LONDON (Reuters) – With revellers raising a glass of bubbly to the new year, England’s tiny sparkling wine industry is set for a lift in 2014 as established brands step up export plans and newcomers join the party.
Internationally, England may be known for its ale, cider and gin, but it is also home to 432 vineyards and 124 wineries, mostly along the southeast coast, which has similar geology and climate to France’s Champagne region across the Channel.
LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Graham Mackay, the chairman of
brewer SABMiller and one of the best-known figures in
the global consumer goods industry, died on Wednesday from
cancer. He was 64.
Mackay spent 35 years at SABMiller, steering its
transformation from a South African industrial conglomerate to
the world’s second-largest beer maker with annual sales of $34.5
billion and 200 brands including Miller Lite, Peroni and Pilsner
LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – India’s United Spirits
could attract more buyers for its Whyte & Mackay Scotch whisky
business and tip the price over the expected 450 million pounds
($735 million) if it included the single malt Dalmore, sources
familiar with the matter say.
A sale of most of Whyte & Mackay was offered last month by
Diageo to appease UK regulators concerned its purchase
of a controlling stake in Whyte & Mackay’s owner, United
Spirits, would hurt competition in the world’s No. 3 Scotch
market behind France and the United States.
LONDON (Reuters) – Consumer products giant Unilever Plc (ULVR.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (UNc.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) aims to cut the number of individual products it sells by 30 percent by the end of 2014 to become more efficient and navigate a global economic slowdown it admits it was slow to confront.
The Anglo-Dutch maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Lipton tea and Dove soap also said on Thursday it is cutting about 2,000 jobs and will continue to adjust its portfolio.
MOSCOW/LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Philip Morris International
Inc and Japan Tobacco Inc are buying 20 percent
stakes in their Russian distributor Megapolis for $750 million
each, strengthening their grip on the world’s No.2 cigarette
market by volume after China.
Russia, where 40 percent of the adult population smoke, is a
key battleground for foreign tobacco companies grappling with
dwindling sales in many developed markets where government
regulation is becoming stricter and smokers fewer.
LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Britain signalled it would force
tobacco companies to scrap branded cigarette packaging on
Thursday in an attempt to reduce the number of children who may
be drawn to smoking by striking and brightly coloured packs.
In a surprise decision that was welcomed by cancer research
charities but scorned by some tobacco companies, the government
said it was appointing a paediatrician to examine whether plain
packaging would reduce the human and financial cost of smoking.
LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – For consumers, one of the great things about shopping online is bypassing the queue to check out. For producers of the candy, magazines and drinks often sold there, it’s a problem.
In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular, about 13 percent of people do all or most of their grocery shopping online. Yet this only accounts for 5 percent of overall spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a store.
LONDON/BERLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) – For consumers, one of the
great things about shopping online is bypassing the queue to
check out. For producers of the candy, magazines and drinks
often sold there, it’s a problem.
In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular,
about 13 percent of people do all or most of their grocery
shopping online. Yet this only accounts for 5 percent of overall
spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Diageo (DGE.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has offered to sell most of Whyte & Mackay’s whisky assets to address competition concerns arising from its July acquisition of a controlling interest in India’s United Spirits (UNSP.NS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
Diageo, the world’s biggest spirits maker, said on Monday that it would assist Britain’s Office of Fair Trading with its evaluation of the United Spirits deal and that a further announcement would be made in due course.
LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Reckitt Benckiser Group
has hired Morgan Stanley to advise on its options for its
shrinking pharmaceuticals unit, according to two sources
familiar with the matter.
The British consumer goods company said last month it was
examining options for the business, which sells a heroin
addiction medicine and could fetch over 2 billion pounds ($3.24
billion) in a sale, according to analysts.