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Keep it in the family – Part Two

6 Sep 2005

The dust is settling on Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of Allied Domecq, and a new competitive landscape in the spirits industry is coloured by a number of powerful, family-run drinks groups. In the second part of a review of these producers, Chris Brook-Carter and drinks industry analyst Canadean review Bacardi-Martini - amongst the most secretive but perhaps most successful of all the family-run companies.

AUSTRALIA: Coopers to fight Lion takeover bid

6 Sep 2005

Coopers Brewery Ltd has stated its intention to fight the takeover bid for the company from fellow Australian brewer Lion Nathan.

AUSTRALIA: Coopers hits back at Lion Nathan

5 Sep 2005

Coopers Brewery is fighting the takeover attempt from fellow Australian brewer Lion Nathan.

AUSTRALIA: Court sides with Coopers in Lion fight

2 Sep 2005

A South Australian Supreme Court has ruled in favour of independent brewer Coopers in its fight with Lion Nathan over a clause in Coopers constitution that gives its larger rival rights to buy its shares.

AUS: Lion Nathan makes A$352 offer for Coopers

1 Sep 2005

Lion Nathan today announced that it intends to make an off-market offer for Coopers Brewery Ltd (Coopers). The offer of A$260 per share in cash values Coopers at A$352m.

AUS: Coopers goes to Finland

30 Aug 2005

Coopers Brewery has begun exporting its beers to Finland.

AUS: Kirin assures Lion Nathan on bid talk

26 Aug 2005

Lion Nathan has received further assurances that it is not about to be taken over.

AUS: Lion Nathan denies takeover talk

25 Aug 2005

Lion Nathan has played down speculation that it may be the subject of a takeover.

AUS: Lion Nathan confirms 2005 forecast

11 Aug 2005

Lion Nathan has said it is on target to reach its full-year net profit after tax forecast for 2005 of between A$230m and A$235m before one-off charges.

Lion back in the hunt

8 Aug 2005

After some less than successful diversification in recent years, Lion Nathan is focusing its attentions back on beer and winning the approval of analysts in the process. The company looks set to gain ground in the growing premium beer sector but is also thought to be considering further diversification into ready-to-drink spirits. David Robertson examines Lion’s recent activities and plans for the future.

NZ: InBev and Lion Nathan extend distribution deal

2 Aug 2005

InBev and Lion Nathan NZ (LNNZ) have signed a distribution agreement giving LNNZ the right to import, distribute and market InBev’s international speciality beers Leffe and Hoegaarden until 2014.

AUSTRALIA: Coopers and Lion to clash in courts

28 Jul 2005

Coopers is in a legal battle to sustain its position as an independent family brewer.

Australian groups eye total integration

26 Jul 2005

Integrating spirits, wine and beer has proved problematic for major drinks groups over the years but expansionary moves by the two major Australian brewers, Foster’s Group and Lion Nathan, suggest that the idea is once again being seriously considered. David Robertson reports.

UK: Interbrew UK poaches marketing managers

5 Jul 2005

Interbrew UK has poached two marketing managers from rival brewers.

AUS: Lion Nathan quits industry body - report

4 Jul 2005

The Australian brewer Lion Nathan has pulled out of the industry body the Australian Associated Brewers, it was reported today.

AUS: Lion Nathan talks to wine distributor

10 Jun 2005

Lion Nathan has confirmed that it is in talks with an Australian wine distributor.

HOLLAND: Heineken to shop in emerging markets

26 May 2005

The future head of Heineken has said that the brewer will look to emerging markets for its future acquisitions.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan profits soar in H1

18 May 2005

Lion Nathan has posted a leap in profits for the first half of this year.

AUS: Pressure on wine companies gathers pace

5 Apr 2005

Demand and profit problems for Australian wine producers in both home and export markets are becoming more apparent.

AUS: Lion Nathan seals malt deal

23 Mar 2005

Lion Nathan has secured a new malt contract in Australia.

AUSTRALIA: Lion NZ beer boss resigns

8 Mar 2005

Julian Davidson, the head of Lion Nathan's beer business in New Zealand, has resigned as concerns grow about the health of the business unit, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Just the Answer - Max Shapira

1 Mar 2005

Heaven Hill Distilleries is the largest independent distilled spirits producer in the US and is currently enjoying great success in the home market with its premium pre-mixed cocktail brand, Hpnotiq. Heaven Hill's president, Max Shapira, discusses Hpnotiq's progress as it begins to roll out internationally.

JAPAN: Brewers toast strong '04

18 Feb 2005

The Japanese brewing industry finally had some news to toast this week as its top three brewers reported record profits. The sector has been dogged in recent years by falling beer sales. Sales were down again in 2004, however, cost cuts, subsidiaries and product innovation helped drive the profit growth.

JAPAN: Kirin raises profit outlook

10 Feb 2005

Kirin Brewery Co has raised its operating profit forecasts.

AUSTRALIA: Pricing pressure hits Lion Q1

8 Feb 2005

Australia’s second-largest brewer, Lion Nathan Ltd, said today that despite getting off to a solid start to the year, its Australian and New Zealand beer businesses had experienced “challenging trading conditions at the end of the quarter which continued into January.”

Developing speed: SABMiller ups the pace in Africa and Asia

25 Jan 2005

Developing markets have become a critical battleground for the major international brewers, as consolidation in the global beer business continues apace. Olly Wehring reports on SABMiller's plans to assert itself in Africa and Asia.

Beer review of 2004: Giant steps

18 Jan 2005

The biggest news in the beer market over the past year had to be the creation of a brewing conglomerate to rival the long-time number one Anheuser-Busch, as Interbrew and Ambev merged. Olly Wehring rounds up the other key events from 2004 and looks ahead to the coming year.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan confirms growth trends

15 Dec 2004

The Australasian brewer and winemaker Lion Nathan Ltd has confirmed its expectations for the fiscal year 2005 saying that it believes it will report a net profit of between A$230-235m. The figure would be a 16% increase on the 2004 net profit before one-off items.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan annual profit on the rise

4 Nov 2004

Lion Nathan Ltd has posted a rise in annual profit before one-off items.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan write down hits profits

18 Oct 2004

Following a review of the carrying value of its wine business and other assets, the board of Lion Nathan said today that it had resolved to write down the value of some of these assets.








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