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Japan and the global soft drinks race

This month, Ray Rowlands follows the progress of the latest Japanese company to look beyond its domestic market: DyDo Drinco has high hopes...

Is time right for TWE to move for Diageo's wines?

It’s hard to believe now, but when Diageo acquired Seagram’s wine operations in late-2000, it was seen as a real opportunity; exciting even....

Will a sexed-up SABMiller tempt AB InBev?

It's all too much to happen on one day for this to be a coincidence, surely? Is SABMiller showing a bit of leg to Anheuser-Busch InBev while...

Is Brown-Forman at the end of the SoCo road?

Much as Brown-Forman would not be drawn on reports last week that its Southern Comfort whiskey liqueur has been put up for sale, the brand's...

Latest Interviews

What's behind Brown-Forman's Irish whiskey plans? 30 Sep 2015

Lucy Britner

The owner of the largest US whiskey brand in the world has bought into Ireland to create a new whiskey brand. Can Brown-Forman make Slane Whiskey as successful as Jack Daniel's? What was the thinking behind the move? just-drinks spoke to Brown-Forman executive VP & chief brands and strategy officer Lawson Whiting at the company's ground-breaking ceremony to find out.

Why did Mast-Jägermeister buy Sidney Frank? 10 Aug 2015

Andy Morton

Last week, Mast-Jägermeister, the German owner of the Jägermeister herbal liqueur, took control of its US distributor Sidney Frank Importing Co. Part of Mast-Jägermeister's new strategy to control distribution in its core markets, the acquisition was otherwise noteworthy because of the important role Sidney Frank has played in Jägermeister's global rise.With Jägermeister sales in the US under pressure, Mast-Jägermeister is looking to move away from its famous brand's reputation as a party shot and embrace the new craft spirits culture. But, as Mast-Jägermeister executive board member Michael Volke told just-drinks from New York last week, not completely away.

Latest News

Sazerac Co snaps up Michael Collins Irish whiskey 9 Oct 15

Olly Wehring

The Sazerac Co has added another Irish whiskey to its stable, through the purchase of the Michael Collins brand.

A-B InBev's Canadian unit swoops for craft brewer 9 Oct 15

Lucy Britner

Anheuser Busch-InBev's Canadian unit Labatt Breweries of Canada has purchased Toronto craft brewer Mill Street Brewery. 

Brito gives call to arms to SABMiller shareholders 8 Oct 15

Andy Morton

The CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev has called on SABMiller's shareholders to back his company's takeover offer, saying its rejection by SAB's management yesterday “lacks credibility”.

New-look Conviviality closes Matthew Clark buy 8 Oct 15

Andy Morton

Conviviality Retail has changed its name as it completes the purchase of UK on-trade distributor Matthew Clark.

AB InBev makes formal offer for SABMiller 7 Oct 15

Olly Wehring

Anheuser-Busch InBev has tabled a formal offer for SABMiller of GBP42.15 per share.

SABMiller formally rejects AB InBev's offer 7 Oct 15

Lucy Britner

The board of SABMiller has formally rejected Anheuser-Busch InBev's offer of GBP42.15 per share, stating that the proposal undervalues the company.

Latest blogs

AB InBev's Brito might not recognise a hop, but he knows a good deal 29 Sep 15

Andy Morton

While analysts mull the numbers of Anheuser-Busch InBev's impending offer for SABMiller, there's a timely reminder in The Times newspaper this week that the proposed deal may yet fall victim to other vagaries.

And, then he goes and spoils it all by saying something stupid like “I'm thinking of buying SABMiller” 28 Sep 15

Olly Wehring

Part of my lot on just-drinks is to nail down senior executives within our industry – the more senior the better. I've enjoyed interviewing many of the CEOs within our ranks, but one that I have never been able to get to is Anheuser-Busch InBev's Carlos Brito.

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