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We'd almost packed up for the week on Friday when Heineken announced plans to merge the two Nigerian breweries in which it has majority stakes.
Last week, Ivan Menezes was confirmed as Paul Walsh's successor as Diageo CEO. The 53 year-old, currently the group's chief operating officer, will replace Walsh in the top job on 1 July. Here just-drinks takes a look at India-born Menezes' career to date:
In recent years a big re-invention story for the beer industry has been craft regional beers, especially in the US but also now in parts of Europe. We believe this is driven by that segment being a conduit for the majors to both growth and premiumisation, and see more M&A activity there going forward.
It's easy to see why Heineken would be ogling Schincariol, and it's unlikely to be the Brazilian brewer's only potential suitor.
A French wine body representing around 6,000 small wineries is to set up a storage and distribution hub dedicated to supplying multi-channel outlets throughout France and export markets.
Wine is the preferred alcoholic drink for consumers in the UK, according to a survey commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).
The Brazilian brewer Schincariol has acquired the country's artisan brewer Eisenbahn, local press reported this weekend.
Britvic has snapped up the soft drinks and distribution business of C&C Group in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages has dismissed claims that it has lied in a recent campaign promoting its 7UP brand as "100% Natural".
New statistics throw into sharp relief why the Australian wine industry is spending A$10m to boost overseas sales at a time when it continues to ship record quantities.
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