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Coca-Cola Amatil: Spurns Fosters, goes alone on alcopops

Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (ASX: CCL) today announced that it has decided not to buy Foster’s Australian spirit and spirit RTD (ready-to-drink) business, and is instead progressing the development of the company’s own Australian spirits and RTD brand portfolio.

As part of the agreement to sell its interest in Pacific Beverages to SABMiller plc (LON: SAB), CCA has the right to acquire each of three Foster’s businesses including the Foster’s Australian spirit and spirit RTD business, the Australian non-alcoholic beverages business and the Fiji Breweries and distillery in Fiji and Samoa.

CCA is currently conducting due diligence on the other two businesses (Australian non-alcoholic beverages and Fiji Breweries and distillery in Fiji and Samoa), and any decision to purchase either of these businesses is expected to be made shortly.

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CCA indicated that it was prepared to pay up to $200m to purchase all three businesses. By deciding not to purchase the spirits and spirit RTD business from Foster’s, CCA will receive $34m from SABMiller, as well as saving itself more than $100m.

Should CCA decide to proceed with the purchase of the other two businesses, it expects to outlay between $50-$70m.

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