Heres a look at what was happening on this day in...

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

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

It is no coincidence that, on the same day Cott Corp said it is “evaluating” its options, the Coca-Cola Co announced its move into the at-home carbonation machine market with a US$1.25bn tie-up with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

We journalists do like a good adjective. Honestly, you can't beat a strong descriptor to get a reader's attention.

Pete Brown is back, refreshed, raring to go, and pondering the future. "Which way will beer go in 2012?", he asks the tea leaves.

Analyst group Credit Suisse has floated the idea of a US$71bn mega-merger between the world's two biggest brewers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.

Continuing his series of quarterly columns assessing potential shocks which the drinks sector may face, Chris Hart, a partner at business performance consultancy McKinney Rogers, considers what would happen if the next ten years bring dramatic social changes that challenge the drinks sector in the way the past ten years have done for tobacco.

Ethical consumerism has brought heightened pressure on soft drinks companies with regard to the environmental and social impacts of sourcing, manufacturing and distributing their products. But, Annette Farr writes, it has also been a catalyst for some laudable charitable projects which reflect well on the companies behind them while dramatically improving the lives of some of the world's most impoverished people.

Constellation Brands has stayed silent on reports that it may be selling three of its Beam Wine Estate wineries as well as 1,000 acres of vineyards in Sonoma County in the US.

The health and wellness boom has precipitated huge growth in the low-cal and no-cal soft drinks market, and with it great strides in the development of artificial sweeteners. Annette Farr reports on how consumers, in their eagerness to reduce their calorie intake, have embraced the likes of aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame-K.

The European Commission is asking drinks companies for comments on how EU legislation covering excise duties can be reformed.

The Swiss government has said the legal production of the spirit absinthe will begin in the country in March after a ban of nearly 100 years.

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