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13 October, 2015

SABMiller and AB InBev agree a deal

The boards of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller have announced that they have reached agreement in principle on the key terms of a possible recommended offer to be made by AB InBev for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of SABMiller.

Artesian at the Langham Hotel in London was named the number one bar on the planet at Drinks International’s World’s 50 Best Bars Awards tonight.

The World's 50 Best Bars 2015 awards ceremony took place in London's Christ Church Spitalfields yesterday. 

SABMiller meets investors

09 October, 2015

SABMiller, the global brewer which is the subject of a takeover bid from Anheuser-Busch InBev, is meeting its investors today (October 9).


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The generic body representing Armagnac producers, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac, has announced that distillation started today (October 8) - this early for the first time in living memory.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has expressed surprise at SABMiller rejection of its bid to take over the company.

Bar Convent Berlin organisers claim attendances were up 20% this year along with a 30% increase in exhibitors.

Bar Convent Berlin opens

06 October, 2015

The Bar Convent, the trade show for the bar and beverage industry in Europe opens in Berlin today (October 6).

Beam Suntory’s iconic Islay single malt scotch whisky brand Laphroaig launched a 32-year-old expression last night. 

The scotch whisky industry is in a positive frame mind and expects a return to growth, despite recent twists and turns.

Following the news yesterday that Brown-Forman has broken ground in its US$50m Irish whiskey distillery in Slane, Walsh Whiskey announces that it has taken delivery of three copper pot and column stills, bringing it a step closure to January’s formal commissioning of its new €25m distillery.

Brown-Forman yesterday welcomed guests to the site of its new $50m Irish whisky operation, Slane Distillery, which it hopes could create a brand to challenge the top brands of the category.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is lining up banks including Bank of America Corp. and Banco Santander SA to arrange as much as US$70 billion in financing as it prepares to make a takeover proposal for SABMiller Plc, according to reports from Bloomberg News.

Online gin retailer launches

30 September, 2015

An Australian bottle shop has launched what it claims is the world’s first online specialist gin retail website for Australian gin enthusiasts called Gin Heaven.

The Stoli Group has announced the appointment of Lars Vestbirk as its international marketing director, effective immediately.


Airports need to sort the basics

Over the past year I have heard several people in the travel retail sector grandly refer to their business as the ‘sixth continent’, to underline just how important the channel has become to the drinks industry. 

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