Saltaire Brewery in West Yorkshire, England has opened its doors to support other breweries with a range of new services including contract brewing and packaging into cask, keg and bottles.

Carlsberg UK has unveiled a new Carlsberg Pilsner as its entry level, standard lager.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV chairman Olivier Goudet is stepping down from the world’s largest brewer to focus on his roles as managing partner and chief executive officer at JAB Holding Co.

Heineken 0.0 is now available on Blade in the UK, the Dutch brewing company’s draft beer system for the on-trade.

The world’s largest brewing company, AB InBev, has recorded revenue growth of 4.8% for FY18 and a 0.3% increase in volumes.

Brooklyn Brewery’s Defender IPA (abv 5.5%) will be available in UK for the first time from the end of March.

Tennent Caledonian Breweries has appointed Kenny Gray as managing director Scotland, taking charge of all on-trade, national and convenience business.

Brewdog appoints new CEO

06 February, 2019

Scottish brewing company Brewdog has appointed Andy Shaw as CEO Beer to look after the global sales and marketing of beer.

More than 400 new breweries opened in the UK in 2017, almost 100 fewer than in the previous year according to the brewers Association.

Australia’s largest hop grower, Hop Products Australia (HPA), has planted the first 50ha at its new farm in Victoria’s Buffalo River Valley.

Asahi Europe has agreed to acquire the entire beer, cider, soft drinks and distribution business of Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC for £250m on a debt free, cash free basis.

UK brewery, St Peter's, has appointed Rob Breakwell as head of sales to "significantly grow its on-trade sales”.

Big Drop Brewing Co has received a £500k investment via seed funding from private investors which will see its international distribution increase.

Curious Brewery, owned by UK winemaker Chapel Down, has appointed Matthew Anderson as head of brewing & production.

Estrella Damm’s partnership with The Luna Cinema has contributed to the increased UK sales of the Catalan beer brand according to Alison Cole, UK consumer brand manager.

British brewery, St Peter's, has appointed John Hadingham, formerly of Aspall Cyder, as its new managing director.

Scottish brewing company Brewdog has come under criticism following its latest marketing campaign across the UK which sees its flagship Punk IPA compared against other brands.

New research into the UK’s brewing industry suggests the recent acquisitions of small craft breweries by multinationals – such as Heineken’s £40M minority stake in Beavertown – could become an industry wide trend.

Brewdog’s latest financial results show a total revenue of £78m, up 55% versus this time last year while its on trade revenue is up 92%, generating £10m so far in 2018. 

Saltaire Brewery has joined forces with exporter Sovereign Beverage Company to build its worldwide sales.

English brewer North Brewing Co has secured £96,000 worth of export orders from Chinese customers after exhibiting at China’s biggest trade show for the food and hospitality industry, Food & Hotel China (FHC).

Badger Beer has released The Wicked Wyvern, a West Coast-style IPA following the brand’s successful rebrand of its entire core range.

Chaple Down winery's Curious Brewery has released its Apple Cider expression in can form across the UK through Majestic Wine outlets.

Heineken has witnessed a successful summer through the sales of its mini kegs in the off trade according to Toby Lancaster, category and shopper marketing director for Heineken UK.

Heineken NV is buying a $3.1bn stake in China’s top beer maker - the country’s biggest brewery deal - as it seeks to unseat rival Anheuser-Busch InBev in a fiercely competitive market.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro has announced that the brand will undergo a rebrand in the UK, including a new logo, bottle design and glassware.

Growth for small and independent US craft brewers remained stable for the first half of 2018, according to new mid-year figures released by the Brewers Association.

AB InBev has revealed it will be launching a new gluten-free variant of Stella Artois throughout the UK off trade from August.

Upset Hindus are urging Lazio-based Pontino Brewery (Birrificio Pontino) to apologise and withdraw its “Sons of Shiva” beer; calling it highly inappropriate.

Cider Supply Co has made an agreement with Craft Republic to distribute its French cider brand Galipette Cidre across mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan).

Australian-based beer company Lion, has acquired 100% of London’s Fourpure Brewing Co for an undisclosed figure.

AB InBev now sources three quarters of its barley for UK-brewed Budweiser – the UK’s second biggest beer brand behind Stella Artois - from British farms thanks to its “Bud Farmers” innovative.

London-based beer brand Beavertown Brewery, has sold a minor stake in its business to Heineken for £40m.

Badger Beer, one of the oldest UK ale producers, has rebranded its core range reducing it from 12 down to six in response to the craft beer movement.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer is ramping up its spending on marketing initiatives ahead of the soccer World Cup this summer, as strong demand in Europe, Mexico and China buoyed earnings in the first quarter.

AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, has reported revenue growth of 4.7% in FYQ1, while total volumes declined by 0.2%.

Scottish beer brand, Tennent’s Lager, has launched a new can design to hit shelves in May, inspired by the appearance of a pint of lager.

Steve Magnall, CEO at St Peter's Brewery, has called for support from alcohol awareness groups to stop new alcohol-free labelling plans, which could see drinks containing 0.5% abv labelled as zero alcohol.

Camden Town Brewery has launched its 2018 advertising campaign ‘Hello Hells’ throughout the UK, its biggest marketing investment to date.

Heineken UK has unveiled The Greenpaper – a new initiative which aims to boost the on-trade by more than £1bn over the next three years.

London-based brewery, The Five Points Brewing Company, has surpassed its crowdfunding target of £750,000 a week early.

Brook House Hops has become the first British hop grower to sell direct to brewers through an online retail channel.

Organic beer is not just a marketing tool to gain bigger premiums, but a branch of the craft beer movement with integrity, according to UK-based Stroud Brewery.

SIBA chairman resigns

11 April, 2018

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has today announced that Buster Grant has resigned as chairman of the society with immediate effect to dedicate more time to his personal business activities.

New Zealand cider brand, Old Mout has released its first alcohol-free cider for the first time, in response to the growing demand for low alcohol beverages.

Tennent’s Lager is launching Tennent’s Lager Care, a quality-focused programme for the on-trade market which aims to educate customers and staff on beer management.

American craft beer sales grew by 8% in 2017, but the number of breweries that closed nationwide jumped by nearly 70%.

Heineken 0.0, has gained a listing on-board Ryanair, one of Europe’s largest airline companies.

Internationally renowned chef, Joan Roca insists that beer pairings have a significant future in the culinary business due to its “versatility”.

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.

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