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2007 spirits sales in the US

US: Spirits sales US continue upward trend - statistics

Vodka continued its surge in the US market in 2007, and distilled spirit sales overall in the country grew for the eighth straight year, up 5.6% in value and 2.4% in volume, according to figures released by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) late last week.

InBev in India

INDIA: InBev prepares green field brewery for India - report

InBev's joint venture in India has lined up a green field site in the country, according to local reports.

Diageo and Rosenblum Cellars

US: Diageo to acquire Rosenblum Cellars

Diageo has entered into a deal to acquire Californian winery Rosenblum Cellars.

Vin & Sprit

SWEDEN: Vin & Sprit silent on owner preference claim

Vin & Sprit has declined to comment on claims that it would prefer Swedish investment company Investor as its future owner.

Scottish & Newcastle, Carlsberg and Heineken - the endgame?

Analysis - S&N brings takeover saga to a close with final consent

Last week's announcement that Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) had finally agreed to recommend Carlsberg and Heineken's joint GBP7.8bn (US$15.5bn) takeover offer signalled the latest and possibly final chapter in the four-month saga. Olly Wehring reports on what the consortium partners will be getting for their money.

Diageo's "affordable indulgence"

GLOBAL: "Affordable indulgence" protects Diageo from recession

The head of Diageo has played down fears that the drinks company could be negatively hit by ongoing uncertainty on the world's stock markets.

Pernod Ricard and Cooley Distillery

IRELAND: Irish Distillers slaps lawsuit on Cooley Distillery

Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers unit has begun legal action against rival Irish whiskey producer Cooley Distillery.

German beer sales

GERMANY: "Lousy" weather leads to German beer nosedive - statistics

Beer consumption in Germany has hit its lowest level for 15 years, according to recent statistics.

PepsiAmericas' full-year results

US: Central Europe, acquisitions drive PepsiAmericas FY

PepsiAmericas has unveiled a strong set of results for 2007.

SABMiller and power cuts in South Africa

S AFRICA: SABMiller loses power, but not heart

SABMiller has answered reports that power cuts will threaten its trade in South Africa by admitting that, despite a negative effect on sales being "inevitable", business in the country will continue.