A new sector for 2011 won by old BMAC favourite Diageo, overall winner in 2008. The world’s biggest spirits group, whose brands include Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Tanqueray, kept full-year profits steady at £2.6bn despite the troubled markets. Bullish CEO Paul Walsh wants annual growth of over 5% between now and 2014. Second place SABMiller is also in expansionist mode, buying Foster’s for $10bn. Revenues for 2011 were up 8% to $19.4bn and profits up a hefty 24% to $3.6bn. An $80bn mega-merger between it and third-placed InBev, brewer of Stella Artois and Becks, is rumoured. Robinsons, Tango and Fruit Shoot soft drink giant Britvic makes fifth after a tough year of input price rises and squeezed market share.
BMAC 2011 by sector: Beverages
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