Blog: The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

James Wilmore | 13 January 2014

Diageo has been quick out of the blocks this year with the acquisition of high-end Tequila brand DeLeon, in partnership with Sean 'Diddy' Combs.  My colleague Olly Wehring noted, however, that the brand is unlikely to be a replacement for Jose Cuervo.

Beam was also on the acquisition trail in the same category, taking co-ownership of 901 Tequila with musician and actor Justin Timberlake.  

In beer, Anheuser-Busch InBev confirmed it was saying goodbye to its chief marketing officer in the USConstellation Brands, meanwhile, continues to benefit from its deal with A-B InBev which saw it take full control of Modelo’s US beer business, Crown Imports.  

In wine, a new just-drinks report looked at the challenge the European wine sector will eventually face from China in international markets, as the country’s production levels outweigh domestic consumption.  

And CSD producers appear to be in for another bumpy ride this year from anti-obesity campaigners. A new UK-based group - ‘Action on Sugar’ - has been launched aimed at getting companies to cut the amount of sugar in their products by up to 30%.  



SABMiller's last word

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions....


Scotch Whisky Association head David Frost to leave for foreign office role

The chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, David Frost, is stepping down to become an advisor to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson....


"Buy a Mountain Dew and enjoy it"

No, this is not PepsiCo's new ad slogan for its Mountain Dew brand....


Did Alibaba's 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival flop?

Major wine players flocked to China ready for online giant Alibaba's 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival, which took place on 9 September....


Is Vietnam about to curb late-night drinking?

In May, Heineken's CEO, Jean-François van Boxmeer, called Vietnam the "poster child" for international beer thanks to strong demographics and growing demand....

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