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

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

At the launch of an extension to Heineken's hugely successful Desperados brand two weeks ago, the brewer's UK management issued a brash come-on to rivals looking to challenge them in the so-called “spirit-beer” category. “You'd better be good,” they said.

When Russia closed its borders to Georgian wine in 2006, it was a bitter blow for the former soviet republic's industry. Russia accounted for around 80% of Georgia's wine sales. 

A new report from Euromonitor has reported that cautious optimism prevailed in the beverage alcohol market in 2011, with "consistently improving" volume performances seen across all key categories.

Latest projections from beverage experts Canadean suggest that the global soft drinks market may be putting the tough economic environment of 2008 and 2009 behind it, Richard Corbett reports.

Asahi Breweries is moving nearer acquiring a stake in Vietnam's Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp. (Sabeco), according to reports.

UK smoothie group Innocent Drinks has said it is scouting for potential bidders for a minority stake in its company.

London Gin has gained recognition as a special quality beverage by the European Union.

Blavod Extreme Spirits has ended its potential takeover talks with an unnamed suitor.

California's winemakers believe the signing of an EU-US wine trade pact will "level the playing field" between producers on both sides of the Atlantic.

The European drinks industry has been handed a warning about the marketing of drinks to underage consumers.

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