Beverage World presents the latest news from across the worldwide beverage market.

U.S. Fights AB InBev With Tested Game Plan

The Justice Department in 2011 sank would-be deals involving H&R Block Inc. and AT&T Inc., after years with little merger litigation. Now the department is fighting Anheuser-Busch InBev NV's acquisition proposal with a game plan developed in the earlier cases, casting the Budweiser brewer as a dominant player that wants to eliminate a scrappy rival and its disruptive pricing. (WSJ)


Source: Bud Beer Brawl Headed to Court

A well-placed source, who correctly predicted in early January that regulators were going to sue to block the $19 billion Anheuser-Busch InBev buyout of Grupo Modelo, believes A-B will not be able to settle the suit and that it will head to trial — likely this summer. (NY Post)


Russia Mulls Resumption of Georgian Wine Imports

A Russian official said Monday that Moscow may soon resume imports of Georgian wine, mineral water and fruit after a seven-year ban, the first tentative step toward repairing the ruptured ties between the two ex-Soviet neighbors. (Associated Press/Us News)


Sprite Challenging Thums Up For Indian Market

This year could well see a change in the pecking order of carbonated soft drinks in the Indian market. The Indian market for fizzy drinks has so far been dominated by Thums Up, a brand that Coca-Cola bought from Parle several years ago. (Hindu Business Line)