AB InBev is preparing to secure funds of up to £75 billion (US$122bn) to buy rival UK brewer SABMiller, according to reports by the Wall Street Journal.
Russia’s alcoholic drinks industry is in tatters, reeling under the pressure of excise tax hikes, advertising bans and relentlessly tightening legislation.
William Grant & Sons has acquired the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand.
Pernod Ricard could raise and spend “a few billion euros” on the right acquisition, if one came along, according to its deputy chairman and joint chief executive.
United Spirits has revealed a net loss of £445 million, prompting majority owner Diageo to launch an investigation.
Hendricks Gin has helped boost the annual turnover of William Grant & Sons to a record £1.12 billion, a 5.2% increase on the previous year.
Several years of heavy investment in China has been blamed by many spirits producers as the root cause of a string of depressed annual results.
The price of Argentine wines will remain stable, according to one importer, despite the country being in the grip of an economic crisis.
Carlsberg has warned its profits are likely to take a tumble this year due to increasing tensions between the Ukraine, Russia and the West.
A new tax could be levied on sales of alcohol to fund the treatment of drink and drug addicts.
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