China: Latest beverage news & analysis
Looking through the mist, Chris Losh can see China's wine production efforts becoming of greater importance to the wine world than the country's potential to consume the stuff.
Ask a Chinese person about Chile and they will immediately mention one thing - cherries. The country is famous in China for its red cherries, which people see as wholesome and healthy. Chilean wine, however, is quickly catching up in the recognition stakes. According to Wines of Chile, exports to China increased by 47% last year, and the country now ranks as the third-biggest market for bottled Chilean wine.
China Resources Beer, the joint-owner of Snow with SABMiller, released its full-year results for 2015 this week. The company will soon gain full control of Snow after it agreed a deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev this month, so here's a low-down on the brand, using data from CR Beer's investors presentation.
For a company dead set on becoming the biggest in its field – and reportedly beyond – Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to sell off SABMiller's stake in China's CR Snow to JV partner China Resources Beer looks more like a step backwards - and a very cheap one at that.
Considering the disparity of performances from Cognac brand owners in China, I've been looking at what's really happening within the country, and have been talking to some brands about their varying strategies and view of future prospects. First, let's look at the numbers.
Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has confirmed to just-drinks that its distribution configuration, announced earlier this week, will also see the group enter China for the first time.
The Coca-Cola Co's China unit has said it wants its employees to have talks with the company through "appropriate channels" after staff reportedly staged walkouts at three of its production plants.
The Coca-Cola Co is to rake in about US$1bn from a franchising deal for its China assets with two Asia-based bottlers.
Tetra Pak has said it will not appeal a CNY668m (US$97m) fine imposed by the Chinese government after a three-year investigation.
Monster Beverage Corp has confirmed that the long-awaited launch of its namesake energy drinks brand into China is underway.
Chilean wine company Santa Rita has launched an e-commerce store with Chinese retail platform Tmall.
Bacardi has lined up JD.com as its online retail partner in China.
Leading Chinese baijiu producer Beijing Red Star Co is set to roll out an international brand for the first time.
Diageo's latest Johnnie Walker House in China is to share space with the company's baijiu brand, Shuijingfang.
Pernod Ricard's CFO has welcomed a return to growth for baijiu in China but said he is happy the company had not yet bought into the category.
Major wine players flocked to China ready for online giant Alibaba's 9.9 Global Wine and Spirits Festival, which took place on 9 September.
Tennis player Novak Djokovic was on top of the world yesterday after defeating Andy Murray in four sets to take the Australian Open title.
A joint US and Chinese study released this week found that a tea made with broccoli sprouts helps the body to break down and expunge high levels of the chemical benzene.
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