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France, internet alcohol

FRANCE: Senate legalises internet adverts for alcohol

France's Senate has approved a plan to legalise alcoholic drinks advertising on the internet, but producers remain concerned about the country's powerful anti-alcohol lobby.

UK Wine

UK: English wine production to soar, Europe beckons

A flurry of vineyard plantings in the UK means that wine production could rise from around 200,000 bottles to as much as 2m bottles by 2015, according to a leading industry expert.


BELGIUM: Private equity linked to A-B InBev assets

Anheuser-Busch InBev is likely to dispose of Eastern Europe assets as it looks to pay down debt and shift its focus to other markets, analysts believe, as private equity groups emerge as the favourites to buy.

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Diageo

UK: CCE, Diageo team up for off-trade drive

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has teamed up with Diageo UK to launch a "multi-million pound" marketing campaign to drive spirit-mixer sales in the off-trade.

Majestic Wine, online wine sales

UK: Online wine sales outshine the gloom - figures

Online wine sales are bucking a wine market decline in the UK, according to figures obtained by just-drinks, as researchers tip the category for further growth.


US: Diageo acquires cocktail mixer group Stirrings

Diageo has fully acquired Stirrings, the US premium cockatil mixer group, as it looks to target the growing number of consumers drinking at home in the economic downturn.


AUS: Asian buyers eyeing Foster's wine assets

Asia-based investors have dominated international interest in the sale of Foster's Australian wine assets, but prices are under pressure.

Coca-Cola Co, Venezuela

COMMENT: Coca-Cola Co, Venezuela relations at Zero

Many can smell more than a whiff of political posturing in Venezuela's decision to ban Coca-Cola Zero.

Tata Tea

GLOBAL: Tata Tea to take on global soft drinks giants in RTD push

Tata Tea plans to expand from its tea and coffee heartland and compete globally in the 'ready-to-drink' beverages market.

Diageo, Ireland

IRELAND: Diageo to cut jobs

Diageo plans to cut more than 100 jobs in Ireland as part of the group's global restructuring plan in the economic downturn.