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Heres what was making the drinks news on this day in years gone by

Here's what was making the drinks news on this day in years gone by

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The glass most definitely looks half full for Constellation Brands at the moment. The company, which bought out its beer JV partner in the US last year, yesterday (2 July) posted soaring Q1 sales and profits driven by strong growth in the expanded beer unit

Monster Beverage is likely to report slower international sales growth in its second quarter with a weaker performance in Japan, Canada and Mexico, an analyst has warned.

Up until around 15 years ago, the range of hops used by the brewing world was, at best, limited. The explosion of craft brewers of late, however, has led to a renaissance. Simon Jackson, executive director of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, considers the role of hop breeding in beer innovation.

Ray Rowlands of independent research consultancy Drinksinfo Ltd considers the potential outcome for Australia's Coca-Cola Amatil should SABMiller eventually succeed in its bid for the Foster’s Group's beer business.

Could a flurry of recent makeovers in the alcoholic drinks sector, particularly for spirits, signal renewed optimism among producers?

There are circumstances when tradition and heritage are to be cherished and there are others when both can hang like dead weights around your neck.

Fairtrade wine may have some way to go to catch up with flagship Fairtrade categories like coffee, tea and bananas, but it is showing growth across a number of markets, and strategists believe that as the sector scales up reservations raised by some wine critics over the quality of the wines will diminish. Ben Cooper reports.

The European Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has unveiled the detailed plans for reform of the European wine sector, following a year of consultation. As expected, there has been some watering down of the reforms but, writes Chris Losh, they still represent a significant change in the way the EU supports its wine industry.

A Coca-Cola employee has been charged with stealing confidential information and trying to pass it to arch-rival PepsiCo.

Merrill Lynch has warned that the impressive growth in the US spirits market could be founded upon "cyclical", short-term movements in demand. Yet such shifts are intrinsic to this image-orientated sector and could be indicative of a wider trend towards consumer experimentation.

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