Opinion on Beverages - Alcoholic in Asia-Pacific

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Coca-Cola: on-the-go in India

The on-the-go market has been taking off across the world. Coca-Cola is toying with the idea of making its tea and coffee available in India through vending machines, which has a good chance of succeeding if the locations are right. Otherwise Coca-Cola will find it hard to gain much of an advantage, given the firm hold its rivals have on the market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2001
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Starbucks: Japanese ideas could cross to US

Shareholders of Starbucks Coffee Japan [STBJF.PK] have approved a change to the corporate charter allowing the sale of alcohol at any outlet. The move comes alongside the debut of a series of new products aimed at reviving sales. Successful introductions could well translate into new offerings in the US.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2003
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Franklin Estates: it's in the can

Australia's Franklin Estates is preparing to release wine in cans to the US, UK and Japanese markets. While there are many practical benefits to the idea - no spoilage, no need for bottle-openers, no need to finish a bottle - its success depends on good weather, and consumers being prepared accept the unorthodox notion of wine in ring-pull cans.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2003
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Glenmorangie: success on foreign shores

Despite falling UK sales, Glenmorangie [GMGA.L] has had a good year, with success in Europe, the US and the Far East. Allying with bigger companies to increase the reach of its marketing, and capitalizing on Asian perceptions of Scotch as a prestigious and valuable drink have all helped to boost sales and profits.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2003
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Carlsberg: the price of fame

The recent launch of two beers in Bangladesh serves to demonstrate the power of international branding. Crown Beverages' new beers have faithfully copied both Foster's and Carlsberg's branding in order to make a splash with consumers. The tactic is a shrewd one since it plays on consumers' perceptions of glamour and prestige.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2004
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SABMiller: Harbin bid hoo-hah

Anheuser-Busch's [BUD] surprise acquisition of a 29% stake in the Chinese brewer Harbin may force SABMiller [SAB.L] to gain full control of the company. By making this competitive acquisition, however, Anheuser-Busch is risking its strategic alliance with the number one Chinese brewer, Tsingtao.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2004
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SABMiller: the king of its Castle

Profits at brewer SABMiller [SAB.L] have improved considerably this year, aided by a turnaround at the Miller operation and the strong demand for low-carb drinks in the US. The company's most testing challenges still lie ahead though as it fights to acquire the Chinese brewer Harbin [0249.HK] and sustain its momentum in the US.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2004
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San Miguel: off the alcohol

In the last few years, San Miguel has been expanding geographically while also trying to reduce its reliance on the alcoholic drinks market. However, the company will need to inject a significant amount of cash into the Berri brand if it is to generate a decent return on investment in the overseas markets.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2004
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Foster's / Southcorp: beer then wine is fine

Foster's and Southcorp [SRP.AX] would fit together well. The company would have Australia's strongest wine brands, a good geographical sales spread, and the scale to compete with Constellation and Diageo. However, there would be little logic in Foster's retaining its low-growth, largely domestic beer business post-acquisition: a move to focus purely on wine would be a good move going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2005
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Foster's / Southcorp: takeover looking likelier

Southcorp has opposed Foster's [FGL.AX] current bid, saying that it undervalues the company, while Foster's says that the new plan overvalues Southcorp. Neither position is particularly surprising. However, the announcement keeps the deal alive, and gives Foster's a reason to increase its offer. It would be wise to do so, given the importance of Southcorp to its future in the wine business.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2005

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