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LVMH out of Vin & Sprit running

FRANCE: LVMH confirms no offer for V&S

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has confirmed that it will not bid for Swedish state-owned Vin & Sprit.

Bacardi promotion for Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO: Bacardi welcomes family member to Puerto Rico

Bacardi has announced the pending retirement of the president of its Puerto Rican operations, and the promotion of a Bacardi family member to the post.

Scottish & Newcastle brewery closure

UK: Scottish & Newcastle to close UK brewery

Scottish & Newcastle has announced its intention to close its Berkshire brewery in the next two years.

Vin & Sprit false figures row

SWEDEN: Vin & Sprit dismisses false figures claims

Vin & Sprit has shrugged off reports that the Swedish state exaggerated its prospective results in a prospectus used to promote the sale of the company.

US wine heirs in the dark

US: Clueless heirs could prompt wine industry shake-up - survey

Over half of western US wineries will transition to new ownership in the next ten years, according to industry research.

Bacardi, Brown-Forman, Remy Cointreau US alliance

US: Bacardi, Brown-Forman, Remy Cointreau expand alliance

Bacardi, Brown-Forman and Rémy Cointreau are expanding their distribution alliance in the US to include California and Texas.

Diageo half-year results

UK: Diageo upbeat on Asia Pacific, despite Korea "mistake"

Diageo has conceded that it made a "mistake" in South Korea, but maintains that the future still looks promising for its operations in Asia Pacific.

Pernod Ricard government lobbying

US: Pernod lobbied government on trade issues

Pernod Ricard was reported to have spent US$1.3m lobbying the US government on issues including trade with Cuba in the last year.

Belvedere Group 2007 sales

FRANCE: Acquisitions push Belvédère to record 2007

Belvédère has seen acquisitions in 2007 drive sales for the year to record highs.

Heineken French Web punishment

FRANCE: No more French Web publicity for Heineken

Heineken has lost its appeal against an order to remove all publicity from its French website.