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July 12, 2013

just For Subscribers – The week in drinks

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

10. just Five Years Ago: InBev’s Acquisition of Anheuser-Busch 

Five years ago this month, the global beer world changed forever. After a shorter-than-anticipated period of wrangling, US brewer Anheuser-Busch accepted a US$52bn takeover bid from Belgium brewer InBev, thus creating the world’s biggest brewer.

9. Analysis – Africa a target for Suntory IPO cash

Suntory may use its IPO funds for acquisitions in Africa, with South Africa’a Pioneer Foods Ceres fruit juice a potential target, an analyst has told just-drinks. 

8. Comment – Soft Drinks & Water – Is Iced Coffee in Need of a Champion? 

This month, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at the global development of commercialised iced coffee drinks and asks, would a figurehead provide the necessary boost to take the category from its fringe role into the mainstream?

7. International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 116: Effects of Genetic Factors on the Metabolism of Alcohol 

A recent paper by Israel Y et, published in Front Behav Neurosci, presents an excellent summary of the effects of genetically-determined enzymes that affect the metabolism of alcohol; such factors relate strongly to both the rewarding and the aversive effects of alcohol.

6. Analysis – Britvic performance fails to back merger stance

Britvic requires a “significant cultural change”, an analyst has warned while dismissing its chairman’s claims performance has improved since it agreed to merge with AG Barr.

5. Analysis – Heineken’s emerging markets exposure boosts prospects

Heineken’s exposure in Africa, South-East Asia and Mexico means the group’s medium- to long-term prospects are still strong despite a tough start to 2013, according to an analyst. 

4. In the Spotlight – Mexico’s beer market probe

Just how good are Heineken and Anheuser-Busch InBev at sticking to their commitments? That’s the question SABMiller will be asking itself this week after Mexico’s competition authorities finally answered the brewer’s long-standing plea to review its rivals’ alleged monopolising of the country’s beer market.

3. Analysis – Group Modelo to fare worse than Heineken after Mexico probe

Grupo Modelo is likely to be worse affected than its rival Heineken by the opening up of Mexico’s beer market, according to an analyst. 

2. Comment – Britvic Still Bullish on AG Barr Merger Talk

Britvic is showing no sign of softening its stance on a merger with AG Barr, despite the latest regulatory green light for the move. 

1. just the Answer – Quintessential Brands’ international brands & marketing director Mike Salmon

Quintessential Brands may not be a name familiar to many. But the burgeoning spirits group, owner of G&J Greenall and backed by former Gruppo Campari CEO Enzo Visone, has ambitious global plans. Last week, just-drinks met Quintessential’s international brands & marketing director, Mike Salmon, to discuss those plans and where the company is looking to capitalise. 

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