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CANADA: Production of Ice Cider to be officially regulated

29 October 2002 | Company Press Release

Producers of Canadian ice-cider, in south-eastern Quebec, have formulated their own seal of authenticity to help consumers understand difference between genuine ice-cider and knock offs. The product is made from fermented apples whose sugars have been concentrated by freezing temperatures. A seal affixed to the bottle contains a group of letters; the first two represent the name of the producer, the next four numbers indicate the date of juice extraction and the start of fermentation and the last two letters represent the name of the vintner.... read more

FRANCE: Eckes Granini claims 30% of French on premise juice market

30 January 2002 | Company Press Release

Eckes-Granini SNC, the French subsidiary of German fruit juice group, Eckes Granini, is claiming a 30% share in the on premise juice market in France. The company, which employs 470 people, was formed last August with the merger of Eckes Granini's two French subsidiaries, Joker Group and Les Vergers... read more

NEW ZEALAND: West Coast Vineyards heads east

1 October 2001 | Company Press Release

West Coast Vineyards is expanding its operations into Asia and Pacific Rim, having set up a subsidiary company to drive its exports in that region. Heading up West Coast Vineyards Asia and Pacific Rim, is Peter Milne a wine marketer with 20 years experience. For the past eight years Milne has specialised in Asia, where he helped KWV become the biggest stakeholder for South African wines in that region.... read more

UK: Highland Spring acquires Gleneagles Spring Water

9 April 2001 | Company Press Release

Today Highland Spring, Scotland's No1 natural mineral water and Britain's biggest brand producer*, acquired its Blackford neighbour, The Gleneagles Spring Water Company from Time Group Ltd, Lancashire for an undisclosed sum. Best known for its stylish glass bottle, Gleneagles, a natural mineral water sourced from the Perthshire Gleneagles Estate, had a £1.3 million turnover to July 2000. Highland Spring is forecasting a 27% uplift in turnover to £35 million for 2001, prior to the takeover.... read more

USA: The Coca-Cola Company Announces First Quarter Worldwide Volume Trends

28 March 2001 | Company Press Release

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) announced today that it expects reported worldwide unit case volume to grow in the range of 4 to 5 percent during the first quarter. In a slowing world economy, the Company is benefiting from the strong performance of its portfolio of international operations, which are expected to grow approximately 6 percent in the quarter. In North America, growth is expected to be approximately 1 percent. With additional marketing activities, including new advertising for brand Coca-Cola beginning in the second quarter, the Company expects North American volume trends to accelerate throughout the year.... read more

USA: Marconi Online and USA Technologies Form Strategic

15 March 2001 | Company Press Release

Marconi Online Systems, a division of Marconi plc (NASDAQ and LONDON: MONI), and USA Technologies (OTC BB: USTT) announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance that will offer new revenue generating opportunities for the global vending industry. The alliance creates the most comprehensive end-to-end technology solution for the vending industry by bringing together Marconi Online's Intelligent Vending(TM) service with USA Technologies' cashless payment and interactive multimedia capabilities delivered through their revolutionary e-Port(TM) technology.... read more

SWITZERLAND: Nestlé Group: Record Sales and Earnings in 2000 - Board Proposes 28% Dividend Increase and 1:10 Share Split

26 February 2001 | Company Press Release

Strong fourth quarter growth of 5 percent helped to achieve a record 4.4 percent rate of real internal growth, forty basis points above objective Group sales increased by 9.1 percent, despite a 1.3 percent net reduction from dives-titures/acquisitions Profits and cash flow at an all time high... read more

FRANCE/USA: Jean-Marie Messier and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. Comment on Sale of Seagram Spirits and Wine Business

20 December 2000 | Company Press Release

In response to today's announcement that Diageo and Pernod Ricard will acquire Seagram's spirits and wine business for $8.15 billion, the following comments were issued today: Jean-Marie Messier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vivendi Universal, said: "I am very pleased with the agreement we have executed with Diageo and Pernod Ricard. This agreement recognizes the full value of Seagram's spirits and wine business and creates after tax proceeds that exceed Seagram's net debt. This transaction strengthens our balance sheet and helps to create real and immediate value for Vivendi Universal shareholders. We have a great management team in place and strong media and communications businesses that are strategically well positioned. With this sale, we will now focus our energy on achieving the aggressive growth targets that we have set for ourselves."... read more

FRANCE: Seagram's Spirits and Wines Business Sold to Diageo and Pernod Ricard

20 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Vivendi Universal has entered into an agreement for the sale of Seagram's spirits and wine business to Diageo and Pernod Ricard for $8,150 billion, subject to regulatory approvals. Net proceeds after taxes are expected to be approximately $7,7 billion. This is $1,3 billion over and above the objective Vivendi Universal had set to wipe out Seagram's net debt of $6.4 billion (as of September 30, 2000), excluding ACES (Adjustable Conversion-rate Equity Security units) of which the dilutive impact had already been taken into account.... read more

UK: Diageo plc and Pernod Ricard SA to acquire Seagram spirits and wine business

20 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Diageo plc and Pernod Ricard SA today confirm that they have signed an agreement to acquire the spirits and wine business of The Seagram Company Ltd., for US$8.15 billion (£5.5 billion) in cash on a debt free basis. The purchase consideration will be funded by Diageo and Pernod Ricard as to $5.0 billion by Diageo and as to $3.15 billion by Pernod Ricard. The agreement is principally conditional on clearance by the anti-trust regulatory authorities.... read more

USA: AmBev Announces a Share Buyback Program and Payment Of Interest on Shareholders' Equity

14 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas -- AmBev (''AmBev'') announced today that the Board of Directors of Companhia Cervejaria Brahma (''Brahma''), its wholly owned subsidiary, has approved a buyback program of the common and preferred share AmBev. The program calls for the acquisition of up to 396,368,782 common shares and 2,107,031,690 preferred shares issued by AmBev, representing 10% and 9.8% of the respective float in each class (i.e. 3,963,687,815 common shares and 21,607,581,900 preferred shares). As per Brazilian law, the buyback program is valid for 90 days. Should the number of shares actually acquired be below the established limit over the next 90 days, management intends to renew the buyback program in successive 90-day periods.... read more

USA: Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst to Sell Mumm and Perrier-Jouet Champagne Brands to Allied Domecq

14 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst (''Hicks Muse''), a leading private investment firm, today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell G.H. Mumm & Cie. (''Mumm'') and Champagne Perrier-Jouet (''Perrier-Jouet'') to Allied Domecq PLC (''Allied Domecq'') for Euro 575 million (approximately $506 million) in cash. The businesses will be acquired debt free. It is expected that the transaction will be completed by the end of January 2001.... read more

USA: Premier Beverage site, water.com, signs new partnership agreements with five bottled water companies

14 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Building on its strategy to become the one-stop bottled water information and shopping site on the Web, www.water.com , today announced separate alliance and co-promotional agreements with five bottled water companies across the United States. Clear Mountain, Deep Rock, Glenwood/Inglewood, Distillata, and Mount Olympus bottled water companies will join water.com's existing online distribution partners, gaining immediate access to the industry-leading health and hydration content and the e-commerce capabilities of water.com.... read more

CANADA: Clearly Canadian Announces International Listings for New Package, New Clearly Canadian Sparkling Flavoured Water Launched in International Markets

14 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Clearly Canadian Beverage Corporation (Nasdaq:CCBC ; TSE:CLV) announced today the launch of the Company's newly repackaged Clearly Canadian® sparkling flavoured water in certain international markets. Beginning in December 2000, Clearly Canadian will be sold in the bold new 414 ml glass package through the Company's distributors in Denmark, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. Also, in the first quarter of 2001, the newly designed package of Clearly Canadian sparkling flavoured water will be launched in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Germany.... read more

UK: Allied Domecq Statement re Seagram.

13 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Allied Domecq announced today that it did not submit a bid in the auction of the Seagram Wines and Spirits business as it would not have been in the interests of its shareholders. The Board of Allied Domecq took the decision after evaluating the commercial and strategic benefits already gained for the company from today's announcement of the acquisition of the Mumm and Perrier-Jouet champagne businesses, the award of the exclusive right to distribute Stolichnaya in the USA and the agreement with Destileria Seralles for the future ownership of Captain Morgan Rum.... read more

NORWAY: Carlsberg Statement Concerning Pripps Merger

13 December 2000 | Company Press Release

The Swedish competition authorities have given conditional approval to Carlsberg A/S and Orkla ASA to merge their Swedish breweries Falcon and Pripps as a part of the formation of Carlsberg Breweries A/S. Carlsberg A/S will own 60 per cent of Carlsberg Breweries A/S and Orkla ASA, 40 per cent.... read more

CHINA: CALCOL Confirms Soft Drink Plant to Open in Beijing

13 December 2000 | Company Press Release

CALCOL INC. (OTCBB:CLCL) confirmed today that the soft drink concentrate plant belonging to its 80% subsidiary company in Beijing China, SANHE MEILE SOFT DRINKS CO. LTD. is scheduled to open later this month. SANHE MEILE SOFT DRINKS CO. LTD. is 80 percent owned by US-based CALCOL INC. and 20 percent by the CHINA NATIONAL FOOD INDUSTRY CORPORATION. The co-operation, which began in 1995, will last for 30 years on a 40,000-square-metre site in Sanhe, a suburb 34 kilometers due east of Beijing on the JingHa Highway. The soft drink concentrate plant is projected to finish up to 139,000 units of concentrate (enough to bottle 500,000 tons of soft drinks) annually for sale to independent local (non-franchised) bottlers throughout China. China is now the third largest consuming market for soft drinks in the world. Half of the bottling companies are independent local bottlers. CALCOL INC. holds the third business license for foreign branded soft drinks in China.... read more

UK/USA: eSkye.com Acquires pubcentre.com, The U.K.'s First Independent Portal Designed to Benefit Licensed Retail Trade

12 December 2000 | Company Press Release

eSkye.com(TM) ( http://www.eskye.com ), the definitive online global network and solutions provider for the beverage industry, today announced that it had acquired pubcentre.com, the first independent portal designed for the U.K.'s licensed on-premise trade. As part of the acquisition, pubcentre.com founder Will Chadwick has joined eSkye.com as the company's retail channel director for the U.K.... read more

USA: The Perrier Group Acquires Northern Californian Bottled Water Company

12 December 2000 | Company Press Release

The Perrier Group of America announced today its agreement to acquire Black Mountain Spring Water, Incorporated, a Northern California bottled spring water company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Black Mountain Spring Water manufactures and distributes bottled spring water from one Northern California plant to the home and office delivery and retail channels. The company, with 276 employees and estimated year 2000 revenues of $37 million, has 80 percent of its operations in home and office delivery, and the remaining 20 percent in the retail channel. Black Mountain is ranked second in the home and office channel in Northern California, with strong market density and share.... read more

USA: Wayman Smith to Retire From Anheuser-Busch

11 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Wayman F. Smith will retire as Vice President - Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (NYSE:BUD), company officials announced today. He will be succeeded by Johnny Furr, Jr. Smith will work with Furr in transitioning into the job through June, 2001. He will then return to his law practice and become a consultant to the company.... read more

USA: eVineyard Picked by Top Pubs as Hot Holiday Shopping Site

11 December 2000 | Company Press Release

When this year's round of top picks for online shopping sites hit the newsstands and the Internet, eVineyard®( www.evineyard.com ), the leading online wine retailer, swept the awards. Yahoo Internet Life magazine, in its bonus holiday issue (Winter 2000), called eVineyard ''our favorite'' online wine retailer, ''fulfill(ing) the ideals of wide selection, attractive and friendly site design, great customer service, and rapid delivery of the goods.''... read more

USA: Blom Joins Chalone Wine Group as Chief Financial Officer

8 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Shawn Conroy Blom has joined Chalone Wine Group (Nasdaq:CHLN) as its Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, announced President and CEO Thomas B. Selfridge. Most recently, Blom was Chief Financial Officer of Jackson Family Farms, a collection of small, premium wineries owned by Jess Jackson and family, owners of Kendall-Jackson. She joined the Jackson family as controller for Cambria Winery & Vineyard. Before joining the Jackson family, Blom was controller for Sanford Winery for two and a half years. A Certified Public Accountant, Blom worked at KPMG Peat Marwick for six years and at Bank of America as Manager of Accounting in Shareholder and Corporate Reporting. She also worked at Christensen & Drake as Audit and Accounting Manager before joining the wine industry. Blom is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two sons.... read more

USA: Coca-Cola Enterprises Announces Volume and Operating Performance Expectations for Fourth-Quarter 2000 and 2001

8 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. today announced volume and operating performance expectations for fourth-quarter 2000 and full-year 2001. For the fourth quarter, the Company said North American bottle and can volume is expected to be positive, with volume growth in the Company's United States territories of approximately 1 percent. North American volume will be lower than previous guidance as a result of softness in the Company's Canadian territories. Volume in Europe will grow in a range of 4 percent to 5 percent, bringing total Company volume growth for the quarter to more than 1 percent.... read more

FRANCE: LVMH Announces Appointment of Cecile Bonnefond as President and CEO of Veuve Clicquot

8 December 2000 | Company Press Release

LVMH, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton today announced the appointment of Cecile Bonnefond as President and CEO of Veuve Clicquot (comprising Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug and Canard-Duchene), effective as of January 1, 2001. She will succeed Philippe Pascal, who became President of the Wines and Spirits business group in September 1999.... read more

USA: Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. Announces $1.2 Million Educational Grant to Mount Vernon to Restore Historic Distillery

8 December 2000 | Company Press Release

The distilled spirits industry raised a toast to George Washington last night during a black-tie event at the Mount Vernon Estate to celebrate a $1.2 million donation to reconstruct our Founding Father's distillery. "This is a unique opportunity for the spirits industry to join together with Mount Vernon to preserve and honor our rich, cultural history," said Dr. Peter H. Cressy, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). "The distilled spirits suppliers, wholesalers and retailers are proud of this partnership to educate the public about a facet of our first president's life that not many know about -- George Washington, the distiller."... read more

USA: Cott Corporation's Director True Knowles Inducted In Soft Drink Hall Of Fame

8 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Cott Corporation (Nasdaq:COTT ; TSE:BCB), the world's leading supplier of retailer brand soft drinks, today announced that True Knowles, a member of Cott's board of directors and a former Dr. Pepper president, was inducted into Beverage World's Soft Drink Hall of Fame. "We are honored to have True as a member of our board of directors," said Frank E. Weise, president and chief executive officer. "On behalf of Cott, I extend our congratulations on this well deserved induction."... read more

BELGIUM: Belgian Brewers Resolve Dispute With Coors: Company to Change Blue Moon Beer Labeling, Packaging and Taps

7 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Ending a two-year dispute, the Confederation of Belgian Breweries (CBB) announced today it has reached an out-of-court settlement with Coors Brewing Company of Golden, Colorado regarding the labeling, packaging and advertising of Coors' Blue Moon beer. According to the Belgian brewers, Coors has agreed to change the labels and packaging for its Blue Moon beer to ensure that American consumers are not confused and understand that Coors' Blue Moon Belgian White style beer is not a Belgian beer, but is brewed in the United States.... read more

USA: North Castle Partners Acquires Fantasia Fresh Juice Company; North Castle's Latest Brand Enhances Leading Premium Healthy Beverage Company

7 December 2000 | Company Press Release

North Castle Partners, a Greenwich-based investment firm specializing in the healthy living & aging sector, today announced that it has acquired Fantasia Fresh Juice Company of Rosemont, Illinois. The addition of Fantasia into the firm's existing portfolio of brands enhances the North Castle Beverage Group's position as the country's leading premium healthy beverage company.... read more

USA: Anheuser-Busch Announces Senior Management Changes

7 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., today announced several changes in the corporation's senior management ranks. The moves involve three of the corporation's senior executives. Effective immediately, Joseph L. Goltzman, 59, Vice President, Anheuser-Busch Companies, is assigned to head up the team starting up Anheuser-Busch's first investment in the glass business, the Longhorn Glass Plant in Jacinto City, Texas.... read more

USA: eVineyard Expands to New Jersey and North Carolina

7 December 2000 | Company Press Release

eVineyard® ( www.evineyard.com ), the leading online wine retailer, has expanded its reach to North Carolina and New Jersey, bringing the number of states served by the multistate licensed e-tailer to 27. Logistic centers have opened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Maplewood, New Jersey, to serve the residents of those states.... read more

USA: Cuidao Begins Distribution in Louisiana

7 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Cuidao (USA) Import Co., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cuidao Holding Corp. (OTCBB:CDAO) is pleased to announce that it has commenced distribution of the Company's Red Dragon Beer(TM)products in the state of Louisiana. Cuidao has entered into an exclusive distribution contract with International Wine & Spirits, Inc. of Harahan, Louisiana. Under the terms of the agreement, International Wine and Spirits will roll out Cuidao's Red Dragon Beer product portfolio in Louisiana.... read more

USA: Wine.com Launches Channel On AvantGo

7 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Wine.com, the leading online wine destination, today announced the launch of the wine.com channel on the AvantGo mobile Internet service. With the launch of this channel, wine.com becomes the first merchandising company to bring its content to mobile and wireless devices to AvantGo users and the first online wine merchant to launch its mobile commerce offering.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Diageo acquires Bundaberg Rum from Bundaberg Sugar Group Ltd

6 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Diageo PLC today announces the acquisition of Bundaberg Rum, following an agreement by United Distillers & Vintners Australia, which is part of its beverage alcohol business Guinness UDV, to purchase 50% of the Bundaberg Rum brand and business from Bundaberg Sugar Group Ltd.... read more

FRANCE: China: Groupe DANONE Signs Agreement for Acquisition Of 50% of Aquarius Water Co. Ltd.

6 December 2000 | Company Press Release

Groupe DANONE (NYSE: DA) has entered into an agreement to acquire 50% of Aquarius Water Co. Ltd, the largest HOD water company in China based in Shanghai. Aquarius Water Co. Ltd had sales of RMB 170 million in 1999. The company has a 55% share of the Shanghai HOD market and 650,000 active accounts, serving its customers through direct delivery and online through Internet.... read more

USA: BevAccess Launches in Texas

6 December 2000 | Company Press Release

BevAccess has launched its communications, technology and ecommerce services in the state of Texas. The company, publishers of the Texas Beverage Journal, is the first fully consolidated global Industry Exchange to support buyers, sellers and marketers of beverage alcohol with a more efficient and easy-to-use ecommerce solution for their businesses.... read more