Alcohol In Moderation
Ahead of next week's UK Budget, Chris Losh bemoans the fiscal pressures placed on the drinks industry. Could we not trumpet our good sides, he asks?
As the Indian Budget approaches, Scotch whisky exporters are looking for reform of what is seen as a grossly inequitable duty system. But in spite of determined lobbying, writes Richard Woodard, the grounds for optimism are slender.
In this month's Just the Answer interview, Dmitry Kistev, exports director at Russian beer company Baltika, discusses the Russian beer brand's international growth and plans for the future, a week after the brewer, owned by Carlsberg/S&N joint venture Baltic Beverages Holding, reported record sales for 2005.
The success of Hero Foods’ natural fruit drink Fruit2day not only confirms the strength of the wellness trend but the willingness of consumers to pay a premium for beverages with real health credentials. The company is following up successful launches in Germany and the Netherlands with a UK debut and is also looking further afield. Ute Ballay reports
The UK government remains committed to minimum pricing and still believes the measure is legal under European law, a minister has said.
Lower-strength beers are helping to cut the consumption of alcohol units in the UK, but brewers are struggling to convince consumers that the products are “proper” alcohol, a Molson Coors’ director has said.
The family of Peter Duff, the executive vice president of the International Wine & Spirit Competition who has committed suicide with his wife in Switzerland, has paid tribute to his leading role in the drinks sector.
A product launched in the US which claims to reduce the effects of a hangover has been condemned by proponents of sensible consumption and marketing of alcohol.
New Zealand should aim to ban the sale of carbonated soft drinks in its schools faster than the US, the country’s health minister has said.
Pernod Ricard USA has won a trademark battle which had threatened its Kentucky Bourbon brand Wild Turkey.
Coca-Cola Co. is pressing governments in Eastern Africa to cut excise duty and encourage growth in the soft drinks industry throughout the region.
Chilean wine producer Viña MontGras expects the company to report a 15% rise in revenues this year, with sales reaching US$14.4m, according to local reports.
Bordeaux wine producers yesterday voted to boost flagging prices by supplementing EU distillation subsidies and borrowing EUR15m (US$18.5m).
US premium wine producer Cosentino Wines has seen its annual losses narrow on the back of rising domestic sales.
Big Rock Brewery has posted a slight fall in net income for last year.
Japanese drinks group Kirin has launched two distinctive multi-packs, developed by Rengo Riverwood Packaging, for its Fire canned coffee brand.
Carlsberg is set to become the latest brewer to launch a home brewing kit in an attempt to boost flat beer sales in Western Europe.
Embattled West Australian winemaker Evans & Tate is to sell off its Mildura winery to UK beverage group Neqtar.
Mexico’s leading brewer Grupo Modelo has won its contract dispute with distributor the Gambrinus Co.
South African wine producer Omnia Wines is to change its name to ‘the company of wine people’ from April 1 to better reflect its business ethos, the company has announced.
Three partners have joined forces to form a Californian wine company called Vintage Point – “Partners in Wine”, which aims to assist small boutique wineries in their sales and marketing.
A wine retailers association has been formed in the US to fight what they see as uneven and unconstitutional state laws that reduce choice for consumers and keep prices artificially high.
In a unique deal, the Indian government has cut excise duty on carbonated soft drinks in exchange for multinational investment in the food and fruit juice industries.
South African wine and spirits group Distell has posted a rise in half-year sales and volumes.
Diageo Great Britain has unveiled two TV ads highlighting responsible drinking.
GlaxoSmithKline is to launch a new on-pack promotion for its Ribena brand.
Maxxium UK has unveiled new packaging for its premium rum brand Mount Gay.
Cosentino Signature Wines is expecting its full-year turnover to beat expectations.
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. has acquired Serbian juice maker Fresh & Co. in a joint deal with Coca-Cola Co.
Molson Coors has been forced to quit the Russian market after Heineken refused to continue a licensing agreement agreed last year by its recent acquisition, Ivan Taranov Breweries.
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