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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Export sales of Scotch whisky by value were flat last year as shipments to China fell sharply, but demand in the US and India hit a record high.

On 8 April 2008, SABMiller and Molson Coors cleared a major hurdle as they moved to set up MillerCoors, their beer joint venture in the US and Puerto Rico. As the European Commission gave the proposal its blessing, MillerCoors took a large stride towards reality.

Diageo has confirmed the appointment of a permanent chief procurement officer.

Investors have got themselves all giddy over Constellation Brands' better-than-expected profits performance, leaving analysts to try and water down the optimism for the year ahead.

Innocent today (9 April) announced it has accepted a further investment by soft drink giant The Coca-Cola Co in a further sign that the firm is facing an uphill struggle.

Focusing on premium brands may have been a priority for spirits producers in recent years but it is economy or standard products which still drive volume growth in many markets. Jeremy Cunnington of Euromonitor International takes a look at various blended Scotch and vodka markets around the world, identifying how important standard and economy products remain and the impact they are likely to have on future growth.

Heineken is heralding the move from exporting its beer to Denmark to brewing under license as an optimistic signal for sales in the country.

In spite of trying to buy up Southcorp, Foster's could itself be a takeover target in the near future, according to press reports.

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