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The deal runs for three years CHINA: Hangzhou Wahaha Group agrees Manchester United tie-up

16 January 2013

The Hangzhou Wahaha Group has announced a three-year sponsorship tie-up with Manchester United.

Preview of the Year - 2013 - Part I: Soft Drinks

8 January 2013

As we welcome in the new year, we invite Euromonitor to cast its eye over what 2013 holds for the drinks industry. In the first part of this month's management briefing, the global market research and analysis provider looks at the soft drinks category.

CHINA: The Hangzhou Wahaha Group eyes global acquisitions - report

14 September 2012

The Hangzhou Wahaha Group has said it will look at global acquisitions in a bid to expand overseas, according to reports.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Iced Tea, Baby!

14 June 2012

This month, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd casts his gaze in the direction of iced tea, and the category's development from its early beginnings to today’s multi-billion dollar business.

In the Spotlight - PepsiCo, Tingyi Holding to heat up competition

4 November 2011

An alliance announced this morning (4 November) between PepsiCo and Tingyi Holding has been hailed by analysts as a smart move for both firms, and a signal that competition is set to intensify in China's soft drinks market.

CHINA: Wahaha Group secures bank funding - report

22 August 2011

The Bank of China has signed an agreement to lend the Hangzhou Wahaha Group (CNY10bn) US$1.56bn, according to a report.

CHINA: Wahaha Group ponders IPO - report

9 March 2011

Hangzhou Wahaha Group is to consider a public listing alongside its plans to launch a hypermarket chain this year, according to reports.

CHINA: Wahaha founder to open stores - report

1 March 2011

Hangzhou Wahaha Group founder Zong Qinghou is to venture into retailing, partly to expand his company's drinks distribution, according to reports.

Comment - Diageo goes Native in Vietnam

27 January 2011

Diageo's decision to partner with Vietnam's local spirits hero, Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Co, looks like a shrewd move, even if the financial benefits start at a trickle.

CHINA: Wahaha chief hits rich list top spot

30 September 2010

Zong Qinghou, the Chinese soft drinks tycoon famous for leading Wahaha through a long-running dispute with Danone, has been named China's richest man.

In the Spotlight – Danone stake sale to Huiyuan Juice Group

30 July 2010

Shares in Huiyuan Juice Group rose by 8% on Thursday (29 July) – the most in almost two months – after Groupe Danone agreed to sell its stake in the firm to Hong-Kong-based private equity firm SAIF Partners.

June Management Briefing - The BRICM Markets – Part I

6 July 2010

The rise of the world’s large emerging markets, Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico - or BRICM to give them their popular acronym - has been especially significant for the drinks industry. With its array of international and local brands and a growing inquisitiveness of consumers worldwide towards foreign drinks, the drinks industry is a good fit for globalisation.

Review of the Year 2009 - Soft Drinks & Water

17 December 2009

It would appear that, beyond the shadow of one major transaction, the soft drinks and water categories had a year of innovation and controversy. A colourful 12 months for the sector, then, as Ben Cooper reports.

CHINA: Danone silent on Wahaha payment

10 November 2009

Groupe Danone has declined to comment on a report that it agreed a EUR300m (US$450m) sum for the sale of its stake in a joint venture with China's Wahaha, ending a dispute between the two groups.

CHINA: Coca-Cola Co develops Minute Maid dairy drink

26 October 2009

Coca-Cola Co is entering the fast-growing Chinese dairy drinks market with a new product under the Minute Maid brand.

UK: Danone Actimel advert banned

14 October 2009

A UK television advert for Danone’s Actimel has been banned by the country's advertising watchdog for failing to back up its claim that the yoghurt drink provides health benefits to children.

just the facts – Danone, Wahaha dispute

1 October 2009

Danone said yesterday (30 September) it has agreed to sell its 51% stake in a joint venture with China's Wahaha, bringing to an end their long-running dispute and years of court battles across the globe. Here we look at five facts on the two companies.

Comment - The Danone Wahaha legacy

30 September 2009

Danone's trademark dispute with Wahaha may have ended, but the fallout from the one of the most long-running and high-profile disputes between joint venture partners in the drinks sector will not disappear so easily.

CHINA: Danone, Wahaha settle dispute

30 September 2009

Danone has agreed to sell its 51% stake in a joint venture with China's Wahaha, bringing to an end their long-running dispute.

just the facts – Disputes between drinks firms

20 August 2009

In 1996, Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co, a leading beverage producer in China, began a joint venture with Danone Group to form five new subsidiaries.

CHINA: Danone dismisses Wahaha victory claim

22 June 2009

A claim by Chinese firm Wahaha that it has won its trademark dispute against Danone has been dismissed by the French dairy and water giant.

CHINA: Wahaha wins latest court battle with Danone

29 April 2009

Wahaha's chairman, Zong Qinghou, has emerged victorious from the Chinese company's latest battle with joint venture partner Danone in a China court.

INDIA: Danone ends Wadia deal to go it alone

15 April 2009

Danone has said it intends to pursue growth in India independently, after announcing the end of its joint venture in the country with Wadia Group.

CHINA: Wahaha to invest in AGV - report

30 March 2009

Chinese food and beverage company Wahaha Group is in talks to invest in Taiwanese rival AGV Products, according to reports.

US: Judge tells Danone to settle Wahaha dispute in China

4 March 2009

A California court has ruled that Groupe Danone's trademark dispute with Chinese joint venture partner Wahaha should be settled in China, not by the US judicial system.

CHINA: Wahaha plans to double sales in five years

11 February 2009

Chinese drinks group Hangzhou Wahaha has said that it remains largely unaffected by the global economic downturn, and plans to double its sales within five years.

CHINA: Danone to appeal latest Wahaha ruling

8 January 2009

Danone, the French dairy and water group, has said it will appeal a court ruling in the British Virgin Islands over its trademark dispute with Chinese business partner Wahaha.

CHINA: Wahaha pins hopes on new Danone tribunal

24 September 2008

Chinese firm Wahaha has said it is confident of victory when its trademark dispute with Groupe Danone goes before a Swedish tribunal in January.

CHINA: Diageo files lawsuit against Johnnie Walker copycat

8 August 2008

Diageo has filed legal action against Chinese drinks firm Blue Blood, accusing the group of copying the packaging design used on Johnnie Walker whisky.

CHINA: Danone to appeal against Wahaha, again

6 August 2008

French food and drink giant Danone has said it will continue to fight its trademark case against Chinese joint-venture partner Wahaha.

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