Japanese beer has topped import sales in South Korea for 2016 according to data published by The Korea Herald.

John Holl, editor of All About Beer magazine in the US, has voiced his concerns about sexist beer labels and the ‘lack of gender equality’ in the beer industry.

Sapporo Breweries in Japan has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government seeking a tax return for the amount paid on its Goku Zero beer.

Cathay Pacific airline has developed an in-flight craft beer specifically designed to be consumed at 35,000 feet.

The Meantime Brewing Company in London has launched a can range of its three best selling beers.

Krombacher has launched Kellerbier in the UK On-trade market in response to the demand for ‘naturally cloudy’ beer.

Asahi UK has expanded Peroni’s range with the introduction of Peroni Ambra, which combines a bitter and fragrant flavour inspired by the Italian aperitivo.

UK-based Black Sheep Brewery has announced the return of its Velo pale ale for the Tour de France.

Members of the UK Parliament gathered to celebrate the sale of Joseph Holt’s golden ale Two Hoots in the Palace of Westminster.

Cellar Trends has announced the takeover of Chang beer’s sales, distribution, and marketing from mid-April.

British brewer Adnams has announced a record-breaking 2016 having sold more than 100,000 barrels for the first time in its 140-year history.

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So, Danish brewer is spending £15m on revitalising its flagship Carlsberg Export brand (see news story) and at the core of activity is emphasising the company’s Danish origins.

The British arm of the Danish brewer has announced a £15m marketing spend designed to revitalise its flagship brand, Carlsberg Export.

Asahi Group Holdings has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Miller Brands UK and the formation of Asahi UK.

AB InBev UK, the UK trading subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, has announced a three-year, global partnership between its Budweiser brand and Tomorrowland, one of the largest international electronic music festivals in the world.

Heineken, in partnership with Dutch airline KLM, has pioneered in-flight draught beer.

The Stella Artois brand has unveiled its trade plans for promoting its sponsorship of the Wimbledon tennis, including limited edition packaging.

Pilsner Urquell has extended its partnership with Draft House, as the demand for Tank Beer has soared.

Chang Beer is marking its 21st anniversary by introducing an updated packaging with a green and gold design across the world. 

Meantime Brewers has announced the launch of its second of four collaborations with Mitchells & Butlers. 

SABMiller results

21 April, 2016

SABMiller has reported 2% growth in latest trading update for the 12 months ended March 31, 2016.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced that it has accepted the binding offer from Asahi Group Holdings to buy certain of SABMiller plc’s European premium brands and their related businesses, excluding certain US rights.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reported revenue growth of 6.3% for the full year 2015 with total volumes down 0.6%.

Heineken takes control of Red Stripe in the UK from January 1.

Meantime, the craft brewer, has linked with the iconic folding bicycle maker, Brompton, to launch a new limited edition lager.

The combination of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and SABMiller Plc would sell one out of every three beers brewed worldwide, and reap about half of the beer industry’s profits, according to Bloomberg News.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached agreement in principle to buy SABMiller for £68bn, the completion of which would make the new company the producer of one in three beers sold globally.

SABMiller meets investors

09 October, 2015

SABMiller, the global brewer which is the subject of a takeover bid from Anheuser-Busch InBev, is meeting its investors today (October 9).

Anheuser-Busch InBev has expressed surprise at SABMiller rejection of its bid to take over the company.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is lining up banks including Bank of America Corp. and Banco Santander SA to arrange as much as US$70 billion in financing as it prepares to make a takeover proposal for SABMiller Plc, according to reports from Bloomberg News.

East African Breweries Ltd., the region’s largest brewer, said full-year profit surged 39% as revenue climbed on improved sales of its premium beers and spirits, reports Felix Njini of Bloomberg News.

SABMiller’s board has announced that it intends to appoint Domenic De Lorenzo as an executive director and as chief financial officer with effect from the conclusion of the forthcoming annual general meeting, to be held on July 23.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the world’s leading premium Italian beer, has announced the launch of its new global advertising campaign, Vita al Mare (Life by the Sea).

The UK alcohol market has returned to growth following years of continuous decline, according to the latest WSTA market report. 

SABMiller has bought the London-based craft brewer, Meantime. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Carlsberg has announced a new collaboration between Carlsberg Group company, Ringnes, in Norway, and the Brooklyn Brewery of New York.

The WSTA says new research shows that price increases in the off trade have slowed since the Government scrapped the alcohol duty escalator, cut beer duty and froze duty on spirits in 2014.

The Suffolk brewer and distiller and retailer has reported sales of £66 million and a £3.8m operating profit, in its report and accounts for the 12 months to December 31, 2014.

Accra Brewery, the Ghanaian subsidiary of SABMiller, will officially open its new facilities today (February 27) which have been upgraded as part of a $100m brewery expansion project at its existing site Accra.

Carlsberg backs Arsenal

03 December, 2014

Carlsberg UK has announced a new three-year deal with Arsenal Football Club to supply its beer and beverage brands including Carlsberg and Somersby Cider at the Premier League club’s Emirates Stadium.

Carlsberg backs Arsenal

03 December, 2014

Carlsberg UK has announced a new three-year deal with Arsenal Football Club to supply its beer and beverage brands at the Emirates Stadium.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has just reported its results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2014.

A delegation of Scottish craft brewers has arrived in North America on a learning journey led by Scottish Development International (SDI).

SABMiller plc announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, SABSA Holdings Limited, has now disposed of its entire shareholding in Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited (Tsogo Sun).

Diageo has unveiled a new Pan African campaign, #madeofblack, via a five hour take over on MTV Base.

The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing the UK drinks can manufacturers have announced a record 4.835 billion can deliveries were made in the first half of 2014.

SABMiller plc has announced that Jan du Plessis is to join the SABMiller board as an independent non-executive director from September 1.

Brintex, organisers of the London Wine Fair, has hailed the reinvented, relocated trade show a success.

Wallaces–TCB (Tennant Caledonian Breweries), formed after the completion of the acquisition of Wallaces Express, Scotland’s largest wines and spirits wholesaler, by C&C Group, has announced the following senior management appointments, reporting to chief executive, Brian Calder.

SABMiller, one of the world’s largest beers, has reported group revenue up 1% to US$34 million and profits before tax $4.8m, up 3% for the year ending March 31.

Mahou San Miguel (MSM), Spain's leading brewer, has established its first international subsidiary in India through the acquisition of 100% of Arian Breweries & Distilleries. 

Diageo has announced that the Guinness brand is to become an ‘official partner of Aintree’ for the UK’s famous horse race, the Grand National.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK’s chief finance minister, has frozen the controversial so-called alcohol duty accelerator on spirits and standard cider.

New figures show pubs in Britain are becoming increasingly reliant on wine and spirit sales, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

AB InBev is launching a new rum flavoured premium beer brand in the UK.

Heineken UK has unveiled a raft of new products and some fresh initiatives to tempt people back into pubs and hopefully drink Heineken drinks.

Budweiser, the American beer brand, has unveiled its ‘Rise As One’ global advertising campaign for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

South African brewer, SABMiller has announced the death of chairman Graham Mackay.

SABMiller has announced that in light of a deterioration in the health of chairman Graham Mackay the board has re-appointed deputy chairman John Manser as acting chairman.

Use pubs or lose them

01 October, 2013

CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), is calling on British people to use pubs otherwise they will close. It claims 26 pubs close every week in Britain.

Cool drinks brands

30 September, 2013

There are no alcoholic drinks brands in CoolBrands top 20 ‘A-Listers’ of 2013.

The Tate launches gin and beer

26 September, 2013

Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London’s famous art galleries, have introduced its own gin and limited edition beers.

Study BrewDog

26 September, 2013

BrewDog, which claims to be Scotland’s largest independent brewery, has launched a beer school at its Newcastle bar.

Round the world brewing

17 September, 2013

Meantime Brewing has collaborated with five of the world’s best craft breweries to offer a work experience with a difference. 

SABMiller’s Ugandan subsidiary, Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), has opened its new brewery in Mbarara, western Uganda.

A new book highlighting 300 of the world’s best beers is being launched at the Great British Beer Festival today.

SABMiller plc and Kopparberg Brewery AB have announced that they have entered into a cooperation agreement for the long term licensing of Kopparberg cider products in selected markets.

SABMiller is to launch a second cassava beer in Africa. Eagle will launch in Ghana and it will be brewed by SABMiller’s local subsidiary, Accra Brewery.

SABMiller is to invest US$40 million in a new 260,000 hectolitre brewery in Namibia as part of its strategy to expand its operations across Africa.

Reports from the US say that Anheuser-Busch, the biggest brewer in the US and part of A-B InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is being sued for watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.

Diageo Ireland has said the delivery of ten new giant brewing vessels “underscores” its commitment to the future of brewing at its Dublin brewery - St James’s Gate.

China Resources Snow Breweries - a joint venture between SAB Miller and China Resources Enterprise - is to buy Kingway Brewery’s brewing facilities for a total cash consideration of RMB 5.38bn (US$864m).

Molson Coors UK & Ireland has bought the Franciscan Well craft beer brand and micro-brewery in Cork City, Ireland.

Bartender Kim Daniel Bergersen of Norway prevailed from a field of 11 finalists at Pilsner Urquell’s International Master Bartender (IMB) competition.

Heineken has strenghtened its position in Asia with the US$4.3bn deal to buy Fraser & Neave’s interest in Asia Pacific Breweries (APB).

Carlsberg has announced that sales advances in Russia and Asia offset difficulties in Europe during H1 of 2012.

US craft beer grew by double digits during H1 of 2012 despite the malaise of the US beer market, says the Brewers Association.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has launched two lower-alcohol bottled beers to target daytime drinkers this summer.

Asian beer

30 July, 2012

Asian beer hopes to reverse the trend of beverages tending to head east. Hamish Smith reports on efforts to break out of the box

French actor Gérard Depardieu’s beer is heading to the UK.

Meantime Brewing Company is to open “London’s biggest new brewery since 1936”. The new facility is to quadruple Meantime’s beer production capacity to 100,000 hectolitres and will host a visitor’s centre and shop.

Belgian beer company Duvel Moortgat has announced the launch of a marketing campaign that will see the back labels of its Vedett beer bottles given over to its consumers’ artwork and blogs.

The UK's Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer has touched down in Australia in the first stage of a planned global roll out.

Norwegian beverage company Mack has redesigned and extended its Arctic Beer series.

Carlsberg UK chief executive Isaac Sheps is leaving to take over leadership of the brewer’s Russian business, Baltika, and its eastern European operations.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to extend its official beer sponsorship to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. 

Budweiser has revamped its cans in the UK, with a red 'bowtie' sitting behind the Budweiser logo on the new-look version.

Drinks International is pleased to announce that beer group ABInbev has joined Prosecco brand Follador as sponsors of this year's Travel Retail Awards.

Africa: Heineken has purchased two breweries in Ethiopia for a total of US$163 million. 

StarBev has announced ‘significant investments’ in its Staropramen brand, as it eyes international expansion.

Kirin buys Schincariol

02 August, 2011

Japanese brewer Kirin has bought the outstanding shares in Aleadri-Schinni Participações e Representações S.A. (“Aleadri”), a company that holds 50.45% of the outstanding shares of Schincariol Participações e Representações SA (Brazil; CEO: Adriano Schincariol: “Schincariol”).

Czech lager brand Pilsner Urquell poured an estimated 90,000 litres of beer during the 2011 Open Championship in Kent, UK.

Diageo has appointed a head of its Western Europe division. From September 1, John Kennedy is to become chief operating officer, Diageo Western Europe. Kennedy is currently managing director, Diageo Ireland.

Belgiun beer Duvel Green has been renamed Duvel Single Fermentation, in a bid to ease consumer understanding.

AB InBev’s buoyant Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets have offset negative growth in North America and Europe, to spur overall revenue growth.

SA: Spirits duty rises by 10%

25 February, 2011

The South African government has increased excise duty on spirits by 10% and wine by 8%.

India gets Belgian beer

08 February, 2011

Belgian beers Duvel and Liefmans have been launched in India.

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We’re stepping back in time to Britner’s Beers this month and it’s down the rocky road of beer and food matching we go. It seems just about every brewer – or brewery marketing dept – has had a bash at beer and food matching. Some attempts have been very successful and others have left diners with a nasty taste in their mouths......

Czech beer Budvar bucked a 12% decline in Czech beer exports in 2010 to record growth of 4%.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has backed the UK Government’s planned reduction of duty on low-alcohol beer.

East African Breweries Limited (EABL), a subsidiary of Diageo, has completed the acquisition of 51% of the issued share capital of Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL). EABL made the purchase from existing shareholders for a total consideration of approximately US$60.4million.

Brooklyn Brewery, New York’s craft beer company, has launched Brooklyn Lager and East India Pale Ale in India.

Carlton & United Breweries and Asahi Breweries have extended a long-term exclusive licence for Carlton to sell and market Asahi Super Dry in Australia.

Dutch beer Grolsch has announced a partnership with British Airways and has opened a bar in one of the airline’s lounges in Terminal 5.

Foster’s Group plans to create separate stock exchange listings for its beer and wine divisions.

Denmark: Carlsberg has launched Vintage 3 – the third in an exclusive beer trilogy.

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