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Drinks giant announced plans to cut costs by £200m as Chinese sales decline

Drinks can maker Rexam focuses on Brazil ahead of World Cup and Olympics

Rexam, the drinks can maker for Coca Cola, Pepsi and Red Bull, fixed its sights firmly on Brazil today ahead of the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Costs force Carlsberg to backtrack on targets

Carlsberg, the world’s fourth-largest brewer, today scrapped its medium-term profit margin targets, blaming unpredictable raw material and energy costs and increased investment in its supply chain.

Editorial: Witnesses are not on trial

Our adversarial system has long been known to deter victims from coming forward

Violinist found dead after testifying against her abuser

Victim’s family blame traumatic trial for suicide as choirmaster and his wife are found guilty of assaults. Cahal Milmo reports

Czech brewer wins latest round in battle of the Budweisers

One is an all-American lager, known for its blockbusting advertising; the other, a Czech brew that while perhaps not as famous, is more of a favourite with beer aficionados. Today it emerged that British drinkers will continue to be able to choose between the two rather different Budweisers, after the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, lost its latest attempt to take control of the trademark.

Diageo calls time on Jose Cuervo talks

Drinks giant Diageo has called time on its bid to buy Mexico's Jose Cuervo tequila brand, ending year-long talks.

Rare hiccup for Diageo as it fails to swallow Jose Cuervo

Drinks giant Diageo has proved its acquisition strategy is not invincible by calling time on its bid to buy Mexico’s Jose Cuervo tequila brand, bringing to an end year-long talks.

Spotlight On... Alistair Darby; Chief executive, Mitchells & Butlers

I think I've seen this bloke down my local...

James Moore: African lessons in governance for brewer

Outlook It's a rare thing for Africa to be seen as a highlight of a company's results. The continent has long been synonymous with words like "conflict" and "basket case".

The Old Truman Brewery will be a natural choice for a party to mark the symbolic return, and the new beer could be poured as early as next March

Truman Ale pours again: Britain's new brewery is 300 years old

Drinkers with a care for history and a London landmark will wait with open mouths next year for the triumphant return of a beer that helped shape their city.

Soft drinks firms Britvic and AG Barr in £1.4bn merger

Drinks brands Robinsons squash and Irn-Bru are to be poured into the same company after their makers unveiled a £1.4 billion merger deal today.

Delayed shipment hits Diageo growth

Diageo, the world's biggest spirits group, said a postponed duty-free shipment and a weak South Korean market hampered quarterly trading.

'Big society' makes it into Brewer's Dictionary

Big society, Chipping Norton set, app and tablet are just some of the phrases to make it into the latest edition of the Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

Burton claim third round spot with victory over Leicester

Leicester City 2 Burton Albion 4

Diageo shrugs off slowdown

People across the globe are drinking their way through recessions and financial crises, results from the world's largest spirits producer suggest.

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