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Is SodaStream poised to sell off a 16% stake?ISRAEL: SodaStream quiet on stake sale reports

17 April 2014

SodaStream has declined to comment on reports of a stake sale that has seen its share price leap in the last 24 hours.

US: Ardagh Group to sell Anchor Glass to private equity fund

16 April 2014

KPS Capital Partners, a US private equity fund, is to buy glassware firm Anchor Glass after its owner Ardagh agreed to sell the unit to settle US anti-trust regulators' concerns over a separate deal.

Analysis - Will Diageo's 'eye-watering' United Spirits buy raise spirits?

15 April 2014

As expected, Diageo has stepped up its bid to take majority control of India’s United Spirits Ltd (USL). The UK-headquartered company has launched a tender offer for a further 26% stake in the UB Group unit, which, if successful would raise its stake to around 55%.

FRANCE: Moet Hennessy acquires Burgundy's Clos des Lambrays estate

15 April 2014

Moët Hennessy has lined up the purchase of grand cru de côte-de-nuits Clos des Lambrays.

just On Call - Gruppo Campari CEO silent on Whyte & Mackay bid

15 April 2014

Gruppo Campari's CEO has sidestepped questions over a possible swoop for Whyte & Mackay (W&M), insisting the company will first focus on assimilating new acquisitions.

UK/INDIA: Diageo moves to take United Spirits majority control

15 April 2014

Diageo is moving ahead with plans to take majority control of United Spirits with the launch of a INR114.5bn (US$1.9bn) tender offer for a further 26% stake in the Indian company.

ITALY: Gruppo Campari lines up US$143m Averna Group buy

15 April 2014

Gruppo Campari has agreed to pay EUR103.75m (US$143m) for Italian liqueur maker Averna Group.

UK: Lion Capital silent over Whyte & Mackay bid with ex-CEO

14 April 2014

Private equity firm Lion Capital has declined to comment on a report it has teamed up with Whyte & Mackay's (W&M) former CEO to table a bid for the Scotch whisky producer.

US: Allan Brothers lines up Sagemoor Vineyards buy

14 April 2014

Sagemoor Vineyards, one of Washington state's most well-known commercial wine operations, is set to be acquired by fruit growing firm Allan Brothers for an undisclosed sum.

US: Ardagh Group strikes deal with FTC over Saint-Gobain unit buy

11 April 2014

Ardagh Group has agreed to sell six US glass container production sites to appease anti-trust concerns over its US$1.7bn acquisition of fellow glassmaker Saint-Gobain’s US unit, Verallia.

Exclusive - CHINA: Anheuser-Busch InBev buys Siping Ginsber Draft Beer Co

10 April 2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev has upped its interest in China by acquiring Siping Ginsber Draft Beer Co, just-drinks can exclusively reveal.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - PepsiCo: Time to Split?

10 April 2014

Last month, Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management sent a 37-page letter to PepsiCo's board urging it to spin off, what he described as, its struggling beverage business. Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at the pros and cons of such a monumental undertaking and draws his own conclusions.

Comment - Wine - Oregon Moves from Cottage Wine Industry to Mainstream

7 April 2014

Foley Family Wines' first acquisition in Oregon, announced last week, is a reminder of the growing stature of the US state among wine producers and consumers alike.

Comment - Brown-Forman: Has the Prey become the Hunter?

4 April 2014

It wasn't that long ago that Brown-Forman was put forward as the next company to get swallowed up in the so-called wave of consolidation that is poised to wash over the global spirits industry. And yet, the fish has become the fisherman, if recent speculation is to be believed.

US/FRANCE: Brown-Forman silent over Remy Cointreau bid speculation

4 April 2014

Brown-Forman has declined to comment on speculation it is eyeing a bid for Remy Cointreau, while shares in the French group have been boosted by the rumours.

The just-drinks Interview - Constellation Brands International GM Philip Kingston

3 April 2014

At ProWein 2014, Andy Morton sat down with Constellation's international general manager Philip Kingston to talk about its expanding global ambitions including a new tie-up in China for its Robert Mondavi brand.

Editor's Viewpoint - Becherovka: Is Stock an Option?

3 April 2014

Reports this week that Pernod Ricard is looking to offload Czech liqueur brand Becherovka are on the money. Reuters' story on Tuesday (1 April) was not an April Fool.

CZECH: Carlsberg lines up Zatecky Pivovar purchase

3 April 2014

Carlsberg is to buy a majority stake in Czech brewer Zatecky Pivovar as it targets demand in Europe for Czech beer.

UK/IRELAND: Quintessential Brands buys First Ireland Spirits Co

3 April 2014

Spirits group Quintessential Brands has acquired Irish cream liqueur producer First Ireland Spirits Co.

CZECH: Pernod Ricard mulls Becherovka sale – sources

2 April 2014

Pernod Ricard is scouting for parties interested in acquiring its Czech herbal liqueur brand, Becherovka, just-drinks understands.

US: Foley Family Wines buys Oregon's Four Graces

1 April 2014

Foley Family Wines has made its first purchase in the US state of Oregon, acquiring The Four Graces Winery and Vineyard.

NEW ZEALAND: Accolade Wines closes Mud House Wine Group buy

1 April 2014

Accolade Wines has completed its purchase of a range of New Zealand wine brands from Mud House Wine Group.

S KOREA: Anheuser-Busch InBev completes Oriental Brewery deal

1 April 2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev has finalised its US$5.3bn repurchase of South Korea's Oriental Brewery (OB).

US: Winery Exchange buys Chronic Cellars wine brand

28 March 2014

Winery Exchange, the US-based private label drinks producer, has acquired the Chronic Cellars wine brand.

The just-drinks Interview - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co founder Ken Grossman - Part II

25 March 2014

Last week, we ran the first part of an interview with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co founder Ken Grossman. Here, in part two, the Californian craft brewing icon discusses big brewers' attempts to capitalise on the segment's success and how craft consumers are reacting to cans.

US: Beam Inc gets shareholder nod for Suntory purchase

25 March 2014

The shareholders of Beam Inc have voted in favour of Suntory Holdings' proposed takeover offer, with the purchase set to complete by the end of April.

Comment - Coca-Cola Co's German Bottling For Sale: So What?

19 March 2014

The Coca-Cola system was all over the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference in London this week. As well as The Coca-Cola Co itself, we also had presentations from Coca-Cola HBC, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Icecek.

CAGE 2014: Coca-Cola Icecek keen to grow territory

19 March 2014

The head of Coca-Cola Içecek's parent company has expressed his desire to expand the soft drinks bottler's footprint, but has warned that such opportunities are limited.

CAGE 2014: Coca-Cola HBC mulls juice, water buys

18 March 2014

Coca-Cola HBC has said that it is considering acquisition opportunities as it looks to drive growth in the years ahead.

UK: C&C Group takes full control of Wallaces Express

18 March 2014

C&C Group has acquired the remaining 50% stake in Scotland-based wines and spirits wholesaler Wallaces Express for an undisclosed sum.

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