just the round-up - The week in drinks

By | 2 October 2009

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

Smaller glasses for UK on-trade

UK: Two-thirds pint measure approved for bars

Drinkers in the UK will soon be able to order beer and cider in two-thirds of a pint under new Government rules that have been welcomed by the industry.

Scotland minimum pricing latest

UK: Scotland knocks back critics of minimum pricing on alcohol

Scotland's Government is ignoring advice from competition officials and intends to press ahead with its plan to set a minimum price on alcoholic drinks, claiming the policy could save hundreds of lives every year.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Tennent's sale closes

UK / IRELAND: A-B InBev completes Tennent's sale to C&C Group

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed the sale of its brewing operations in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland, including the Tennent's lager brand, to C&C Group.

Australian MD switch at Lion Nathan

AUS: Lion Nathan names new Australia chief

Lion Nathan has said that James Brindley is set to become managing director of Lion Nathan Australia, following the brewer's takeover by Kirin Holdings.

Coca-Cola label change

GLOBAL: Coca-Cola Co to print calories on all drinks

Coca-Cola Co has said it will print calorie information per serving on all products worldwide in order to increase consumers' awareness about the calorie content of its soft drinks.

Diageo, Sainsbury's, Pitchers and Pimm's

UK: Diageo, Sainsbury's settle Pimm's row

Diageo and Sainsbury's have come to an agreement over the UK supermarket's Pimm's-like beverage, Pitchers.

The rise of lower alcohol wines

UK: Demand growing for lower alcohol wines - Tesco wine chief

Demand for lower alcohol wines is growing, but many UK consumers still liken the use of technology to reduce alcohol content to the creation of "Frankenstein's Monster", according to the head wine buyer for Tesco.

A-B InBev packaging sale closes

US: Anheuser-Busch InBev completes packaging plants sale

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed the sale of four metal can and lid packaging plants to Ball Corporation for US$577m.

FEMSA begins beer talks

MEXICO: FEMSA confirms beer unit "opportunities" talks

Fomento Economico Mexicano has confirmed that it is in discussions to "explore opportunities" involving its beer business.

Pernod Ricard Campo Viejo push

UK: Pernod Ricard launches Campo Viejo wine campaign

Pernod Ricard has launched a new campaign for its Campo Viejo wine brand in the UK, adding weight to company claims that the Spanish wine brand is not for sale.

Sectors: Beer & cider, Soft drinks, Spirits, Water, Wine

Companies: InBev, Lion Nathan, Anheuser-Busch, C&C Group, Diageo, Coca-Cola Co, Pimm’s, Kirin, FEMSA, Pernod, Ricard

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