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James Atkinson

Articles by James Atkinson

The Sazerac Co has made a wealth of acquisitions of lateThe Sazerac Co continues buying with SouthTrade International purchase 16 September 2016

The Sazerac Co has acquired control of Australian spirits distributor SouthTrade International.


Australia has long been a successful stomping ground for RTD brand ownersDiageo readies healthier RTD offerings for Australia 16 September 2016

Diageo's Australian unit has announced a AUD20m (US$15m) marketing campaign in support of a new range of healthier RTD products in the country.


Anheuser-Busch InBev is counting down the days to completion of its purchase of SABMillerAnheuser-Busch InBev confirms Australia chief as SABMiller closure looms 16 September 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has lined up the appointment of Peter Filipovic as head of operations in Australia upon completion of its purchase of SABMiller.


Pernod Ricard jointly owns Havana Club with state-owned Cuba RonPernod Ricard wins Ron Matusalem 'Cuba' rum legal fight 16 August 2016

Pernod Ricard has blocked an attempt by the owner of rum brand Ron Matusalem to trademark the phrase 'Matusalem The Spirit Of Cuba Libre' in Australia.


Australia's GBP10-to-GBP30 wine offerings in the UK are being drowned out, argues JagoAustralia’s upper-end wines "not cutting through" in UK – Berry Bros & Rudd CEO 25 July 2016

UK consumers still perceive Australian wine to be homogenous and dominated by big brands, according to the CEO of Berry Bros & Rudd.


The UK is Australia's number one wine export destination by volumeAustralia's wine industry warned of Brexit repercussions 6 July 2016

The UK's exit from the European Union could further impact Australia, according to the Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA).


Aldi has had an alcohol sales application rejected in AustraliaAldi dealt alcohol sales blow in Australia 23 June 2016

Aldi’s plans to expand alcohol sales capabilities to more of its Australian stores have been curtailed by regulators in the state of Western Australia.


Coca-Cola Amatil has created new, international rolesCoca-Cola Amatil eyes export growth with international appointments 31 May 2016

Coca-Cola Amatil has upped its focus on exports through the creation of two new international positions. 


McWilliam's started its tie-up with E&J Gallo 15 years agoMcWilliam's Wines follows E&J Gallo exit with Jeff McWilliam CEO move 27 May 2016

McWilliam’s Wines has followed its return to family control with the appointment of chairman Jeff McWilliam as its CEO.


Zuidam Distillers will change the name of its Flying Dutchman No 3 rum brandZuidam drops 'No 3' from rum brand after Berry Bros & Rudd complaint 27 May 2016

Dutch distiller Zuidam has agreed to change the name of its Flying Dutchman No 3 rum brand, after settling a trademark dispute with Berry Bros & Rudd, owner of No 3 London Dry Gin.




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