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    Suntory Time for Beam?

    Just saw this story on the local news. What say ye?

    http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/S...l?device=phone

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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    Hate to see another American company go over seas, but that's business.

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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    Well if the deal goes through that will mean Beam, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace will all be either wholly or partly owned by Japanese companies. With Wild Turkey owned by the Italians the only majors still in American hands are Brown-Forman and Heaven Hill.
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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    It's on Bloomberg as well. Interesting to see how they handle Beam. Leave it alone or insert their own mgmt team.

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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    Of course Japanese ownership has been great for 4R.

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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    New York Times reports that the management team will remain. Of course, that's preliminary since the deal wont go through until the summer.

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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Well if the deal goes through that will mean Beam, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace will all be either wholly or partly owned by Japanese companies. With Wild Turkey owned by the Italians the only majors still in American hands are Brown-Forman and Heaven Hill.
    I hope they leave it alone. I've been really excited about what Beam has been doing for the last few years.
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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    With the 25% premium paid I guess they don't see the bourbon industry growth trend slowing down anytime soon.

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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Well if the deal goes through that will mean Beam, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace will all be either wholly or partly owned by Japanese companies. With Wild Turkey owned by the Italians the only majors still in American hands are Brown-Forman and Heaven Hill.
    I didn't realize Sazerac (BT)was partially owned by Japan. Whats the scoop with that?

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    Re: Suntory Time for Beam?

    At this level of change of control, I doubt the palate of Beam bourbon will be altered. It will be similar to Wild Turkey's recent ownership changes., i.e., the product is left alone largely.

    Gary

 

 

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