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Point Roberts, WA - February 5, 2013 (www.investorideas.com newswire, www.beveragestocks.com) Investorideas.com staff: Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in sector research for independent investors reports on wine and beverage stocks trading for February 5th, 2013.

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Diageo PLC (NASDAQ:DEO) trading at $117.65 dropped by $0.59 or 0.50% on a volume of 218,007 shares.

Today Diageo began using power from 100 percent renewable sources at its North American headquarters on Main Avenue, which will help the company reduce their carbon emissions in Norwalk by more than 92 percent.

Diageo's Norwalk office joins three of the company's other sites, including Plainfield, IL, Relay, MD and Tullahoma, TN in using 100 percent renewable electricity. In addition, 50 percent of all the electricity Diageo uses globally now comes from low-carbon sources.

In addition to converting to renewable energy sources in its offices, the company is using other approaches, including the generation of renewable energy at its production sites using by-products; purchasing carbon offsets for its fleet of commercial vehicles; and significant improvements in energy efficiency across all of its operations. Diageo North America has also made good progress on reducing water usage and waste to landfill, especially across its significant manufacturing network.

Constellation Brands Inc., (NASDAQ:STZ) trading at $30.79 gained lowered by $0.76 or 2.41% on a volume of 4,943,743 shares, while Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A. Sponsor (NASDAQ:BUD) trading at $87.91 gained $0.24 or 0.27% on a volume of 1,988,122 shares.

Both companies stocks have been directly related to the current proposed bid from Anheuser-Busch InBev to acquire full ownership of Modelo Group.

The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit to block the merger of two giant beer companies, saying the deal would limit competition and lead to higher prices for American consumers. But legal experts and industry analysts say Anheuser-Busch InBev will eventually be successful in its bid to acquire all of Modelo Group, the Mexican brewer of Corona and other beers.

AB InBev first announced plans in June to buy the remaining shares of Modelo that it didn't already own for about $20 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Modelo would sell its 50% stake in a joint venture it had with Constellation Brands (STZ); the joint venture being Crown which distributes Modelo beers in the United States.

The goal was to avoid antitrust issues by giving Constellation complete control of Crown. But the move did not satisfy the Justice Department, which called it "a façade of competition between AB InBev and its importer."

Shares of AB InBev have recovered somewhat after dropping when the lawsuit was announced, but many investors seem to believe that Constellation has the most to lose.

While AB InBev has pledged to fight the case, many analysts expect it to make some concessions in order to win regulatory approval.

Andrew Peller Limited (TSX:ADW-A) trading at $10.51 gained $0.02 or 0.19% on a light volume of 3,062 shares.

Molson Coors Brewing Company (NASDAQ:TAP) trading at $44.67 moved up $0.53 or 1.20% on a volume of 1,297,890 shares.

Molson Coors is one of the major competitors to AB Inbev (BuD) and the two companies often use the Super Bowl as a venue to compete. This year, however, Molson did not air a special commercial but instead tried to reach out to Super Bowl viewers with mobile ads on various football apps. The idea being that since so many people have smartphones now, they may be more plugged into their phones than the television and it would be a cost-effective way of getting the company's name out there.

The company is on an upswing currently, so the earnings report may give it a boost in the short term. The news that their UK and Ireland division will be getting into the craft beer market will also help the company stake out a place in a growing sector, something which AB hasn't jumped on fully. Given Molson's relatively flat year, it seems like a risk worth taking to jumpstart the company, especially after seeing a drop in their IBD composite to 81, a full ten points behind Boston and AB.

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