Latest Intelligence on Beverages - Alcoholic in China

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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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Tsingtao: buoyed by beer buying

It's a good time to be a Chinese brewer: Tsingtao, the country's largest, has experienced 20% growth in earnings in the first half of the year. This comes in stark contrast to the stagnation of the global beer market, but Tsingtao needs to remember that the days of plenty will not last forever. Competition will intensify as foreign players look to emerging markets for future revenue growth.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2005
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Heineken: slow off the mark

Heineken's H1 profits have slumped 8.2% as it battles to counter stagnating sales in its core markets of western Europe and the US. The need for global brewers to diversify geographically is clear, but while Heineken has been assiduous in building its Russian operations, it has arguably so far failed to refresh parts of the world its rivals have already reached.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2005
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Kirin Brewery: tapping into China's growth

Kirin Brewery has taken steps to become the first major Japanese brewer with a wholly owned subsidiary in China. The investment will secure Kirin a firm foothold in a market which, in value growth terms, is expected to far outstrip the brewer's relatively mature domestic market of Japan. By establishing a production plant in China, Kirin also will gain scope for cost savings and further expansion.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2005
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New drinks review: El Paso launches quick fix cocktail mix

A range of novel drinks packagings have been noted by Productscan Online this month, which are designed to improve the taste of the product and its ability to stand out from the crowd. These include Coors' new beer can and Hain's Smoothies with a 4-way turbo straw. Some unusual dairy products have also recently been launched, from milk made from Kamut wheat, to a cucumber-flavored cow's milk.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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Moet Hennessy: increasing its presence in China

LVMH-owned Moet Hennessy has increased its presence in China with the purchase of a 55% stake in Wen Jun Distillery, a Chinese producer of white spirits, as it looks to cash in on a booming economy and increasing incomes. The Chinese spirits market is rising steadily, and LVMH's existing knowledge of the market, combined with its industry expertise, will provide it with an excellent opportunity.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2007
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New drinks review: vodka with a conscience

Growing consumer concern for the environment has led to the development of a range of 'greener' beverages. A scan of Productscan this month highlights this trend, with the recent launch of a 'green' vodka which has environmentally friendly credentials, and a bottled water packaged in lightweight plastic.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2007
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Scotch whisky: new legislation to combat counterfeiters

The Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has welcomed the news that the UK government is to introduce new legislation to provide Scotch whisky manufacturers with greater protection against counterfeit alternatives. However, with the UK market stagnating, the SWA should seek to enhance the sales and image of Scotch whisky in emerging countries by challenging for greater international legislation.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2007

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