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Stuart Todd

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Italian police break counterfeit wine ring 3 July 2020

Authorities in Italy have taken down a network of wine counterfeiters selling fake premium Italian wines online.


InVivo looks to join France's wine big guns with Vinadeis stake increase 2 July 2020

The wine arm of French farming and agri-food co-operative InVivo has opened talks to raise its holding in counterpart Vinadeis, with a view to becoming the country's third-largest wine company.


The Champagne region is bracing itself for a battering this yearChampagne poised for COVID-19 sales crash - forecast 29 May 2020

Trade organisation the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) has warned that Champagne sales this year are set to tumble, with around US$2bn expected to be lost in 2020.


Louis Roederer has added to its presence in CaliforniaLouis Roederer acquires California's Merry Edwards Winery 26 February 2019

Louis Roederer has announced the purchase of Merry Edwards Winery, in the Russian River Valley region of northern California.


Wine and spirits exports from France were up for the fourth year runningFrance's wine, spirits exports rise again in 2018 - figures 14 February 2019

Exports of wine and spirits from France hit yet another high last year, according to figures released this week.


Coca-Cola European Partners targets RTD tea growth in France with site expansion 12 November 2018

Coca-Cola European Partners is investing EUR19m (US$21.5m) in a new bottling line at its production facility in Socx, in northern France.


Heineken readies France production spend as Desperados demand grows 1 November 2018

Heineken is to invest EUR28.9m (US$32.7m) on increasing the production capacity at one of its French facilities, as demand for its Desperados Tequila-flavoured beer continues to rise in the country.


Shopping spree continues for Coca-Cola Co with Tropico buy in France 25 September 2018

The French division of The Coca-Cola Co has acquired the Tropico still drinks producer, along with its namesake brand.


Cognac exports were in growth for France but spirits overall underperformedFrance boosts H1 wine and spirits exports as US, UK lead growth 13 September 2018

France's first-half wine and spirits exports increased 4% in value over the same period last year, new figures show.


PepsiCo intends to offload its only Tropicana production facility in FrancePepsiCo opens talks with investment company over Tropicana site in France 12 September 2018

PepsiCo has found a willing buyer for its Tropicana fruit juice production and bottling facility in France, with Munich-based investment holding company Navigator Capital lining up a move.




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