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10. Analysis – PepsiCo rides high but Peltz clouds horizon

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was bullish when pushed last week for her thoughts on who will replace her.

9. just the Facts – Kenwood Vineyards

Earlier today (24 April), Pernod Ricard announced its intention to acquire Kenwood Vineyards in the US. Here’s a look at some facts and figures on Kenwood:

8. Round-Up – NPD: Fluid Milk Innovation Aims to Reverse Sales Decline

For a product that has endured more than half a century of consumption declines in the US market alone, fluid milk is behaving surprisingly energetically these days. A flurry of innovation in new cow’s milk products may at last have the potential to revitalise a sector that has been in the doldrums for decades.

7. just On Call – Vietnam volume slip disappoints Heineken in Q1

Heineken’s CFO has admitted being disappointed at the group’s first-quarter performance in one of its key markets, Vietnam, but said the company is still stealing marketshare in the country.

6. Focus – Pernod Ricard’s YTD Performance by Region, Brand

Earlier today (24 April), Pernod Ricard released its nine-month sales results. Here is a closer look at the company’s performance by region and by brand.

5. Analysis – Buying British: Foreign Interest in the UK Drinks Market

M&A activity across the UK food and beverage (F&B) sector is on the up with deal volumes having increased for two consecutive quarters. Grant Thornton’s quarterly Bite Size M&A statistics of the F&B sector show that, in the first quarter of this year, deals rose by 33% compared to Q4 2013 after having seen a 14% uptick in Q4 2013 compared to Q3.

4. just On Call – “I’m still in the chair” – PepsiCo CEO

PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi has deflected a question on who will succeed her as CEO, telling analysts that she is still “in the chair”.

3. Analysis – Nigeria still the apple of Heineken’s Africa eye

Nigeria proved a welcome ray of light for Heineken in its first-quarter results yesterday (24 April).

2. Comment – Spirits – The Irish Whiskey Association

Earlier this month, the Irish Whiskey Association came into being. Ian Buxton looks at the category and considers why it is needed and what it will do.

1. Comment – Health Lobby Clouds Alcohol Issue with Cancer Ad

Some years ago I was told that the health lobbyists who had helped deliver England and Wales’ smoking ban had switched their attention to scoring a similar ‘victory’ on alcohol.

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