Two New York breweries have apologized and swiftly discontinued a “highly inappropriate” collaboration beer named after a Hindu deity.

In America, the beer category has lost volume to wine and spirit in recent years. There are several reasons for this.

AB InBev has become the UK’s number one brewer by volume sales since the start of 2020.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced plans to branch out into offering dedicated beer qualifications for the first time.

British beer sales have plummeted to a 20-year low after pubs and bars across the country were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

AB Inbev has turned to gamification in a bid to whip up a passion for beer among younger generations of drinkers.

Carlsberg UK will merge with Marston’s to form a British brewing giant worth around £780 million.

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Almost 20% of bars polled for the Brands Report said Heineken was their number one bestseller.

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22 August, 2018

It’s all about the branding for craft beers trying to get noticed in a crowded marketplace. Shay Waterworth gets under the skin of funky designs

Halewood Wines & Spirits and Tsingtao Brewery have agreed mutually not to renew their longstanding distribution agreement.

AB InBev and Beam Suntory have announced a marketing collaboration between their Budweiser and Jim Beam brands.

A year on from the launch Carlsberg UK says its Export premium lager is up +9% in retail sales and +49% up (in retail value) in its platinum and gold outlets.

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.

on 30 November, 2016

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.

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