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Click through to view the Bowmore collectionProduct Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: Morrison Bowmore Distillers' Bowmore Black Rock, Gold Reef, White Sands

4 April 2014

Morrison Bowmore Distillers is to launch a Travel Retail exclusive collection for its Bowmore Scotch brand.

Product Launch - UK: Lucozade Ribena Suntory's Ribena Orange & Guava

26 March 2014

Suntory is set to release an orange & guava-flavoured version of its Ribena soft drink brand in the UK.

UK: AG Barr chief shrugs off Suntory competition threat

25 March 2014

AG Barr's CEO has shrugged off the idea of competing with Suntory in the UK soft drinks market, arguing that it makes no difference who owns the Ribena and Lucozade brands.

US: Beam Inc gets shareholder nod for Suntory purchase

25 March 2014

The shareholders of Beam Inc have voted in favour of Suntory Holdings' proposed takeover offer, with the purchase set to complete by the end of April.

JAPAN/CHINA: Suntory, China Huiyuan Juice Group agree JV

21 March 2014

Suntory has revealed plans to set-up a joint venture in China with China Huiyuan Juice Group to boost its soft drinks sales in the country.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Asahi in Expansion Mode

13 March 2014

As its Japanese home market struggles to expand Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at the recent overseas ventures that the Asahi Group has undertaken in its hunt for growth culminating in its latest foray, this time in the Indonesian soft drinks arena.

Editor's Viewpoint - Brown-Forman for Sale? Keep it in The Family

11 March 2014

A few weeks ago, reports broke suggesting that Bacardi is set to embark on a shopping spree to plug the Bourbon gap in its portfolio.

JAPAN/INDIA: Suntory Holdings silent on fresh report of Radico Khaitan stake

11 March 2014

Suntory Holdings has declined to comment on another media report linking it to a stake purchase in India's second-largest spirits producer, Radico Khaitan.

US: Beam Inc CEO to pocket US$40m from Suntory takeover

5 March 2014

Beam Inc CEO Matt Shattock is in line to make US$40m if his company's proposed takeover by Suntory Holdings goes ahead.

AUS: C&C Group agrees Magners rugby tie-up

20 February 2014

C&C Group-owned Magners has become the official cider sponsor of Australian rugby union team the New South Wales Waratahs for the 2014 season.

just On Call - Pernod Ricard upbeat on Martell, cool on Whyte & Mackay

18 February 2014

Pernod Ricard maintains that the reliance of its Martell Cognac brand on the Chinese market is not a concern, despite a marked fall in the brand's performance there in the company's fiscal first half.

FRANCE: Suntory Beverage & Food Europe chief to run Orangina Schweppes

18 February 2014

The head of Suntory Beverage & Food's new European unit will also helm Orangina Schweppes Group, the Japanese firm has confirmed.

GLOBAL: Beam Inc unveils Teacher's TV push - video

7 February 2014

Beam Inc has launched a global campaign for its Teacher's Scotch whisky brand that includes lines from Rudyard Kipling's poem “If”.

Editor's Viewpoint - Will Diageo's White Rum Foray Prompt Bacardi Buys?

6 February 2014

The launch of the latest addition to the white rum category will have some folk in Bermuda and Miami in a bit of a flap at the moment, I imagine.

Product Launch - GLOBAL: Beam Inc's L'Essence de Courvoisier Year of the Horse

4 February 2014

Beam Inc has launched a Courvoisier Cognac expression that celebrates the new Chinese lunar New Year.

UK: Suntory Beverage & Food supports Lucozade with GBP10m push

3 February 2014

Suntory Beverage & Food has invested GBP10m (US$16.3m) to continue a UK ad campaign for latest acquisition Lucozade.

US: Major Beam Inc shareholder cuts stake

3 February 2014

Beam Inc has seen its former biggest shareholder significantly reduce his stake in the group, following news of a planned takeover by Japanese firm Suntory Holdings.

US: Beam Inc recruits Mila Kunis for Jim Beam campaign

29 January 2014

Beam Inc has recruited actor Mila Kunis to head up its first global marketing push for the Jim Beam Bourbon brand.

Preview of the Year - 2014 - Part III: Spirits

27 January 2014

The third part of this month's management briefing, in which Euromonitor considers the year ahead for the global drinks industry, sees Jeremy Cunnington and Spiros Malandrakis look at the spirits category in 2014.

UK/JAPAN: Suntory dismisses Whyte & Mackay bid rumours

21 January 2014

Suntory has denied it is bidding to acquire Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay.

UK/JAPAN: Diageo silent over Suntory, Whyte & Mackay bid rumours

20 January 2014

Diageo has declined to comment on reports that Suntory has made a bid for Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay.

AUS: Beam Inc confirms unit restructure, silent on staff exit reports

17 January 2014

Beam Inc has confirmed that it is carrying out a restructure of its Australian unit to make the business more “agile”.

Comment - Beam's Bourbons Attractive to Diageo, But Not Enough for a Counter-bid

15 January 2014

Is Diageo really considering leading a counter-bid consortium for Beam?

just the Facts - Suntory's US$16bn move for Beam

14 January 2014

The biggest proposed deal in the spirits industry in five years was annnounced yesterday (13 January) with Suntory agreeing to acquire Beam Inc for US$16bn.

US: Beam Inc speaks out over Suntory deal misconduct claims

14 January 2014

Beam Inc has dismissed a US law firm’s claims about its conduct involving the proposed US$16bn takeover by Suntory as “baseless”.

Analysis - Rival bids for Beam Inc unlikely

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?

FRANCE: Danone executive to head new Suntory Europe unit

9 January 2014

Japan's Suntory Beverage & Food has appointed Stanislas de Gramont to head its new European subsidiary.

JAPAN: Suntory Holdings eyes alcohol-free beer sales in 2014 plan

9 January 2014

Suntory Holdings is to target non-alcoholic beer sales in Japan this year, as it seeks continued momentum across its domestic alcohol businesses.

UK/JAPAN: Suntory completes US$2.11bn Lucozade, Ribena deal

9 January 2014

Suntory's Beverage & Food unit has completed its GBP1.35bn (US$2.11bn) acquisition of the Lucozade and Ribena brands from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

UK: ASA bans Lucozade ad campaign

8 January 2014

A campaign for Lucozade Sport, formerly owned by GlaxoSmithKline, has been banned by the UK's advertising authorities.

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