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November 19, 2014
  MERGERS ACQUISITIONS US – Swisher International to acquire Drew Estate Tobacco The leading US cigars manufacturer, Swisher International, is to acquire Drew Estate Tobacco with the deal expected to be concluded in the fourth quarter of 2014. Set up and run as a family business, with operations in New York, Miami and Nicaragua, Drew […]
October 20, 2014
As reported in Drinks Business Review, Bigelow Tea will introduce a new “American Breakfast” line of black tea that contains 50% more caffeine than the average tea serving. Is the tea manufacturer purposefully targeting American coffee drinkers? And is this really the best way to grow tea sales in the US? New Bigelow American Breakfast […]
October 16, 2014
With Caleb Kola, PepsiCo has added yet another carbonated beverage brand to a list of new products that includes energy/juice blend Mtn Dew Kickstarter, Mtn Dew Baja Blast, Real Sugar Pepsi, and the stevia sweetened Pepsi True. Carbonates, particularly of the cola variety, have been in strong decline across the US in recent years. While […]
October 7, 2014
The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 has been awarded to three Japanese scientists for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, enabling bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The publicity generated by this award is likely to boost consumer interest in LED lamps. “The 21st century will be lit by LED lamps” Professors Isamu […]
October 7, 2014
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, which appear to be getting bigger by the week, are the latest threat to luxury goods brands in an increasingly testing Asia Pacific market. Hong Kong is a key regional hub for luxury goods shopping, generating sales worth US$7.5 billion in 2014. That puts it above countries such as Brazil […]
September 16, 2014
In view of the vote on 18th September on whether Scotland should become an independent state or not, there has been a lot of debate on the state of the Scottish economy and whether Scotland will fare better or worse outside the union. But, with a Scottish retailing market that Euromonitor International estimates at £28.5 […]
September 15, 2014
SABMiller Plc’s move to buy the majority family-owned Heineken NV was a surprise to the global beer industry, but it being rebuffed was not. This seems to be a defensive move by SABMiller and a reactionary one to speculation of an Anheuser-Busch NV take-over at a time when the latter is accumulating capital in preparation […]
September 8, 2014
William Grant’s acquisition of Drambuie- the Scotch based liqueur- for an undisclosed price, is strategically sound, giving the company entry into the burgeoning flavoured whisky/whisky flavoured liqueurs arena through a brand of uniquely strong heritage in the category. It also fits in with the company’s increased focus on the resurgent segment underscored with the recent […]

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