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MillerCoors Pulls Plug on Lime-Flavored Beer

MillerCoors LLC is putting the freeze on Miller Chill. The lime-flavored beer, which was once locked in a high-profile battle with Bud Light Lime, will be discontinued next year as the Chicago-based brewer focuses on other priorities, including the upcoming launches of higher-alcohol Miller Fortune and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. (Crain's Chicago Business)

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Pan-European Bottlers Merge

Refresco and Gerber Emig have completed their merger following approval of the European Competition Commission on October 4, 2013. The European Competition Commission’s green light to merge is conditional upon divestment of the production and bottling plant in Waibstadt, Germany.

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Small Vodka Bottles Could Vanish in Russia

Russia is considering measures to hike the price of small bottles of vodka, which experts believe could lead to them disappearing from shelves in Russian stores, a Russian newspaper reported. (The Moscow News)

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Asian Wine Drinkers Offer Hope for Vintners

China’s drinking habits are bringing cheer to the world’s winemakers – as evidenced by the big turnout at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair. One thousand exhibitors from over 40 countries were there, eager to tap into China’s rapidly growing wine market. By 2016 the country is set to be the largest wine consumer in the world. (Euronews)

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McD's Looking to Clean Up in the Coffee Aisle

When CEO Don Thompson speaks during McDonald's investor meeting this week, he's likely to talk about coffee -- and not just what it's serving in restaurants. Shareholders are waiting to hear details about the fast feeder's foray into grocery stores. (Ad Age)

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