The week in drinks

The week in drinks

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

US: California backs wine industry in shipping row

California's Senate has backed the state's wine industry in opposing a bill that it says could allow individual US states to discriminate against out-of-state producers.

EUR: CVC Capital Partners buys Autobar drinks vendor

Private equity group CVC Capital Partners has acquired drinks vending machine operator Autobar and is planning further acquisitions in the sector.  

MEXICO: SABMiller complaint sparks beer monopoly probe

SABMiller has sparked a fresh Government investigation into "monopolistic practices" in Mexico's beer industry, but analysts believe the move is unlikely to damage leading brewers FEMSA Cerveza and Grupo Modelo.

US: Craft Brewers Alliance acquires Kona Brewing Co

Craft Brewers Alliance has agreed to acquire Hawaii-based Kona Brewing Co in a merger deal for an undisclosed fee.

INDIA: The Coca-Cola Co plans US$50m bottling plant

The Coca-Cola Co's soft drinks bottling business in India, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, is set to invest INR2.5bn (US$50m) to build a new manufacturing facility in Northern Karnataka.

UK/US: Berry Bros. & Rudd targets US with Anchor Brewers & Distillers tie-up

The spirits unit of Berry Bros. & Rudd has lined up a “strategic partnership” in the US with Anchor Brewers & Distillers.

US: Foster's' Treasury Wine Estates signs distribution deal

Foster's Group's newly named global wine arm, Treasury Wine Estates, has signed exclusive distribution deals with Southern Wine & Spirits of America in several US states.

just On Call - Anheuser-Busch InBev plays down wheat cost fears

Anheuser-Busch InBev has shrugged off concerns that a spike in wheat prices will affect the brewer's performance.

INDIA: Carlsberg launches Tuborg Strong in India

Carlsberg has launched Tuborg Strong in India as it looks to stamp its footprint on the country's emerging beer market.

AUS: Australian Vintage swings to FY profits

Australian Vintage has climbed out of the red for its fiscal full-year, but wine sales continued to struggle amid unfavourable currency rates and pricing pressure in key markets.