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Allied Domecq, the spirits group, has accepted a £7.4bn takeover bid from Pernod Ricard, with some of Allied's brands being acquired by Fortune Brands of the US.
Allied Domecq is investing £3.5m at its Scapa and Glendronach whisky distilleries, in order to benefit from rising demand for single malts.
Allied Domecq has bought the Malibu rum brand from Diageo for £560m, and has also acquired Mumm Cuvee Napa, the US sparkling wine company, for £27m.
Allied Domecq and Miller Brewing are to invest £17m each in a new joint venture to launch vodka-and-tequila-flavoured drinks in the US.
Allied Domecq is to set up a new division for its wine assets in January, and the business may be spun off as a separate company later.
Allied Domecq is to acquire Bodegas y Bebidas, the Spanish wine producer, for £174m.
Allied Domecq is to acquire Kuemmerling, the German distiller that produces spirits and bitters, for £128m.
Allied Domecq is to acquire Montana, the New Zealand winemaker, for £300m, as Lion Nathan of Australia has withdrawn from the takeover battle.
Allied Domecq is to buy two Argentine wine producers - Bodegas y Vinedos Graffigna and Vinedos y Bodegas Sainte Sylvie - for about £30m.
Allied Domecq has announced a £282m takeover bid for Montana Group, the New Zealand winemaker, as part of a strategy to develop its premium wine and spirits brands.
Allied Domecq is to acquire two leading champagne houses - Perrier Jouet and GH Mumm - for £348m, and has also confirmed that it will not bid for Seagram's wine and spirits business.
Allied Domecq is looking to acquire new vodka and white rum brands and also aims to expand its business in developing markets such as Asia.
Allied Domecq is to sell its John Bull international pub franchise business to Charles Wells, the Bedford family brewer, for under £10m.
Allied Domecq has sold Cantrell & Cochrane, the Irish drinks distribution business, to BC Partners for £519m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.
Allied Domecq has won approval to build a £3m hotel at Blackpool Airport, creating 70 jobs.
Allied Domecq is set to acquire Bismarck, the German schnapps producer, for up to £15m.
Whitbread and Allied Domecq are in discussions to merge their off-licence chains - Thresher and Victoria Wine - into a 50:50 joint venture in response to the growing power of supermarkets.
Allied Domecq is planning a £150m investment in its pub estate, including 50 new Big Steak pubs alongside Wacky Warehouses and 50 Firkin pubs, creating over 2,000 jobs.
Morland, the brewer, has acquired 16 pubs from Whitbread for £3.4m and 24 American-style bar diners from Allied Domecq for £32m.
Bass is acquiring Allied Domecq's 50% stake in Carlsberg-Tetley for £200m, and Carlsberg is putting its 50% stake, as well as £20m, into Bass Brewers in exchange for a 20% stake in the enlarged subsidiary.
Allied Domecq plans to open 200 theme pubs this year in a £150m investment that will create 7,500 jobs.
Allied Domecq is to sell Chacalli de Decker, the duty-free operation based in Antwerp, to Seabourne World Express.