola Co - Monster Beverage Corp deal is a smart strategic partnership, aligning the two parties in an optimal way in the energy drink category.

Comment - Coca-Cola Amatil - A Canary in the Mine 22 Aug 2014

Andy Morton

With a fast-growing developing market in Indonesia and a mature, yet pressurised, base in Australia, there's a crude argument that Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is a microcosm of the Coca-Cola network as a whole.

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