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Grocery industry to spend A$100m on recycling scheme

Recycling

Grocery industry to spend A$100m on recycling scheme

By RJ Whitehead

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has celebrated last week’s ruling by the Federal Court against the Northern Territory Container Tax—the AFGC’s bête noir—by announcing a A$100m industry-led recycling scheme and releasing data to show that...

United Spirits: India regulator gives green light for $2bn Diageo deal

United Spirits: India regulator gives green light for $2bn Diageo deal

By Ben BOUCKLEY

The Indian Competition Commission (CCI) has approved Diageo’s purchase of a 53.4% stake in United Spirits (USL), saying that the £1.28bn ($2.04bn) purchase may boost the nation’s premium spirits market and improve consumer choice without jeopardizing...

Carlsberg mulls potential $1.2bn China M&A move in Chongqing

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Carlsberg mulls potential $1.2bn China M&A move in Chongqing

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

After a quiet beginning to 2013, M&A activity is heating up in China’s beer market, as Carlsberg said on Monday it was considering upping its stake in Chongqing Brewery, intensifying the fight among global brewers for production assets there.

Sports legend meets pragmatism as a brand enters India

Gulfood 2013 blog

Sports legend meets pragmatism as a brand enters India

By RJ Whitehead in Dubai

It is hard for a food industry trade show to pack the same level of glamour as, say, the Tokyo Motor Show, so it’s probably best for organisers not to try. But every now and again, in a moment of wild abandon, a celebrity or sports star graces a show’s...

Popcorn, spirits and Les Mis: an Oscar-winning combination

Film tipples

Popcorn, spirits and Les Mis: an Oscar-winning combination

By RJ Whitehead

With the film awards season now in full flow, an Australian market research company has identified that cinemagoers are more likely to have a tipple than those who stay in and watch the television.

Dohler expands MENA might with Delta Aromatic acquisition

Dohler expands MENA might with Delta Aromatic acquisition

By RJ Whitehead

Already a mainstay in the Middle East ingredients market, Dohler has now announced further expansion in the region following its acquisition of the fruit processing and flavour unit of Delta Aromatic in Egypt.

Doctors hit out at alcohol’s ability to self-regulate

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Doctors hit out at alcohol’s ability to self-regulate

By RJ Whitehead

Accusing Australia’s alcohol industry of being incapable of self-regulation, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called on the government to launch an inquiry into alcohol marketing amid what it calls an unprecedented push by the industry to...

NT container deposit scheme moves to court

Testing the law

NT container deposit scheme moves to court

By RJ Whitehead

Following an ongoing furious stand-off between drinks manufacturers, environmental groups and the local government, the Northern Territory’s opinion-splitting container deposit scheme has now reached the point of litigation.

Researchers call for tooth-decay warnings on soft drinks

Australia's labelling free-for-all

Researchers call for tooth-decay warnings on soft drinks

By RJ Whitehead

The latest call for advisories on Australian food labels comes from researchers at the University of Adelaide, who say that any health warnings for soft drinks should include the risk of tooth decay. This follows a new study that looks at the consumption...

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

By Ben BOUCKLEY

The potential upsides in Diageo’s potential acquisition of a majority stake in India's United Spirits (USL) are clear but achieving acceptable profitability from the business may be tricky, according to one analyst.

New Zealand winemakers talking tactics for China push

State of the industry

New Zealand winemakers talking tactics for China push

By RJ Whitehead

Recognising the newfound importance of the Chinese wine market, New Zealand’s vintners are pulling out the stops to make sure their exports have a place in Far East cellars.

Better, stronger VB arrests decade-long decline

Better, stronger VB arrests decade-long decline

By RJ Whitehead

Victoria Bitter’s heartfelt apology last year is likely behind the beer’s turnaround in the Australian market, after the SABMiller brand showed its first quarter of growth in over 10 years of steady 10% declines.

China wakes up, smells Nestlé’s ‘unique’ coffee flavor

NESTLE POISED FOR CONTINUED CHINESE COFFEE DOMINANCE: ANALYST

China wakes up, smells Nestlé’s ‘unique’ coffee flavor

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Nestlé’s ‘smart investment’ in Chinese whole bean coffee is likely to consolidate its market-leading position within the category there, as it stands poised to release a local product, according to a top beverage analyst.

Manjushree Technopack sets out growth plans

Manjushree Technopack sets out growth plans

By Rod Addy

Packaging firm Manjushree Technopack aims to double sales by 2015, driven by the growth of the middle class in India, and is poised to start construction on a fourth factory.

Tsingtao tightens grip on central Shaanxi as AB InBev lurks

INDUSTRY VOICES: HEAD OF AKTIEFOKUS CHINA, JACOB DE LICHTENBERG

Tsingtao tightens grip on central Shaanxi as AB InBev lurks

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

Chinese beer giant Tsingtao Brewery is set to further consolidate its leading market position in Shaanxi by significantly expanding capacity with two new breweries, while AB InBev is also rumoured to be keen on penetrating the central Chinese province.

Bottled water amounting to big bucks in Indonesia

State of the industry

Bottled water amounting to big bucks in Indonesia

By RJ Whitehead

Indonesia's bottled water market may be one of the most high valued markets in the world, but there are still plenty of opportunities for growth, new research from UK-based research firm Mintel said.

Suntory plans share sale to fund M&A drive?

Suntory plans share sale to fund M&A drive?

By Ben Bouckley

Multinational Suntory Holdings plans to sell shares in its non-alcoholic drinks business to fund a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) drive, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg.

Carlsberg signals Chinese strategy shift and 'Top 3' ambition

INDUSTRY VOICES: HEAD OF AKTIEFOKUS CHINA, JACOB DE LICHTENBERG

Carlsberg signals Chinese strategy shift and 'Top 3' ambition

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

For Chinese beer market followers, one of the most interesting developments over the last fortnight was Danish brewer Carlsberg’s announced strategy shift and expressed desire to acquire one of the nation's top three domestic brewers.

FSSAI to regulate tea trade in India

FSSAI to regulate tea trade in India

By Ankush Chibber

India’s top commercial crop, its tea trade, will now come under the authority of the country’s top food safety watchdog.

Jacob de Lichtenberg, head of Aktiefokus China

INDUSTRY VOICES: HEAD OF AKTIEFOKUS CHINA, JACOB DE LICHTENBERG

Tsingtao scales up beer operations in China’s bustling Henan province

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

In this guest article, Jacob de Lichtenberg, head of Aktiefokus China, gives BeverageDaily.com readers the lowdown on Tsingtao Brewery’s plans to build a brewery in Henan province, where beer production is booming.

Social storm pushes Woolworths to remove infant drink

Social storm pushes Woolworths to remove infant drink

By RJ Whitehead

A social media storm and petition have prompted Australian supermarket Woolworths to withdraw all juice supplies of infant drink brand Bebi from its shelves, although its infant suitable water line will remain.

Kiwis drinking more cider, but less beer

Drinks

Kiwis drinking more cider, but less beer

By Ankush Chibber

Cider is the rising star of New Zealand’s alcoholic beverages market even as consumption of beer in the country is showing a steady decline, said a top official from Lion, the Australasian food and beverage major.

From chai to latte: India’s new coffee culture

State of the industry

From chai to latte: India’s new coffee culture

By RJ Whitehead

Coffee culture in India is flourishing thanks to the efforts of a few specialist coffee chains and the instant coffee players, says a new report from Rabobank. 

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