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Interview: Annette Alvarez-Peters Of Costco

Beverage alcohol accounted for $3.1 billion of Costco’s sales total of $102.9 billion in its fiscal 2013 (September 2012-August 2013), with all three sectors showing healthy growth. Wine is leading the charge at 50% of beverage alcohol sales, with spirits taking 30% and beer 20%. SND recently caught up with Annette Alvarez-Peters, Costco’s assistant general merchandise manager for beverage alcohol, to get an update on trends at the retail giant. Continue reading →

Posted in News on September 29, 2014

Treasury CEO Cites Debt, Regulatory Issues As Barriers To Deal

Following Treasury Wine Estates’ announcement yesterday that it had ended takeover talks with KKR and another suitor thought to be TPG Capital, Treasury CEO Michael Clarke noted on a conference call that, in addition to shareholder dismay at the A$5.20 ($4.54) a share price on offer, debt and regulatory issues impeded an agreement between the parties. Continue reading →

Posted in News on September 29, 2014

News Briefs for September 29, 2014

•Anheuser-Busch InBev has made a number of moves across its global leadership team, including the appointment of a new president overseeing North America, effective next January 15. Continue reading →

Posted in News on September 29, 2014

Treasury Ends Acquisition Discussions After Shareholder Feedback

The board of Treasury Wine Estates says it has ended discussions toward a possible acquisition of the business, owing to feedback from shareholders asserting that the matching A$5.20 bids lodged by KKR and TPG Capital this summer undervalued the company. Continue reading →

Posted in News on September 29, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates Said To Receive Formal Offers From KKR, TPG

Two private equity firms launched formal bids for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) earlier today, according to Australian press reports. Continue reading →

Posted in News on September 26, 2014

Flavored Spirits Offerings Adapt As Consumer Tastes Evolve

Confectionary offerings drove the flavored spirits category to new heights in recent years, but the latest crop of flavor expression is showing its maturity with more complex tastes and broader appeal. Continue reading →

Posted in News on September 26, 2014

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