Archive | December, 2009
The Gaymer Cider Company is an English company who produce the brands Blackthorn, Olde English and Gaymers ciders, while Constellation Brands Inc. based in Victor, New York is the leading producer of premium wines in the world. The transaction will give the C&C Group a broad portfolio of UK cider brands, a new cider production facility in Somerset and a distribution warehouse in Bristol.
The deal is expected to be complete by mid-January 2010, following consultation with employees. As well as giving the Magners producer control over the Blackthorn, Olde English and Gaymers brands, C&C will also receive a range of value cider brands and 'own label' products for UK grocers. [...more]
Britvic has signed a deal with Wincanton which will see the latter provide rail services to the beverages firm between the Midlands and Scotland.
Wincanton will be tasked with transporting the firm's Robinsons, Pepsi, Tango, Drench Water and Fruit Shoot products from the firm's production facilities in England to north of the border.
Britvic has also signed a secondary distribution deal with Malcolm Logistics, which will transport the products on to Grangemouth and Mossend - also by rail. [...more]
Maputo - Despite promises of 24 hour production and distribution of its soft drinks, the company Coca-Cola Sabco has failed miserably to supply the Maputo market at precisely the time of year when there is the greatest demand for its products.
The 300 millilitre bottles of Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and their sister drinks were completely unavailable in the supermarkets visited by AIM over the past few days. Just a few cans of some of the less popular drinks were available.
In the wholesale deposits, the drinks were sometimes available, but at exorbitant prices. Coca-Cola Sabco's recommended wholesale price is 148 meticais (about 5.5 US dollars) for a crate of 24 330 millilitre bottles. But AIM has found these crates on sale for 240 or 250 meticais.
The speculators are sometimes denounced to the authorities, and the independent television station STV reported one instance of trade inspectors descending on one greedy wholesaler and fining him for his extortionate prices.
But the inspectors cannot be everywhere, and disgruntled consumers find themselv [...more]
International Dairy and Juice Limited (IDJ), a joint venture between PepsiCo and Almarai, announced today that it has acquired Egypt's International Company for Agro-Industrial Projects (Beyti).
Beyti, founded in 2005, is a well recognized brand name in Egypt. It produces a range of high-quality dairy and juice products, including plain and flavored ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk, flavored yogurt, cheese and a variety of juices, in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
"The acquisition of Beyti is an important step forward for our joint venture with Almarai," said Saad Abdul-Latif, CEO of PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa. "Beyti's dairy and juice brands build on our commitment to world-class quality, while addressing consumers' need for nutrition as well as fun and refreshment." [...more]
subsidiary United Beverage Alliance, a wholly
owned subsidiary of United Liquor, has approved the "Youth" label and plans to
immediately start selling a premium bottled water product in the Florida
market, with a high marketing concentration in the Tampa Bay area. United
Beverage Alliance will utilize the website www.youth-water.com to be the
primary contact for the product. UBA has signed with Funhunt Enterprises to
help market the product in the Tampa Bay Area.
"We are very excited about the launching of our bottled water. There are very
few artesian water bottlers, which many consider to be the best quality of
water in the world, let alone the United States. We want to utilize the
artesian water right here in the United States, where we won't incur the high
cost of transportation and also help lower the carbon footprint associated
with the large scale transportation of artesian water." We also want to
earmark some of our profits to give back to local causes. The United States is
one of the world's largest consumers of bottled water, and now there is a
local source to deliver the best quality of water that gives back to the local
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale in the UK, has announced that it will challenge to the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) decision to reject its super-complaint on anti-competitive practices in the UK pub market.
The organisation, which has over 107,000 members, published its super-complaint titled A Fair Share for the Consumer earlier this year. It said that a reform of beer tie arrangements is required so that tied publicans can buy beer at lower wholesale prices.
CAMRA is appealing the OFT's rejection of the super-complaint and is urging consumers to visit its website and contribute to the Consumers v OFT Pub Market Ruling Campaign Fund. [...more]
Designated drivers in Australia are enjoying free soft drinks over the festive period in an attempt to reduce the instances of drink driving in the country.
Those driving wear wrist bands to make themselves known to the bar staff of participating pubs.
The scheme will run until January 3rd 2010 and has been welcomed by the Australian Hotels Association.
As part of our Christmas season of articles from industry leaders here we ask
Ged Welch, managing director, Thierry's to say who he regards as the key figures in the drinks trade.
Who do you see as the leading figures in the UK drinks industry and why?
The likes of Paul Walsh, ceo of Diageo, Troy Christensen, ceo of Constellation, Dan Jago, Tesco and other BWS heads. These people create the context in which we're all playing.The 'volume versus value' equation is played out largely amongst the big boys and this drives consumer behaviour and expectations.
Scottish brewery BrewDog is planning to open a chain of pubs by the end of 2010.
The brewery's owners said that they want to build on the "rapid growth" that the Aberdeen-based brewery has been experiencing.
In October 2009, BrewDog announced that it had bought a bar called the Marischal in Aberdeen.
"This is going to be home of the very first BrewDog brew-pub. Blending punk-rock, utilitarianism and philosophy, the BrewDog Bar will be exciting imaginations from February 2010," the owners said in their blog. [...more]
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter which states that many of Nestle's Juicy Juice products are misbranded as their labelling breaks FDA regulations.
In the letter, the FDA states that the Juicy Juice Brain Development Fruit Juice is misbranded under section 403 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as the label makes claims about its nutrient content that are unauthorised.
Labelling on the product reads: "Helps support development
in children under two years old."
The beverage's website also makes similar claims and the FDA said that, except for statements that describe the percentage of a vitamin or mineral in relation to recommended daily allowance (RDI), claims of nutrient content should not be made for beverages aimed at infants and children less than two years of age, unless they are specifically permitted by FDA regulations. [...more]
NEW DELHI, Dec 30 - India has approved investment plans of Japanese firm Mitsui and Britain's Diageo , the world's biggest spirits company, the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
Mitsui plans to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary and a joint-venture firm in India for a total investment of 3.26 billion rupees ($70 million), the statement said. [...more]
China Resources Snow Breweries Limited, which is 49% owned by the world's second-largest brewer SABMiller, inaugurated its new unit inYichun, Heilongjiang Province on Dec. 28.
The new unit, capable of producing 50,000 kiloliters of beer per year, will help boost the economic development of Yichun as well as the Xiao Xinganling region, according to Wang Aiwen, Yichun's mayor, who attended the opening ceremony yesterday.
CR Snow Breweries runs more than 60 breweries in mainland China and its Snow brand beer is the world's top-selling beer, with a production capacity of 7 million kiloliters. [...more]