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Bacardi: running for the border

The acquisition of Tequila Cazadores, Mexico's leading premium tequila, is another step in Bacardi's efforts to expand beyond its core rum business. Bacardi gains access to the fast-growing tequila market, and compared to previous acquisitions - it paid almost $2 billion for Diageo brands Dewar's and Bombay Sapphire in 1998 - the Cazadores deal is a bargain.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Bimbo: brighter than you might expect

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2000
CommentWire
CommentWire

Bimbo: time to decide between North and South

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

Body Shop: profits before passion

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2001
Expert View
Expert View

Cadbury: a British icon is nearly in Kraft's hands

Cadbury's announcement that it has agreed to be taken over by Kraft has been met with public outcry in the UK, as consumers mourn the loss of another British institution to a foreign company. Nevertheless, Kraft must be congratulated for its determination to purchase this lucrative business, with many analysts agreeing that it has got itself a bargain.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Corus: muddled thinking

When Corus was formed in 1999, it hoped to grow by diversifying from steel - but a corporate rethink has overturned these plans. Not only is the firm now spinning off its non-steel businesses, it's merging with Brazil's CSN, thereby guaranteeing ore supplies. It's not clear that heavy exposure to a rickety economy is the best way of hedging commodity price risk, however.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kraft: down Mexico way

Kraft looks set to succeed where Coke and Pepsi failed, taking over Mexican juice giant Jugos del Valle. The Mexican economy is on the rise, Kraft has a strong history of targeting Spanish speakers in the US, and Jugos del Valle will significantly improve the company's distribution network south of the border. In short, es muy buena.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kuehne & Nagel: positive moves

Kuehne & Nagel is continuing its growth strategy with another acquisition in Central America. As economic slowdown keeps freight growth down in the developed world, it makes sense for K&N to focus on less exploited markets to maintain its profit growth. At the same time, the move expands the Swiss firm's worldwide network still further.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kuehne & Nagel: taking over the world, with minimal risk

K&N can now fully integrate the unit's activities into its network, controlling the subsidiary's operations for the benefit of its global network. Setting up joint ventures and turning the successful ones into wholly owned subsidiaries is a wise strategy for K&N. It can test the waters in each market before putting forward full capital and resource commitment.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2002
Expert View
Expert View

Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth brings scale but will fail to deliver sustainable sales growth

The Pfizer-Wyeth merger will create a prescription pharmaceutical company of unprecedented scale. The combined entity would have recorded total company sales in excess of $70 billion and prescription pharmaceutical sales of over $60 billion in 2008. However, the deal is not a solution to the companies' declining sales outlooks, and profit growth will only be achieved through further cost cutting.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009

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