Magners cider has launched a new ‘Seize the Summer’ campaign alongside Easyjet holidays targeting the UK market.

Diageo and Aer Rianta International (ARI) have together announced the launch of the Guinness Export House in Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport.

Sparetap.co has been launched in the UK to enable London restaurants to stock beer from independent breweries without using wholesalers.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has doubled the size of its UK sales team to continue its market dominance in the beer sector.

Heineken has launched a new ‘0.0’ range of non-alcoholic lager with fewer than 70 calories per 33cl bottle.

A new beer will launch in June to specifically accompany the UK national dish, fish and chips.

UK supermarket chain ASDA will add more than 100 craft beers to its shelves nationwide on top of the 40 new beers already stocked in 2017.

Heineken has appointed former Lagunitas Brewing executive chairman, Tony Magee, as its global craft director shortly after buying out his brand.

Revenue of AB InBEV has grown by 3.7% with global revenue per hl increasing by 4.5% in the first quarter of 2017 according to it’s latest financial report.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is planning to continue its market invasion of Africa with the launch of Budweiser in South Africa before the end of 2017.

Imported beer sales in South Korea have boomed due to a change in social behavior and a rise in single households.

Brooklyn Brewery has paired up with Carlsberg UK for the distribution of its new Scorcher IPA across the UK on-trade market.

The Tate Modern art gallery in London and Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo have joined with Magic Rock brewers to create Sakura Pale Ale.

UK supermarket chains have embraced the craft beer market by increasing the range of individual breweries and lowering the varieties of big brands.

Molson Coors-owned Carling has re-launched Carling Premier, its premium lager which will be available across both the on and off-trade markets in the UK.

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.

Anheuser-Busch InBev will export African beer brands with ‘huge potential’ to its global market.

Innis & Gunn founder Dougal Sharp believes that crowdfunding has made Scottish craft beer brands the most internationally recognised.

Jack Daniel’s, from Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, has launched a cider for the UK on and off-trade markets.

English cask ale Doom Bar will be an official sponsor for the British & Irish Lions rugby tour to New Zealand this summer.

Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch believes that government greenlighting of overseas brewing conglomerates could be the ‘beginning of the end’ for craft beer in the US.

BrewDog valued at £1bn

10 April, 2017

Craft beer company BrewDog has been valued at £1bn after TSG Consumer Partners spent £213m on shares in the brand.

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

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

Magners has launched its new Dark Fruit cider made from blackcurrant and blackberry which will go on sale in Scotland from April.

Craft breweries in America produced 24.6 million barrels in 2016, a 6% improvement than the previous year.

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

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

International craft beer giant BrewDog has defended its threats of legal action against a bar for using the word ‘punk’ in its title.

Swedish cider producer Kopparberg has announced the launch of Raspberry Light in the UK.

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.

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.

Adnams is putting a limited edition brew to celebrate chairman Jonathan Adnams’ 60th birthday up for auction today. 

Camden Town Brewery has announced its launch in the US.

Umbrella Brewing has announced the opening of its new brewery, headed by cocktail-expert and master brewer Matthew Armitage.

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

Scottish Brewer Innis & Gunn has reached its £1 million target in its equity crowd-funding campaign, Adventure Capital, in three days.

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

Meantime Brewing Company has unveiled the latest beers within its Pilot Series.

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.

House of Beer, a France subsidiary of Carlsberg, has announced a deal to supply Nohoval Drinks’ Finnbarra Dry Irish Craft Cider to France.

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

A strong performance from Corona in Mexico failed to counter macroeconomic challenges in Brazil, as ABInbev’s volume sales dropped 1.4% in Q1.

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.

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