Molson Coors buys majority of Pivovar Pernštejn

Molson Coors buys majority of Pivovar Pernštejn
Historic Czech porter brewer to remain separate company under parental supervision The Czech arm of Molson Coors, Staropramen, has purchased an 89% stake in Pivovar Pernštejn, a brewery in the town of Pardubice, to the east of Prague. It is best known for its Pardubický Porter, a dark bottom-fermented beer brewed since 1891 and highly prized by Czech beer enthusiasts. Prague-based Star...
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The German Beer Consumers now have a voice

The German Beer Consumers now have a voice
It is no secret in the beer business anymore:  On the 29th of March was the „Vereinigung der deutschen Bierkonsumenten (German Beer Consumers Union - GBCU)“ founded in the famous beer town Bamberg. Many brewers and institutions already have joined the new community which is already part of the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU). But the Focus of the Germany Beer Consumers Union will ...
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Heineken buys stake in Oedipus

Heineken buys stake in Oedipus
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Amsterdam microbrewery the latest in a line of recent partial acquisitions. Beer drinkers of the Netherlands can't help but notice the use Heineken has made of its stakes in formerly independent breweries. Heineken properties and joint ventures like Lagunitas and Beavertown have become more commonplace on bars where craft beer is part of the offer. The Dutch giant has now turned its eye...
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EU fines AB InBev €200m for antitrust breach

EU fines AB InBev €200m for antitrust breach
Brewer admits infringing competition rules. The European Commission has fined AB InBev €200m for abusing its dominant market position in Belgium. The investigation began in June 2016 when it was discovered that the company had changed the text on Jupiler beer sold in the Netherlands and France, where it's sold relatively cheaply, to Dutch or French alone. This restricted the extent to ...
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Magic Rock is latest UK brewery to sell out

Magic Rock is latest UK brewery to sell out
Japanese multinational Kirin acquires Yorkshire micro via Australian subsidiary Independent British breweries continue to attract attention from acquisitive foreign brewers, and Magic Rock of Huddersfield is the latest target. Kirin's subsidiary Lion announced today that they have acquired 100% of the brewery for an undisclosed sum. Less than a year ago, Kirin purchased London brewery Four...
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AB InBev rebrands in UK and Ireland

AB InBev rebrands in UK and Ireland
"Budweiser Brewing Group UK & I" is the new name for AB InBev in the UK and Ireland. This subsidiary of the world's largest brewing company, headquartered in Leuven, owns two large industrial breweries in Great Britain where it brews Budweiser, Stella Artois, Boddington's and other subsidiary brands. It also owns the Camden Town Brewery in north London, and a Goose Island brewpub in the e...
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Swinkels Family Brewers buys De Molen

Swinkels Family Brewers buys De Molen
Brewers of Bavaria lager had previously owned 35% of Dutch microbrewery Brouwerij De Molen of Bodegraven in Zuid Holland announced today that it has passed complete ownership of the company to Swinkels Family Brewers, the Dutch giant formerly known as Bavaria. Swinkels had owned 35% of the company since 2015, an announcement De Molen made in 2016. In the statement, De Molen said the move was...
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Fuller’s to sell brewing operations to Asahi

Fuller’s to sell brewing operations to Asahi
Japanese multinational acquires its second London brewery, for £250m. London brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner announced today that it was preparing to sell its production and wholesaling operations, including the Griffin Brewery, to Asahi. The company will retain its pub estate and will establish a "strategic alliance" with Asahi to ensure that pubs remain stocked with Fuller's beers. Included...
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Spanish microbrewery La Cibeles part acquired by Heineken

Spanish microbrewery La Cibeles part acquired by Heineken
Madrid brewery sells 51% to Dutch multinational Heineken's Spanish operation has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Madrid's La Cibeles craft brewery. This marks the latest in a long history of Heineken buying roughly half of formerly independent brewing companies, going back to Paulaner in 2002 (since reduced to 30%), Lagunitas in 2015 (since increased to 100%), Brixton in 2017 a...
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Heineken increases grip on Polish beer market

Heineken increases grip on Polish beer market
Regional Browar Namysłów purchased for €117m Heineken's Polish operation, Grupa Żywiec, has moved to increase its share of Browar Namysłów, a brewery headquartered in western Poland, near Wrocław. The Dutch multinational already controlled 60% of the company but is now spending zl500m to take total ownership. Namysłów brands Braniewo and Zamkowe will now take their place alongside Żywiec, Warka...
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