Anheuser-Busch InBev has decided not to proceed with the announced public offering of a minority stake in its Asia Pacific subsidiary, Budweiser Brewing Company APAC, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange due to a lack of demand.

Purity Brewing Company has passed the Soil Association organic certification process allowing it to brew organic beers.

Glasgow’s Drygate Brewing has undergone a branding redesign and reshuffled its core range to become “more coherent” with consumers.

Isle of Skye Brewing Company has purchased Black Wolf Brewery and their beer brands from VC2 Brands for an undisclosed fee.

Dutch brewing giant Amstel continued its campaign to bring people together by building a pub in London made entirely of garden fences.

Vasari Beverages has completed a US$100m capital raise to fund a set of growth opportunities including the expansion of its Ethiopia brewery and the pursuit of new acquisitions and greenfield developments across Africa and Asia. 

Magners Irish Cider has introduced Magners Rosé for the UK summer to follow the increased demand for pink gin and rosé wine.

KBE Drinks, which is best known for representing and developing the brand of India’s Kingfisher, has added a range of world beers to its portfolio.

Dutch brewery Amstel has partnered with Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges in a new TV commercial to encourage sociable drinking.

The craft beer boom in the UK has plateaued with just 8 new breweries opening in 2018 compared to the 390 added the year before.

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.

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