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Pabst Goes on PR Offensive Over Russian Rumpus 23 Sep 2014

A deal involving the sale of US brewer Pabst Brewing Co (PBC) has been hit with a Russia-related PR headache. But could it have been avoided?


Will Craft Brewers be Tempted by Private Equity? 22 Sep 2014

It had to happen. The last month has seen two US craft brewers take investment from private equity firms as they look to steal a march in the still, fast-expanding sub-category.


Whisk(e)y leads vodka in US, but for how long? 19 Sep 2014

The whisk(e)y category in the US – particularly Bourbon - has been stealing a significant march on vodka in recent months, but can this be sustained?


Whiskey success adds to Southern Comfort's woes 28 Aug 2014

Speaking after the release of Brown-Forman's first-quarter results yesterday, CEO Paul Varga was typically upbeat over the performance of fledgling flavoured whiskey Tennessee Fire.


Brown-Forman reaching out to Russia - CEO 27 Aug 2014

Brown-Forman is trying to open talks with a regional Russian authority that reportedly confiscated some Jack Daniel's products over health fears, its CEO has said.

Latest News

Pabst Brewing plays down new owner's Russia ties 23 Sep 2014

Pabst Brewing Co (PBC) has been forced to issue a statement over the potential future owners of the company after media reports suggested it was being sold to a Russian firm.


PepsiCo eyes innovation lift with new appointment 23 Sep 2014

PepsiCo has poached a Samsung Electronics executive to lead its focus on innovation in the beverage sector.


Fifth Generation defends Tito's Handmade Vodka 23 Sep 2014

The founder of Tito's Handmade Vodka has hit back at a US lawsuit accusing his company of misleading consumers while warning other alcohol producers to expect similar complaints.


Diageo settles Explorers Club trademark dispute 22 Sep 2014

Diageo has agreed to sponsor New York City's The Explorers Club as part of a settlement following a legal battle over the firm's Johnnie Walker range of the same name.


Southern Tier Brewing agrees private equity deal 22 Sep 2014

Southern Tier Brewing Co is set for major growth after agreeing to accept an undisclosed investment from private equity group Ulysses Management and appointing a new CEO.


PepsiCo adds genetics professor to board 22 Sep 2014

PepsiCo has elected the head of an MIT-affiliated biomedical research centre to its board of directors.


Oasis Beverages to buy Pabst Brewing Co 19 Sep 2014

Oasis Beverages has agreed a deal to acquire US brewer Pabst Brewing Co (PBC).


PepsiCo chief adds to criticism of NFL over abuse 18 Sep 2014

PepsiCo's CEO Indra Nooyi has said she is “deeply disturbed” by reports of abuse by US National Football League players and the game's administrators' “mishandling” of the claims.


Jackson Family launches Burgundy-focussed unit 18 Sep 2014

Jackson Family Wines has launched a new unit to promote its Californian wines made from Burgundian varieties.


Gruppo Campari's Espolon Anejo 18 Sep 2014

The US arm of Campari has released an anejo extension of Espolon Tequila in US.

Latest blogs

I got 99 beers. Oh, no, hang on 3 Sep 2014

Often there's no guessing when a marketing prank will hit the spot and when it won't.


Keurig 2.0 launch bodes well for the Coca-Cola Co 26 Aug 2014

The Coca-Cola Co's Keurig Cold machine won't be out until next year. But co-developer Keurig Green Mountain has given us a taste with the unveiling this weekend of another at-home beverage platform, the Keurig 2.0.


The Keurig Cold - Coca-Cola Co's informant on the inside 4 Aug 2014

Last week, Bloomberg ran a wide-ranging interview with Coca-Cola's North American head Sandy Douglas that focussed on the company's battles against the health lobby. As that particular fight is already well documented, it was the article's insights into Coca-Cola's next generation home-carbonation platform, the Keurig Cold, that were much more revealing.