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AUSTRALIA: Winery numbers continue to climb

7 Oct 2004

Australia is expecting its 2,000th winery next year, according to a new report.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan launches Beck's campaign

4 Oct 2004

Lion Nathan has launched an advertising campaign for Beck’s ahead of brewing the product locally next year.

JAPAN: Kirin seeks new China partner after sale

29 Sep 2004

Kirin Brewery is looking for a new business partner in China.

AUS: Lion Nathan rating movement after China sale

16 Sep 2004

Two analysts have shifted their rating on Lion Nathan, following the sale of its Chinese beer business.

AUS: SABMiller buys Lion Nathan's Chinese beer

15 Sep 2004

Lion Nathan is to sell its Chinese beer business to the second largest brewer in the country.

UK: SABMiller poised for Lion Nathan China - report

14 Sep 2004

SABMiller has made a move to take Lion Nathan’s Chinese beer interests, according to press reports.

AUS: Lion Nathan set to leave China - report

9 Sep 2004

Lion Nathan is close to exiting its loss-making beer operations in China, according to press reports.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan targets 8-10% profit growth

12 Aug 2004

The Australasian brewer and winemaker Lion Nathan said today it is in target to deliver net profit from operations growth (prior to one time items) of between 8% and 11%.

JAPAN: Kirin profits up, depsite weak beer sales

10 Aug 2004

A third Japanese brewer has reported growth in the first half of the year. Kirin Brewery Co, the nations second largest beer producer, said today that group net profit rose 2.1% to ¥14.23 billion from Y13.93 billion in the same six-month period a year ago.

COMMENT: Aussies say yes to another beer

3 Aug 2004

Although the news spotlight in Australia’s liquor industry remains focussed on wine, it is beer which is performing strongest.

CHINA: Lion Nathan may sell off assets

29 Jul 2004

The Australasian brewer Lion Nathan Ltd has indicated that it may dispose of its breweries in China. The company has struggled in the market since entering China seven year ago.

NEW ZEALAND: APB to purchase remaining DB stock

26 Jul 2004

Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd is to use its surplus cash to buy the remaining 23% of New Zealand’s DB Breweries Ltd. it does not already own.

AUSTRALIA: Bacardi Lion appoints MD

20 Jul 2004

Bacardi Lion has formally announced that Colin Rochester has been appointed as managing director of the spirits liquor company, replacing Julian Williams.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan vintage up 46%

2 Jul 2004

The Australasian wine and beer group Lion Nathan said today that its vintage intake for its Australian and New Zealand operations for the 2004 year was 20,389 tonnes- up 46% on the 2003 intake.

AUSTRALIA: Interbrew agrees deal for Beck’s

25 Jun 2004

The international brewers Interbrew and Lion Nathan have entered into an exclusive long term agreement in Australia for Lion Nathan to brew, distribute and market Interbrew’s premium beer Beck’s in the country.

NEW ZEALAND: New marketing director at Lion Nathan

26 May 2004

Lion Nathan Wines & Spirits New Zealand has appointed Peter Coombe to the role of marketing director.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan eyes Chinese tie-up

24 May 2004

The chief executive of Lion Nathan has indicated that the Australasian brewer is thinking about teaming up with Heineken in China, as it seeks options for its unprofitable operations in the country.

AUSTRALIA: Slight rise in H1 net profit for Lion Nathan

18 May 2004

Lion Nathan has posted a rise in H1 net profit slightly above expectations.

AUSTRALIA: Heineken Lion Nathan JV confirmed

17 May 2004

Lion Nathan has confirmed details of its joint venture with Heineken in Australia.

NEW ZEALAND: DB to halt Aussie Heineken production

17 May 2004

DB Breweries will stop producing Heineken for the Australian market at the end of this year.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan and Heineken in JV talks

11 May 2004

Lion Nathan and Heineken are in negotiations concerning the creation of a joint venture for the production and sale of premium beer in Australi, the Australasian drinks company said today.

JAPAN: Kirin Brewery Q1 profits soar

11 May 2004

Kirin Brewery Co. has posted a healthy rise in fiscal Q1 group profits.

UK: General manager for Lion Nathan Bibendum JV

11 May 2004

Lion Nathan and Bibendum have appointed a general manager for their newly-created joint venture in the UK.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan sells Victoria pubs

10 May 2004

The Australasian brewer Lion Nathan is to sell its Victoria-state hotel portfolio to a private group of investors. The business was put up for sale in January.

AUSTRALIA: Coopers sales boom in Q3

4 May 2004

Australia’s family owned Coopers brewery has reported buoyant sales, a 16% rise to A$49.9m (US$36m) in the first nine months of the year.

AUSTRALIA: Brewers switch marketing focus

19 Mar 2004

Australia’s largest brewers, Foster’s and Lion Nathan, have shifted their marketing focus by spending more money promoting brands for the under-30’s market, rather than their more established lines.

AUSTRALIA: Nestle man appointed Lion Nathan CEO

18 Mar 2004

The Australasian beer and wine group Lion Nathan has appointed Rob Murray, currently chief executive officer of Nestle Oceania, as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Gordon Cairns.

AUSTRALIA: Lion Nathan CEO decision soon - report

5 Mar 2004

Lion Nathan is moving closer to appointing a new chief executive, according to press reports.

AUSTRALIA: Cazes, Croser and Bollinger form JV

4 Mar 2004

A three-way joint venture between Australian winemaker Brian Croser, Frenchman Jean-Michel Cazes and Société Jacques Bollinger, the parent company of Champagne Bollinger, has been formed and has acquired the Koppamurra Vineyard in Australia.

Turn your wine on

24 Feb 2004

Increased competition in the off-trade, the growing power of the world's supermarkets and an oversupply of wine in key producing regions are making the on-trade an increasingly attractive sales channel. just-drinks listened to speakers at this year's Wine Evolution conference highlight the opportunities and pitfalls in this high potential arena.

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