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JAPAN: Beer shipments slide yet again

12 Jul 2004

Japanese beer shipments fell for the third consecutive time in the first half of this year, according to figures released last week.

S AFRICA: Diageo/Heineken launch liquor giant

6 Jul 2004

With expected annual liquor sales of around ZAR3 bln a year, the new international joint venture between Diageo, Heineken and Namibian Breweries (NBL) was today officially launched under the banner of brandhouse.

UK: Princes acquires Well Well Well waters

8 Jun 2004

The UK food and drink company Princes has acquired the second largest British natural mineral water bottler, Well Well Well (UK) Limited, for an undisclosed sum.

UK: South Staffs Water to produce bottled water

26 May 2004

South Staffordshire Water is to enter the bottled water market, according to press reports.

NEW ZEALAND: Another acquisition for Just Water

26 Apr 2004

Just Water International, the bottled water distribution company, has completed another acquisition.

US: SEC files lawsuit against Aqua Vie

18 Mar 2004

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a civil injunctive action against Aqua Vie Beverage Corp, the Idaho beverage company, and its CEO, Thomas Gillespie, as well as a major shareholder, Joseph Wozniak.

AUSTRIA: Guessinger files for insolvency

20 Feb 2004

The mineral water producer, Guessinger Mineralwasser GmbH, has filed for insolvency, it was announced yesterday by the company's majority shareholder, Markus Knoll.

UK: Diageo and Stiffy's warned by ASA

22 Jan 2004

Diageo and Stiffy’s Shots have had their wrists slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

SERBIA: Knjaz Milos 2003 revenue announced

19 Jan 2004

Knjaz Milos, the Serbian mineral water and soft drinks producer has posted its revenue figures for 2003.

The Global New Product Database

25 Nov 2003

Health drinks, beverages with "cosmeceutical" properties and milk-based products dominate the Mintel Global New Product Database this month, once again underlining how varied the drinks market has become. New additions include a product containing collagen and aloe vera to promote the growth of new body cells and another containing soy which claims to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

COMMENT: Russian beer hibernation

11 Nov 2003

Scottish & Newcastle, the UK's largest brewer, has unveiled low growth in sales of its best-selling Baltika beer in Russia. Sales have suffered from unusually cold weather during the summer months. However, this market still holds potential for future growth, especially in comparison to the saturated western European markets.

JAPAN: Asahi shipments up on warm weather

10 Oct 2003

The Japanese brewer Asahi Breweries said today that its beer shipments in September climbed 11% on year to 17.37 million cases. The increase, the company said, was due to new product launches and the revival of "Asahi Super Dry".

RESEARCH: Indonesian soft drinks remain buoyant

16 Jul 2003

The Indonesian soft drinks market, which has already increased volume sales more than three times in the last decade, will maintain its outstanding performance during the current year, according to a new report.

COMMENT: Diageo gin to get new fizz

25 Jun 2003

Gordon's Edge, an attempt to compete for younger drinkers' attention, has been withdrawn following poor sales. Now Diageo is concentrating on Gordon's core strength - the gin's "refreshing" taste - in order to encourage not only sales of Gordon's, but also increased gin consumption across the board.

PORTUGAL: S&N gets EU go-ahead for acquisitions

20 Jun 2003

The UK brewer, Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), has been given clearance by EU regulators for its acquisitions of the remaining 51% stake in the Portuguese brewer, Sociedade Central de Cervejas, which it did not own, and 100% of the mineral water company, Sociedade de Aqua de Luso.

COMMENT: Diageo looses its edge

23 Apr 2003

The withdrawal of Gordon's Edge so soon after its release is indicative of the problems involved in getting ready-to-drink cocktails accepted by consumers. Gordon's Edge was targeted at more sophisticated consumers, but gave them no compelling reason to purchase and failed to establish a core consumer group.

BULGARIA: Trakia opens Bulgarian water plant

22 Apr 2003

Trakia Water, the Bulgarian-German joint venture has opened a €1.0m (US$1.1m) mineral water bottling plant in Bulgaria. The site is close to the Voyvodino spring in North-eastern Bulgaria and will sell water under the Aqua Trakia, with still and sparkling variations. Reports in the Bulgarian press said that the company plans to invest another US$3.5m in the facility over the coming two years. Most of the bottled water produced will be aimed at the domestic market, while Germany will be the chief export destination.

Diageo stands firm in tough market

25 Feb 2003

A stumbling economic environment, falling sales of Smirnoff Ice in the US and a £1.4 billion hit on the sale of Burger King should all have combined to give Diageo’s board a hangover to remember at last week’s interim results. But as Chris Brook-Carter reports, a sturdy underlying performance and faith in the company’s future has seen the market keep faith with Paul Walsh and Co.

HOD core to growth of bottled water industry

10 Feb 2003

Nestlé has bolstered its Home & Office Delivery (HOD) bottled water operations as competition with Danone intensifies worldwide. In an exclusive report for just-drinks, Euromonitor International looks at the growing importance of this sector, the players, the hotspots and opportunities in 2003.

SWEDEN: Water supplier strikes JV deal in Malaysia

12 Dec 2002

The Swedish spring water supplier Aqua Terrena International has struck a deal to establish a joint venture with the Malaysian company Grandbase Group. According to Swedish press reports, the joint venture would import and market Aqua Terrena water and other products and participate in the building of a water plant utilising Aqua Terrena technology and know-how, Aqua Terrena said.

Bottled water leading light for India’s MNCs

3 Dec 2002

In our second report on the Indian soft drinks industry, R.Badrinathl examines the fragmented chaos of the fruit juice market, which is in marked contrast to the bottled water industry, where the multinationals have achieved genuine success in grabbing market share.

SOUTH AFRICA: Revenue up 18% at ABI

31 Oct 2002

South African soft drinks group, Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), posted revenue for the first six months of the currrent fiscal year of R2.031 billion, up 18% from the corresponding period last year. The company said profit from operations rose by 23% to R201m, while volumes were 7.6% ahead.

SOUTH AFRICA: Smirnoff RTD gets iced in South Africa

15 Oct 2002

Guinness UDV, the Diageo subsidiary in South Africa is withdrawing Smirnoff Ice, the country's most successful ready-to-drink (RTD) and replacing it with a lemon-based Vodka alternative called Smirnoff Spin.

RUSSIA: Nestle takes leading position in Russian water market

17 Jul 2002

Nestle, the Swiss food and drinks producer, has announced it has acquired a Russian bottled water company called Saint Springs.

Water World - the battle for a global brand

17 May 2002

The world's drinks giants Coca Cola and Pepsi are among the world's most recognised brand names. As the popularity of bottled mineral water continues to reach new highs and take share from these carbonates, questions of the first truly global water brand are beginning to surface. Among those best placed are Europe's big players. Can Evian, Volvic or Perrier create the Coke of the water world? Deirder Mason reports.

JAPAN: New grape drink from Meiji

27 Mar 2002

Dairy group, Meiji Dairies Corp, is to launch a new grape-flavoured, low calorie yogurt drink called Aqua Bulgaria White Grape on the Japanese market. The drink will be sold in cans priced at Y115 (US$0.80) and in PET bottles for Y140.

The rise of the RTD - fad or fabulous?

19 Mar 2002

The ready-to-drink sector has transformed the drinks industry. In 18 months Diageo alone expects 15% to18% of its business to come from products that did not exist three years ago. But will this phenomenon blow itself out, burning millions of dollars as it goes, or is it here to stay? Chris Brook-Carter examines the arguments.

February’s Global New Product Database

26 Feb 2002

In this month’s database, authors of the GNPD, Mintel, bring you news of the drinks industry’s current two hot tickets, the RTD sector and bottled water. Elsewhere we look at vitamin-enhanced products and good news for time-sensitive Scotch lovers.

Functioning lifestyle

19 Feb 2002

Lifestyle beverages are key to the soft drinks industry and the driving influence behind new product development. Given the current enthusiasm for all things healthy, the consumer now has a plethora of choice but how innovative are these launches and can they all last?

GREECE: Perrier makes Greek acquisition in run up to Olympics

16 Jan 2002

Perrier Vittel, a subsidiary of the Nestle group, has said it has bought a 51% stake in the Greek bottled water delivery company Aqua Spring.

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