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Campari, Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Remy Cointreau are all well-placed to play parts in the M&A arena, although Pernod and Remy may be the quieter speculators going forward.

Every year Robert Smiley, director of wine studies, dean and professor at UC Davis, surveys CEOs of several of the most prominent wineries in the US. Topics for this year's survey include strategies for dealing with the grape shortage, margin compression and price increases, as well as what they believe will be the biggest issues in the next five to ten years.

India's non-alcoholic drinks market is set to grow by 20% per year between now and 2015, according to a report by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

Beam Global Spirits & Wine is set to trim yet further the wine side of its business by divesting the Cockburn's Port brand to Symington Family Estates.

Hartwall has announced plans to close its Tornio brewery and to consolidate production to its Lahti site, in a move the company said was designed to improve efficiency and "remain competitive in the current challenging beverage market".

The CEO of C&C Group has resigned because the Irish drinks company "has not met the expectations" of a repositioning strategy.

Proposals to tighten UK legislation regarding the definition of Scotch whisky have come under attack - from a Scotch distiller.

The European Commission has agreed to widen European Union (EU) low duty quotas for Argentine exporters of wine, Vermouth and fruit juices under a new EU-Argentina trade deal.

Independent family-owned distillers William Grant & Sons Ltd has acquired the French brandy company Raynal & Cie from the financial institutions that currently own it.

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has confirmed that it has acquired Crusta Fruit Juices Pty. Ltd.

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