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7 Oct 2014

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Drinks firms commit to tighten up Twitter, Facebook marketing practices

1 Oct 2014

Thirteen leading drinks companies – including Diageo and Anheuser-Busch InBev – have launched a new set of social media guidelines aiming to stop content reaching children.

UK: Morrison Bowmore boosts stocks as FY sales, profits rise

14 Aug 2014

Morrison Bowmore has posted a jump in full-year sales and profits in a 2013 that saw the Scotch whisky unit of Suntory Holdings up its whisky stocks.

Comment - Spirits - Beam Suntory's Big White Spaces

5 Aug 2014

It's been three months since Suntory completed its purchase of Beam Inc. What better time that the summer lull for Richard Woodard to take a long, hard look at just what the Japanese group got for its US$16bn.

GLOBAL: Top producers eye progress on alcohol-harm reduction

10 Jul 2014

The world's biggest alcohol companies have pledged to accelerate work to address alcohol misuse after releasing a joint report described as a “foundation” for progress.

JAPAN: Suntory silent on new CEO reports

24 Jun 2014

Suntory Holdings has yet to officially confirm reports it has appointed a new chief executive.

Product Launch - US: KWL Enterprises' Go N'Syde Butterfly, 40/40

18 Jun 2014

KWL Enterprises has launched in the US an extension to its Go N'Syde tea-based beverage in partnership with singers Mariah Carey and Jay-Z

GLOBAL: Beam Suntory lines up Sourz redesign

17 Jun 2014

Beam Suntory has unveiled new packaging for its Sourz spirits range as it seeks to “stay relevant” to its core young adult consumers.

GLOBAL: Asian appetite to fuel spirits acquisition prices - analyst

3 Jun 2014

Suntory's acquisition of Beam Inc and Emperador's takeover of White & Mackay signal a “growing appetite” in Asia for assets that could push up prices in future bidding contests, an analyst has said.

just the Facts – The Power 100 2014

2 Jun 2014

Earlier today (2 June), brand valuation consultancy Intangible Business released the results of its latest survey of the world's wine and spirits brands. Here's a look at 'The Power 100', along with the methodology used to draw up the list.

Research in Focus - Mergers & Acquisitions in Alcoholic Drinks

28 May 2014

Mergers and acquisitions have to varying degrees been important in shaping the different alcoholic drinks categories.

GERMANY: Beam Suntory gives airport launch to Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-Year

27 May 2014

Beam Suntory has expanded distribution of its Jim Beam Signature Craft 12-Year into airports across Germany ahead of a wider launch across Europe.

GLOBAL: Beam Suntory Inc seeks online boost with Cruzan Rum campaign - video

19 May 2014

Beam Suntory Inc aims to boost online views of its Cruzan Rum marketing campaign seven-fold this year, as it launches a range of new digital ads.

just For Subscribers - The week in drinks

16 May 2014

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

US: Suntory takes US whiskey distribution in-house

15 May 2014

Suntory Holdings is to take US distribution of its whiskey brands in-house after cancelling a partnership with Gruppo Campari.

JAPAN/US: Beam Suntory born as Suntory closes Beam Inc buy

30 Apr 2014

Beam Suntory Inc has come into being, with Suntory Holdings' acquisition of Beam completing today.

US/JAPAN: Suntory refuses to confirm drinks HQ switch

23 Apr 2014

Suntory Holdings has declined to confirm reports that it will move its alcoholic drinks unit HQ to the US after its acquisition of Beam Inc completes.

US: Beam Inc to delist stock in New York as Suntory deal nears

23 Apr 2014

Beam Inc has signalled its intention to delist its stock from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as Suntory's acquisition of the group moves closer.

EUROPE: Suntory Holdings set to swallow Beam Inc next week

22 Apr 2014

Suntory Holdings' proposed takeover of Beam Inc has cleared its final major hurdle and is set to close next week.

US: Three senior execs to leave Beam Inc in wake of Suntory takeover

22 Apr 2014

Beam Inc has announced that its chief financial officer and two other executives are resigning in light of the group being acquired by Suntory Holdings.

US: Beam Inc puts cowboy in frame for Sauza Tequlia push - video

22 Apr 2014

Beam Inc has launched the third instalment in its online “Make It” campaign for Sauza Tequila, adding a cowboy to the previous fireman and lifeguard characters.

US: Beam Inc gives TV debut to Knob Creek - video

22 Apr 2014

Beam Inc has launched the first TV spot in the US for its small batch Bourbon brand Knob Creek.

Product Launch - US: Beam Inc's Skinnygirl Sweet’arita, Sparkling Margarita

15 Apr 2014

Beam Inc is set to launch two additions to the pre-mixed cocktail strand of its Skinnygirl brand portfolio.

GLOBAL: International Center for Alcohol Policies, Global Alcohol Producers Group to merge

11 Apr 2014

The International Center for Alcohol Policies and the Global Alcohol Producers Group have agreed to amalgamate their operations.

IRELAND/UK: Whiskey producers launch Irish Whiskey Association

9 Apr 2014

A new trade body has been established to promote the interests of the fast-growing Irish whiskey sector.

US: Century Council becomes FARR in bid to tackle alcohol-related issues

31 Mar 2014

An industry-funded US group aimed at tackling drink-driving and underage drinking has been renamed as part of a “bold” plan to increase awareness of the issues.

US: Beam Inc gets shareholder nod for Suntory purchase

25 Mar 2014

The shareholders of Beam Inc have voted in favour of Suntory Holdings' proposed takeover offer, with the purchase set to complete by the end of April.

Product Launch - US: Beam Inc's Cruzan Peach Rum

19 Mar 2014

Beam Inc has launched another flavour extension for its Cruzan rum brand.

US: Beam Inc CEO to pocket US$40m from Suntory takeover

5 Mar 2014

Beam Inc CEO Matt Shattock is in line to make US$40m if his company's proposed takeover by Suntory Holdings goes ahead.

ASIA: Distell tasks new Travel Retail Asia head with spirits growth

3 Mar 2014

Distell has appointed a new general manager for its Asia Pacific Travel Retail arm.

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