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Nov 11, 2014

Changing British shopping habits help suppliers in supermarket talks

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Changes in British shopping
habits have forced suppliers of goods such as ice cream and soap
to adapt, strengthening their hand in negotiations with
supermarkets battling for lost sales.

Consumers are turning away from the four major chains to
save money at discounters or treat themselves at upmarket shops,
reducing suppliers’ dependence on any one customer.

Nov 4, 2014

Imperial Tobacco pledges 10 percent dividend increase

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Imperial Tobacco Group
said it would raise its dividend by at least 10 percent in the
next year, signalling confidence that cost cuts will help it to
cope with weak consumer spending and higher taxes that weighed
on its annual profit.

Like all tobacco companies, Imperial has been grappling with
declining sales in a number of markets, as more people cut back
or quit smoking. In addition, weak economies and government tax
increases are making cigarettes less affordable, leading to
lower-priced brands gaining in popularity.

Nov 3, 2014

Diageo gives up Bushmills for control of Don Julio tequila

LONDON (Reuters) – Diageo (DGE.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has agreed to swap its Bushmills Irish whiskey label for full ownership of the high-end Don Julio tequila, as the British drinks group seeks to regain its leading position in tequila and build a bigger portfolio of “reserve” brands.

The world’s largest spirits maker said on Monday that it had agreed a deal with the Beckmann family of Mexico to take the fifty percent of Don Julio it does not already own in exchange for its Bushmills Irish whiskey.

Oct 23, 2014

Unilever sales disappoint as emerging markets dampen growth

LONDON (Reuters) – Unilever posted its weakest quarterly sales growth in nearly five years on Thursday, as Europe’s persistent woes and a slowdown in emerging markets including China crimped its performance.

The Anglo-Dutch maker of Dove soap and Lipton tea reported a 2.1 percent rise in third-quarter underlying sales growth, below average analyst expectations of a 3.7 percent increase, according to a company-compiled consensus.

Oct 22, 2014

British American Tobacco sales down as smokers frugal

LONDON (Reuters) – British American Tobacco (BATS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported on Wednesday an accelerated decline in the number of cigarettes sold, citing economic pressures on smokers around the world to rein in spending.

BAT’s shares fell after it joined other consumer goods makers that have been hit by cutbacks from cash-strapped consumers such as Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Coca-Cola (KO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Heineken (HEIN.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Nestle (NESN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Oct 21, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser sales hurt by sluggish markets

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Sales growth at consumer goods
maker Reckitt Benckiser slowed more sharply than expected
in the third quarter, hit by sluggish Western economies and
cooling emerging markets.

The maker of Mucinex cold remedies, Durex condoms and Dettol
cleaners said on Tuesday it now expected full-year revenue
growth at the low end of its 4 to 5 percent target range,
although profit margins were still forecast to rise.

Oct 17, 2014

Exclusive: Lavazza and Strauss vie for French coffee brands – sources

LONDON (Reuters) – Italy’s Lavazza and Israel’s Strauss Group (STRS.TA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have hired advisers to submit rival bids for two French coffee brands which may come on the market early next year, several sources familiar with the matter said.

The L’Or and Grand Mere brands are expected to be put up for sale to ease a planned merger of Mondelez International’s (MDLZ.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) coffee business with D.E Master Blenders 1753.

Oct 17, 2014

Lavazza and Strauss vie for French coffee brands – sources

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Italy’s Lavazza and Israel’s
Strauss Group have hired advisers to submit rival bids
for two French coffee brands which may come on the market early
next year, several sources familiar with the matter said.

The L’Or and Grand Mere brands are expected to be put up for
sale to ease a planned merger of Mondelez International’s
coffee business with D.E Master Blenders 1753.

Oct 16, 2014

Diageo, Remy Cointreau forecast improvement this year

LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Alcoholic drink makers Diageo
and Remy Cointreau forecast improving sales
this year, as they navigate past problems in China and other
Asian countries that have been hitting them hard.

A Chinese government crackdown on extravagant spending has
slammed sales of Remy Martin cognac and Diageo’s ShuiJingFang, a
brand of the Chinese spirit baiju. At the same time, customers
in other Asian countries have been reducing inventory levels,
hurting the drinks companies more broadly.

Oct 15, 2014

Diageo sees water as biggest climate issue

LONDON (Reuters) – The management of water resources is the biggest climate-related issue facing makers of alcoholic drinks, a senior executive at Diageo told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.

“For us, water is key in terms of what can affect us from a climate change perspective,” David Cutter, Diageo’s president of global supply and procurement said at the summit on Wednesday, held at the Reuters office in London.