Coca-Cola Amatil will take sole sales and distribution control of Beam Globals brands in Australia

Coca-Cola Amatil will take sole sales and distribution control of Beam Global's brands in Australia

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has shifted its sales and distribution tie-up in Australia with Pacific Beverages to one of the venture's joint-owners, Coca-Cola Amatil.

The US-based unit of Fortune Brands confirmed today (21 March) that it has signed a ten-year “incentive-based” agreement with Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) in Australia. The agreement sees CCA continue with the sale and distribution of Beam Global's products that Pacific Beverages - CCA’s joint venture with SABMiller – cemented in 2007.

CCA will also continue to produce Beam Global's RTD brands in the country, where Beam Global is the market leader with Jim Beam and Cola.

The announcement casts further doubt on the viability of the Pacific Beverages joint venture between CCA and SABMiller. A month ago, CCA's managing director, Terry Davis, dismissed reports that the division was approaching the end of its tenure. “There are no changes and there have been no changes to our joint-venture arrangement with SABMiller, full-stop,” Davis said.

Speculation out of Australia earlier this year has suggested that the two have reached an in-principle agreement to dissolve Pacific Beverages, should SABMiller seek to buy out Foster's' Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) business. Foster's is set to demerge its beer and wine units by the end of May.

No-one was available for comment at either CCA or SABMiller when contacted by just-drinks today.