The top ten most visited stories on just-drinks this week included news on V&S and A-B and cost pressures at Cott, whilst whisky dominated the spirits headlines.

Coke's Irish plans

IRELAND: Coca-Cola plans new plant in Wexford

The Coca-Cola Company is to submit a planning application for the building of a manufacturing and innovation facility in Wexford, Ireland.

Dr Pepper Snapple mini-tender offer

US: Dr Pepper Snapple Group distances itself from Mini-Tender Offer

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has been moved to announce its non-endorsement of a mini-tender offer in the US. The Cadbury_Schweppes-owned unit, which was spun off and floated in the US earlier this year, said it has seen an unsolicited "mini-tender offer" by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 4m shares of its common stock, representing about 1.6% of DPS' outstanding shares.

Carlsberg ups Estonian presence

DENMARK: Carlsberg ups ownership of Saku Ölletehas

Carlsberg has increased its control of Estonian brewer Saku Ölletehas. Shareholders decided to sell just under 1.4m shares of Saku, constituting approximately 17.4% of all shares in the company.

InBev/A-B latest

BELGIUM: InBev reiterates US$65 offer to A-B shareholders

InBev has responded to Anheuser-Busch's rejection of its takeover bid by reiterating the perceived positives of its original offer.

SABMiller, Molson tie-up

US: SABMiller, Molson Coors open MillerCoors doors

SABMiller and Molson Coors have announced that their joint venture in the US and Puerto Rico is now open for business.

Glenmorangie strategic disposals

UK: Glenmorangie to sell two facilities

The Glenmorangie Company has signed an agreement with Diageo for the sale of its 33-acre Broxburn facility in a bid to withdraw from the bottling and sale of blended Scotch whisky.

Global whisk(e)y latest

Research - Good times ahead for Irish Whiskey

The entry of Diageo into the Irish whiskey market has further enlivened a sector already growing steadily thanks to the efforts of the other major global spirits force, Pernod Ricard. And a new report from just-drinks suggests there is more growth ahead for Irish whiskey.

V&S sale latest

BELGIUM: Pernod V&S purchase suffers EC decision delay

The European Commission has delayed its decision on Pernod Ricard's proposed acquisition of Vin & Sprit.

Cott cost pressures

UK: Rising costs at Cott lead to UK price hikes

Cott Corporation has lined up price increases in the UK due to "escalating input costs". The Canada-based soft drinks company, which earlier this month said it will move to concentrate solely on private label beverages, said today (30 June) that its UK division has notified its customers of an increase in cost prices by an average 6.5%, in order to "help mitigate significant packaging and input costs".

Craft brewing consolidation

US: Magic Hat makes Pyramid Breweries merger move

Independent Brewers United has made an offer to acquire all of Pyramid_Breweries' outstanding common stock for US$25.7m.