13 January 2014
Suntory's proposed US$16bn takeover of Beam Inc is the first publicly-acknowledged attempt to buy the pure-play spirits company since it was formed out of Fortune Brands in 2011. But will it be the first and only chapter in this story?
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).
7 June 2013
Beam Inc will become an easier acquisition target from September this year, with Pernod Ricard the likely front-runner as a buyer, according to an analyst.
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.
2 April 2013
This weekend marked the fifth anniversary of Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand. A lot has changed since those heady days of 2008, so how does the race for - and purchase of - V&S look today? Chris Mercer takes a closer look.
19 February 2013
Today (19 February), Coca-Cola Amatil reported its full-year results, revealing a 22% drop in net profits as its packaged food unit SPC Ardmona suffered costs and write-downs.
6 February 2013
Pernod Ricard is set to start work on a visitor centre at its Beefeater distillery in London.
9 December 2012
Hats off the Sunday Telegraph for breaking the story today (9 December) that Diageo has been sniffing around Beam Inc.
9 December 2012
A report in a UK newspaper today (9 December) has claimed that Diageo and Suntory held talks earlier this year with a view to making a move for Beam Inc.
4 October 2012
Beam Inc has opened an innovation centre as it targets achieving a quarter of its annual sales growth from new products.
2 October 2012
It's nearly a year to the day that Beam Inc was officially born, making it the world's only publicly-listed pure-play spirits company. Progress so far has been solid and instrumental in that has been the group's well-travelled Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) chief, Albert Baladi. Just-drinks caught up with the softly-spoken Baladi during a recent visit to London.
2 August 2012
Beam Inc has reported a double-digit jump in first-half profits driven by demand for its Bourbon brands and the Skinnygirl range.
3 May 2012
Beam Inc has posted a good start to the year, with sales and profits performing strongly in the first three months of 2011.
3 February 2012
Beam Inc expects Bourbon sales to continue heading north and is planning to invest in infrastructure to support growth.
3 February 2012
Beam Inc has said that it expects more sales and profits gains in its first full-year as an independent company, after reporting a strong overall performance in 2011.
1 February 2012
Beam Inc is set to release its Q4 and full-year results on Friday (3 February). Below, we take a look at the highs and lows for the company in the three months to the end of December.
27 January 2012
Beam Inc has said it will hand more money back to shareholders via a company dividend, adding to signs that the group is poised to report solid full-year trading.
17 January 2012
Beam Inc has closed its acquisition of Cooley Distillery and has already earmarked the firm's Kilbeggan brand as a potential vehicle for capitalising on strong demand for Irish whiskey.
22 December 2011
Part three of our final management briefing of the year looks back at how 2011 has treated the spirits industry.
19 December 2011
Even before Fortune Brands switched to become solely a spirits player, divesting itself of its golf and home & security divisions earlier this year, the US company seemed quite proud of not behaving like a potential takeover target.
7 November 2011
Beam has announced plans to consolidate its distribution network in Mexico.
3 November 2011
Newly-independent Beam Inc has said that it expects full-year profits to be at the high end of its guidance, backed by higher sales for the first nine months of 2011.
25 October 2011
Beam Inc has realigned its commercial structure in the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region.
7 October 2011
Beam Inc will pay off US$400m of debt thanks to a windfall received following the break-up of Fortune Brands.
5 October 2011
Standard & Poor's has joined Moodys in nudging Pernod Ricard into investment grade territory, but only on the proviso that the French drinks giant does not loosen its purse strings for a big acquisition.
4 October 2011
Beam Inc has begun life as a standalone spirits company, but many analysts believe that it is a case of when, not if, the Jim Beam Bourbon producer is bought.
4 October 2011
Fortune Brands has turned itself into a standalone spirits company named Beam Inc. Here, just-drinks brings you stats on the company's sales and profits for wine and spirits since 2003.
30 September 2011
Two major US announcements from PepsiCo in the last few weeks have set tongues wagging in the industry as to the motivation behind the decisions and what the firm's next move might be.
23 September 2011
The head of Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has hailed SABMiller's takeover agreement with Foster's as "a great deal" for the company.
2 September 2011
Fortune Brands has further primed itself for its move to Beam Inc with the appointment of two additional board directors.