SABMiller Americas’ Adami to retire
Norman Adami, president
and chief executive officer at SABMiller
Americas, will retire from the company at the end of November, and plans to return to South Africa. “Norman
was able to make a unique contribution to SABMiller as president and CEO,
SABMiller Americas due to his experience and knowledge of the U.S. and
global beer markets,” the company said
in a statement.
Adami will not be
replaced as head of SABMiller Americas, as the company indicated the
announcement coincides with the successful transition of the Miller
management team, and the nearly complete integration of its Latin American
businesses. Tom Long, president and chief executive officer of Miller
Brewing Co., and Barry Smith, president of SABMiller Latin America, will
report directly to SABMiller Chief Executive Officer Graham Mackay.
Clearly Canadian taps INOV8 for new line
Clearly Canadian Beverage Co., Vancouver,
British Columbia, has teamed with INOV8 Beverage Co., Rye, N.Y., to develop
a new line of beverages under the Clearly Canadian trademark. INOV8 is led
by industry veterans Michael Weinstein, former chief executive officer of
Snapple, and Brian O’Byrne, former chief executive of
“Mike and Brian have been responsible for a
tremendous increase in the value of every beverage company in which they
have been involved,” said Brent Lokash, chief executive officer at
Clearly Canadian, in a statement. “…Our relationship with Mike,
Brian and INOV8 is a major triumph for us and exponentially increases the
growth potential of the Clearly Canadian brand.”
Bacardi makes Scotch investment
Bacardi Ltd., Hamilton,
Bermuda, is investing more than $250 million dollars in its Scotch whisky
production, which it says is due to demand for Dewar’s Scotch
whiskies. “Demand for Dewar’s premium whiskies has grown
significantly, especially in Asia and other emerging markets where the
brands were launched only in the past three years,” said Andreas
Gembler, president and chief executive of Bacardi Ltd., in a statement.
The company plans to build new product supply
facilities in Scotland, including comprehensive redevelopment of an
existing site in Glasgow, where it will construct new maturation warehouses
and a new blend center, as well as install new bottling lines and packing
In addition, the company says it will purchase a
100-acre tract of land in central Scotland to be developed as a second
maturation and blending facility.
The expansion is expected to be completed during the
next 10 years.
Boston Beer Co. buys Pennsylvania brewery
Boston Beer Co. will
purchase a brewery in Breinigsville, Pa., from Diageo North America for $55
million. The purchase is expected to take place in late spring 2008, when
Boston Beer says it will discontinue its previous plan of building a new
brewery in Freetown, Mass.
The company estimates the Pennsylvania brewery, which
is located 60 miles outside Philadelphia, initially will increase Boston
Beer's brewing capacity by 1.6 million barrels of beer annually, with the
potential for expansion to more than 2 million barrels. The company brewed
some of its beer in the facility under contract between 1994 and 2001. It
anticipates the brewery will require substantial investment and renovation,
and says a complete evaluation will be necessary to determine the total
cost of renovation and upgrade. If the purchase is completed, the company
expects to begin brewing Samuel Adams beers in the third or fourth quarter
"This agreement is a great opportunity to
revitalize a classic brewery and restore its capability to brew our craft
beers, which are increasingly in demand among beer drinkers
nationwide," said Martin Roper, president and chief executive offier
at Boston Beer.
Diageo and Boston Beer have agreed to a production
services agreement that will provide for continuing production of Diageo
products if requested after the sale is final.
New Sun Nutrition becomes FRS
New Sun Nutrition Inc., Santa Barbara, Calif., has changed its
name to the FRS Co. to align with its FRS product line. “Our decision
to change the corporate name comes at a time of exciting and fast-paced
growth for the company and will help reinforce the FRS brand in the
consumer marketplace,” said Maigread Eichten, president and chief
executive officer, in a statement.
The company also announced last month that its FRS
energy drink products will be carried in 7-Eleven store on the West Coast.
Aquafina to identify source on label
PepsiCo announced last
month that it would begin labeling bottles of Aquafina bottled water with
the words “Public Water Source.” The source of water for
Aquafina and other purified water brands is well known in the beverage
industry, but made headlines around the country in the mainstream press.
Pepsi posts information on Aquafina’s Web site explaining the
“HydRO-7” purification process as well as the differences
between purified and spring water. According to a Reuters report, Coca-Cola
plans to include similar information about Dasani on its Web site by early
IBWA defends water industry
The International Bottled Water Association has launched a media
campaign to counteract criticism of the bottled water industry fueled by
environmental concerns. The association says it has provided facts about
bottled water to “virtually every major U.S. media outlet and in
local markets nationwide,” regarding environmental stewardship, use
of resources, support of recycling, bottled water regulation and safety,
and the role of bottled water as a consumer beverage of choice. The move
included full-page advertisements in The New
York Times and The
San Francisco Chronicle.
"Some groups seek to pit bottled water against
public drinking water systems," said IBWA President and Chief
Executive Officer Joseph Doss in a statement. "But bottled water is
all about beverage choice, available to consumers in all walks of life who
choose, or rely upon, bottled water for refreshment and hydration. Any
actions that discourage the use of this healthy beverage choice are not in
the public interest. When it comes to bottled water or tap water, most
people drink both, depending on the circumstances."
He added, "If the debate is about the impact of
plastic packaging on the environment, a narrow focus on bottled water
spotlights only a small portion of the packaged beverage category and an
even smaller sliver of the universe of packaged products. Any efforts to
reduce the resources necessary to produce and distribute packaged goods
— and increase recycling rates — must focus on all packaging.
Any other approach misses a real opportunity to arrive at a comprehensive
solution to protecting and sustaining the
Billions of dollars spent on outdoor advertising in
2006, according to TNS Media Intelligence, and reported by USA Today. The 9 percent
increase compares with a 4 percent increase in overall ad spending last
Percent per year the demand for beverage containers in
China is expected to rise, according to the Freedonia Group, an industrial
research firm based in Cleveland. By 2010, demand is anticipated to exceed
181 billion units, and packaged beverage production is expected to approach
108 billion liters.
Percent of U.S. food products that are private label,
representing the largest market share for store brands among consumer
Years since Diet Coke made its debut in the U.S.
market. As it celebrates its quarter-century anniversary, the brand is the
leading diet soft drink brand, and Coca-Cola says its launch is viewed as
one of the most successful in beverage history.
Percent probability of a merger between Anheuser-Busch
and Belgium’s InBev during the next two years, according to Citigroup
analysts. The company held a conference call earlier this month, during
which it said the move is likely, as it would re-establish A-B’s
global leadership position.
Billions of dollars the global organic food and
beverage industry is predicted to be worth by 2009, according to a report
by Global Industry Analysts Inc. That represents a compound annual growth
rate of 17 percent between 1999 and 2009.