September 5, 2008

Marketwatch: Drinks – August 2008 – Providing Insight into the Key Events in the Drinks Industry

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "MarketWatch: Drinks - August 2008" report to their offering.

The Drinks MarketWatch contains the latest news, analysis and opinion, covering all the months major issues including mergers and acquisitions, marketing and regulatory issues. It covers the period from June 15 - July 14 2008.


- Geographic coverage: global

- Category coverage: drinks

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News in Brief


Developing plastic bottle alternatives

Liqueurs & Other Alcoholic Drinks: top flavors in new products

New drinks launches by category, March - May 2008: raising a glass to wine

Product claims: new drinks launches, March - May 20


Childhood obesity levels set to rise unabated


Coca-Cola: making energy drinks more appealing

Starbucks: hoping store cuts will reinvigorate US business

Pepsi: link with Beckham under threat



Havoc appoints new CFO

Diageo invests $18 million in Illinois plant

Coffee Holding reports loss in Q2

Coca-Cola Enterprises hires general counsel

Gatorade appoints chief marketing officer

FMCG firms into reinvention mode in India

Coca-Cola hikes concentrate prices in India

Majestic Wine expects to hike prices by 10% in 2009, says CEO

SkyPeople Fruit Juice acquires Huludao Wonder Fruit

China Organic Agriculture establishes new subsidiary

China Yingxia International appoints new CFO

Purple beverage now available at Duane Reade stores

Long Island Spirits releases new potato vodka

Hat Trick Beverages engages new distributor

Novelle International introduces new Maqui Superberry liquid supplement

Diageo and Flavored Malt Beverage Coalition file suit against California's BOE

Lebedyansky approves baby food and mineral water business spin-off

SPI Group likely to sell Stolichnaya vodka brand

Nestle suspends production at coffee plant in China

Coors Brewers announces management changes

OGO USA to distribute OGO Oxygenated water in North America

Bossa Nova hires VP of brand communication

Drinks Americas Holdings Bourbon business sales up 48%

Old Forester to unveil Repeal Bourbon

Starbucks SVP of global food and beverage steps down

Campari eyes acquisitions in spirits segment

Tilaknagar Industries to invest INR1.5 billion in two beverage plants

Wimm-Bill-Dann intends to make acquisitions and remain independent

Starbucks intends to increase operations in Brazil

UK's food and drink firms to share transport

Dr Pepper Snapple to build new production and distribution center

Pilot Therapeutics relaunches as Gene Smart Health

China Water and Drinks acquires 67% stake in Guangzhou Grand Canyon

Celsius enters into distribution agreement with Texas Premium Foods

Cott plans to refocus on retailer brands

Pernod Ricard makes management changes at Irish Distillers and US unit

Marketing Management Services International buys Arran Brewery

Sapporo Breweries to display CO2 emission details on beer cans

Grupo Modelo CEO resigns from Anheuser-Busch board

Anheuser-Busch to acquire remaining stake in India JV

Radico Khaitan to open distillery in Maharashtra

Diageo to construct new distillery on St Croix island

Marani Brands appoints Paul Fuegner to lead marketing team

Boo Koo makes management changes

Remy Cointreau USA appoints SVP of sales strategy

Sun-Rich International launches new line of African food products

Soft drink firms turn to natural sweeteners

Tahitian Noni International appoints new president

Legacy signs distribution agreement with Canadian company

Drinks Americas to introduce new pomegranate juice

Havoc creates new energy drink for University of Illinois

Nestle recalls Pure Life Purified Water

SabMiller in talks with Grupo Modelo and InBev

AmBev to construct malt factory in Brazil

Asahi Breweries teams up with AST to export whiskey to Russia

Clearly Canadian Brands receives first orders from Bulk Barn

Function Drinks launches new beverage

Caribou Coffee offers La Minita Peaberry coffee

Pernod Ricard makes management changes

Coca-Cola Femsa acquires Refrigerantes Minas Gerais

Skinny Nutritional, Freedom Valu Center sign distribution and promotional deal

Diedrich Coffee names new vice president of sales

Nestea introduces green tea products with more antioxidants

Attitude Drinks opens up retail accounts in New York metro area

Reeds forms expanded partnership with Ralphs

Healthy Coffee International completes reverse split of common shares

Independent Brewers United to acquire Pyramid Breweries

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola extend cooperation in Denmark and Finland

Pernod Ricard makes senior management changes

Eldorado Artesian Springs reports annual net loss of $311,300

Coca-Cola North America to launch Full Throttle Coffee

Dabur engages Lowe to promote Real juices

EU postpones review of Pernod Ricard-Vin & Sprit deal

Fonte Italia Americas wins licensing agreements in over 22 states

Anheuser-Busch not to sell caffeinated alcoholic drinks

United Breweries to use bio mass boilers at breweries

Nestle to seek permission for expansion of Anderson bottling plant

TPG Capital to acquire 25.1% stake in Strauss Coffee for $291 million

Eldorado Artesian Springs begins shipments of drinking water line to retailer

Seattle's Best Coffee launches new Tanzanian coffee

Reeds enhances partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market

Castle Brands Q4 net loss widens

Sun Shower introduces new juice line

Asia Pacific Breweries CEO resigns

Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery complete merger

BAB Q2 net income down

Constellation Brands Q1 profit up

Kraft Foods enters into recycling partnership with TerraCycle

Glenmorangie announces GBP45 million investment program

Nestle Nigeria contributes to educational development

NutriPure Beverages signs LOI to acquire XND Technologies

Andrew Peller acquires World Vintners

Pocket Shot expands into Europe with distribution alliance

White Rocket introduces new wine brand

Wessanen acquires So Good brand

Burn Stewart Distillers launches new whiskey

Diageo to test two new Smirnoff vodka flavors

Unilever Japan to increase tea prices

Hall of Fame Beverages appoints vice president of business development

GW Equity sells Libations Wine & Spirits to John A Hunter Management

Who's Your Daddy to begin shipments of energy drinks to west Africa

Port City Javas H1 corporate cafe same store sales up

Coca-Cola launches new non-carbonated energy drink

German regulator raids coffee roasters on price fixing suspicion

Nestle spends $383,000 to lobby with US government

Nestle India likely to hike prices

Prices of Indian-made foreign liquor may go up

Whyte & Mackay considers takeover of Glen Moray

United Breweries intends to hike brewing capacity by 20%

Sangs plans to close Aberdeen distribution depot

Thatchers Cider to relaunch Old Rascal brand

Coca Cola agrees to pay $137.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

Heineken likely to restate Scottish & Newcastles profits

Click Wine Group introduces High Note

Unilever unveils new Promise SuperShots

SabMiller acquires Sarmat

Stumbras to introduce whiskey and vodka in India

Starbucks Coffee Japan to raise prices

BAWLS Guarana partners with GameFly

Golden Dragon signs distribution agreement with Goya Foods

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits acquires 20 Bees Winery

Pepsi Bottling Groups Q2 revenue marginally up

Leading Brands Q1 revenue down

Coca-Cola Amatil not to bid for Fosters beer business

Brooke Bond offers to buy Unilever Tea Kenya

Lifeway Foods Q2 sales up 19%

Premium Global Traders launches new line of gourmet coffees

Weavers Coffee & Tea launches new line of certified coffee and tea

Golden Dragon signs shipping and logistic agreement with CMA CGM

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi introduces new wine

Abbey Well rolls out new juice range

Brown-Forman scraps European wine marketing team

Cargill introduces new no-calorie sweetener

Bacardi elects new directors

NeoCell releases new nutritional supplement

Redux Beverages plans new look for Cocaine Energy Supplement

Clearly Canadian Brands appoints new director

Central European Distribution closes investment in Russian Alcohol

Copper Moon Coffee acquires Coffee Etcetera

SabMiller appoints commercial director for Asia

Heineken USA hires new chief marketing officer

General Cigar wins trademark infringement and counterfeiting suit


Sapporo Breweries to hike prices of 33 wine products

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List of Tables

Table 1: Top claims in new drinks launches, March - May 2008, compared to same period the year before

Table 2: Key Facts:

Table 3: SWOT Analysis

List of Figures

Figure 1: Primo Purified Water

Figure 2: Verity Finest Liquid Tea Teekonzentrat

Figure 3: Castries Peanut Rum Creme

Figure 4: Three Olives Flavored Vodka - Tomato

Figure 5: Peterman Jenever - Pomegranate; Citrus; Lemon; Violet; Forest Fruit; Apple

Figure 6: 1800 Select Silver 100 Proof Tequila Essential Artists Bottle

Figure 7: Liqueurs & Other Alcoholic Drinks: top flavors in new products

Figure 8: Leading global drinks launches by category, March - May 2007 and 20

Companies Mentioned:

- Coca-Cola

- Starbucks

- Pepsi

- Diageo

- Coffee Holding

- Gatorade

- Majestic Wine

- SkyPeople Fruit Juice

- China Yingxia International

- Long Island Spirits

- Hat Trick Beverages

- Novelle International

- SPI Group

- Nestle

- Coors Brewers

- Bossa Nova

- Old Forester

- Campari

- Tilaknagar Industries

- Wimm-Bill-Dann

- Pernod Ricard

- Arran Brewery

- Sapporo Breweries

- Grupo Modelo

- Anheuser-Busch

- Marani Brands

- Remy Cointreau

- Tahitian Noni International

- AmBev

- Asahi Breweries

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