Heres what was making the drinks news on this day in years gone by

Here's what was making the drinks news on this day in years gone by

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

Last week, MillerCoors unveiled the biggest brand launch in its five-and-a-half year history: Miller Fortune, a beer designed to take on the spirits market. But, how will this strategy play out, and what else does the brewing JV have in store to rescue its flagging volumes? Here, in the first part of an exclusive two-part interview just-drinks deputy editor James Wilmore tackles the US firm's sales president, Ed McBrien.

The head of Pernod Ricard has proclaimed his confidence in the company's position in the spirits market in India, despite Diageo's recently-announced tie-up with United Spirits in the country.

Coca-Cola FEMSA has entered negotiations to purchase a controlling stake in The Coca-Cola Co's Philippines unit.

When Molson Coors lined up its purchase of Sharp's Brewery in the UK this month, talk turned predictably to the demise of regional brewers in the shadow of multinationals. But, as Larry Nelson argues, this is far too simplistic - and lazy - a conclusion to jump to. After all, examples of such buys around the world have shown that bigger can often be better.

2010 - AFRICA: SABMiller acquires Rwenzori water business

SABMiller has acquired Rwenzori, the leading bottled water group in Uganda, as part of its plan to expand beverage sales in Africa.

The economic downturn could not have come at a worse time for the bottled water industry. Not only is the category battling to win the consumer's pennies and cents, but it has also had to battle against a media onslaught against its environmental position. Times are certainly tough for water, but, as Annette Farr reports, there remains some hope, if you look hard enough.

Fortune Brands is the favourite of four remaining candidates to buy state-owned Vin & Sprit, according to sources in Stockholm.

Coinciding with the publication of Diageo's first-half results, this month's just-drinks interview is with Andrew Morgan, president of Diageo's European operations. Morgan took the opportunity to explain to Dean Best why amid a very positive group performance, the European division has failed to shine.

With a population of 1.3bn, increasing personal spending power and growing consumerism, China represents a huge growth opportunity for international soft drinks groups. Annette Sessions reports.

Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) today filed a brief with the US Supreme Court to defend its Napa name in law.

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