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AUS: Court rubber stamps SABMiller, Foster's Group deal

2 Dec 2011

SABMiller's acquisition of Foster's Group has become "legally effective" after an Australian court approved the deal.

AUS: Foster's Group shareholders approve SABMiller takeover

1 Dec 2011

Foster's Group's shareholders have backed a takeover of the brewer by SABMiller, clearing the path for the deal to close within 24 hours.

AUS: SABMiller ups Foster's cash offer on tax ruling

18 Nov 2011

SABMiller has raised its cash offer for Foster's Group after Australian tax authorities rejected a plan for Foster's to hand money back to its own shareholders in advance of the deal going through.

AUS: Foster's Group faces down critics, forecasts return to growth

25 Oct 2011

Foster's Group has faced down criticism from small shareholders over executive pay and its deal with SABMiller at the company's annual general meeting.

AUS: Competition Commission okays SABMiller Foster’s Group purchase

28 Sep 2011

SABMiller's move for Foster's Group has been given the green light by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

AUS: Lion loses roar as drinks profits slide - Kirin Holdings

5 Aug 2011

Kirin’s Australian and New Zealand subsidiary, Lion, has reported an 11% fall in first-half profits at its alcoholic drinks division.

JAPAN: Kirin Holdings pays high price for Schincariol - analysts

3 Aug 2011

Kirin Holdings has been forced to defend the legality of its deal to acquire control of Schincariol, as analysts warn that the Japanese brewer has paid a high price.

In the Spotlight - Asahi Group builds on global competitiveness

8 Jul 2011

The news this week that Asahi Group has returned to acquire P&N Beverages, and agreed to buy Charlie's Group, has renewed focus on the Japanese firm's overseas growth plan. Michelle Russell examines the market reaction.

Comment - Asahi Deals Fuel Overseas Expansion Plan

4 Jul 2011

Asahi Group's deals to purchase P&N Beverages and Charlie's Group underlines the firm's overseas growth strategy and is set to increase competition in the Australasian soft drinks market.

The Australian Wine Industry - Part I: Export Markets

20 May 2011

To coincide with the London International Wine Fair this month, just-drinks' latest management briefing is for all you wine companies out there, particularly those with Australian leanings. Richard Woodard offers an in-depth look at Australia's wine industry in this four-part briefing for May 2011. Part one considers the export landscape.

The Australian Wine Industry - Part II: Marketing

20 May 2011

To coincide with the London International Wine Fair, this month's management briefing is for all you wine companies out there, particularly those with Australian leanings. Richard Woodard offers an in-depth look at Australia's wine industry in this four-part briefing for May 2011. In part two, Woodard looks at the industry’s use of marketing as times have turned tough.

The Australian Wine Industry - Part IV: Interview - Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation

20 May 2011

To coincide with the London International Wine Fair, this month's management briefing is for all you wine companies out there, particularly those with Australian leanings. Richard Woodard offers an in-depth look at Australia's wine industry in this four-part briefing for May 2011. In this, the final part, Woodard talks to the chief executive of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.

AUS: Lion Nathan National Foods prepares name change

19 May 2011

Australian dairy and drinks giant Lion Nathan National Foods has announced its intention to rebrand its three divisions into a single corporate brand.

AUS: Kirin's Lion Nathan National Foods suffers Q1 sales fall

10 May 2011

Kirin Holdings-owned Lion Nathan National Foods (LNNF) has reported a fall in first quarter sales due to a decline in beer volumes and difficult conditions in the dairy and juice sectors.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Aussies Rule? Think Again

22 Mar 2011

The recent attempt by Asahi Breweries of Japan to buy P&N Beverages has led Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd to delve into the bedrock of the current ownership status of Australia’s beverage industry with some startling results.

VIETNAM: Kirin Holdings acquires control of Interfood Shareholding

10 Mar 2011

Kirin Holdings has further extended its reach beyond Japan's stagnant drinks market by acquiring a majority stake in one of Vietnam's leading soft drinks producers, Interfood Shareholding Co.

just The Preview - Pernod Ricard Q2 & H1

16 Feb 2011

Pernod Ricard will report results for its fiscal second quarter and first half tomorrow (17 February). Here, just-drinks brings you highlights of the company's news in the three months to the end of December.

JAPAN - Asahi Breweries FY profits rise, quells Foster's beer talk

8 Feb 2011

Asahi Breweries has reported a solid rise in full-year profits, but the Japanese brewer's president has dampened speculation that the group will bid for Foster's Group's Australian beer arm.

US: Lion Nathan buys first California wine brand

4 Feb 2011

The US arm of Lion Nathan has acquired California's Sonoma-based MacRostie Winery and Vineyards for an undisclosed sum.

AUS/NZ: Lion Nathan backs call for alcohol health warnings

31 Jan 2011

Australia's second largest brewer, Kirin Holdings-owned Lion Nathan, has backed calls for alcoholic drinks labels to carry health warnings in the country, following the publication of a Government review.

Comment - Kirin Holdings Still Spreading its Wings

24 Jan 2011

Kirin Holdings is clearly taking the view that it needs to conquer or be conquered. Yet another foreign deal has been agreed by the Japanese drinks giant and this time it has China's soft drinks market in its sights.

AUS: Foster's Group shares jump on SABMiller talk

24 Jan 2011

Foster's Group's share price has spiked following fresh reports that SABMiller is working on a takeover offer for its Australian beer business, Carlton & United Breweries.

Preview of the Year - 2011 – Part IV: Beer

13 Jan 2011

The fourth part of this month's management briefing previews 2011 for the brewers amongst us.

Review of the Year 2010 - Wine

23 Dec 2010

In this, the final part of just-drinks' review of 2010, Olly Wehring takes a look at what made the wine headlines this year.

FRANCE/NZ: Pernod Ricard completes Lindauer sale

22 Dec 2010

Pernod Ricard has completed the sale of its Lindauer wine brand and related assets as it looks to focus resources behind four core wine brands.

JAPAN: Kirin Holdings slashes FY profits forecast on National Foods write-downs

21 Dec 2010

Kirin Holdings has slashed its profits forecast for 2010 due to JPY38.8bn (US$463.5m) of write-downs at National Foods, its dairy and juice unit in Australia.

Comment - Beer - M&A: Time to Play?

30 Nov 2010

M&A activity within the beer sector this year has been limited to just the one big transaction, in Mexico. Larry Nelson believes, however, that 2010 could have served as the calm before the storm, with the next wave of consolidation expected to break soon. Indeed, according to some, that wave could even be a tsunami, the size of which the world's brewers have never seen before.

JAPAN: Charges drag down Kirin Holdings' nine-month profits

5 Nov 2010

Kirin Holdings has reported a 42% drop in net profits for the first nine months of 2010, due to lower sales and one-off charges for restructuring and pensions.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

22 Oct 2010

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

AUS: Foster's Group plans beer launches

20 Oct 2010

Foster's Group plans to launch three new beers in Australia in an effort to capture market share by further tapping the trend for lighter beer styles.

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