Pirate Life joins AB InBev Portfolio

Microbrewery is second Australian acquisition in 2017. Two months since AB InBev purchased Australian brewery 4 Pines, the world's largest brewer has bought a second Australian brewery, Pirate Life. Founded in 2015, South Australia's Pirate Life made a name for itself very quickly in Australian craft brewing with what President of AB InBev’s Asia Pacific South Zone Jan Craps called a "lifestyle-driven brand". Expansion of the brewery's portfolio into sour and barrel-aged beer is cited as a...
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Change at the top of AB InBev USA

Head of North American division to be replaced as sales figures plummet. Brazilian Joao Castro Neves is to leave his position as the head of AB InBev North America. He will be replaced on 1st January 2018 by fellow Brazilian Michel Doukeris in a reminder that, for the brewer of all-American brands like Budweiser, the US is just another territory of a global operation whose power is wielded primarily from Brazil and Belgium. The move follows a rapid decline in the fortunes of the Budweiser ...
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Molson Coors acquires Trou du Diable

Quebec brewer now part of "Six Pints" craft division. Canadian brewery and brewpub Trou du Diable has been purchased outright by multinational Molson Coors. The move sees the brand join other high profile Canadian brands, including Grenville Island and Creemore Springs, in Molson Coors's Six Pints Specialty Beer Company portfolio. Trou du Diable was founded in 2011 and specialises in barrel-aged and farmhouse-style beers. Two years later it expanded to a 50hL brewhouse and boasts Canada's ...
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Heineken buys Italian microbrewery

Deal includes Italian-themed bar in Copenhagen Birrificio Hibu, established in Milan in 2007 but now based north of the city in Burago di Molgora, was purchased last week by a subsidiary of Dutch giant Heineken. A report on the acquisition appeared on the BRAUWELT International news site, among other sources. Company founder Raimondo Cetani is quoted as saying that the new arrangement will allow the brewery to grow while continuing its business as usual. As well as the production brewery, ...
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AB InBev Craft Buying Spree Reaches Australia

Sydney's 4 Pines Brewing is the latest acquisition ZX Ventures, the disruption arm of AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, has purchased 100% of 4 Pines Brewing Company, a microbrewery and brewpub in the Sydney suburb of Manly. A video on the 4 Pines website currently describes it as "Australia's leading independently owned beer company". Owner and co-founder Jaron Mitchell stated that negotiations with AB InBev had been going on for over a year and cited the access to ingredient resource...
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AB InBev joins forces with Efes in Russia and Ukraine

New joint venture seeks to counteract falling sales in $100bn market Ever since the 2008 takeover of Scottish & Newcastle by Carlsberg and Heineken, the Russian beer market has been dominated by Carlsberg, who acquired the Baltika beer brand in the deal. Turkish brewer Anadolu Efes is a distant second place, controlling just 16% of the market. AB InBev's local subsidiary sits slightly behind on 14%. SABMiller owned a 24% stake in Efes which passed to AB InBev following their takeover of t...
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Letter to Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev, from EBCU Chairman

Dear Mr Brito, I am writing as the Chairman of the European Beer Consumers’ Union (EBCU) which speaks for the national beer consumer groups of Europe and as such monitors the activities of your company from the consumer perspective. We focus on matters affecting the European Beer drinker, such as reducing tax burdens for beer drinkers by keeping the cost of a pint affordable, and issues involving the reduction of diversity and the negative affect this has on consumer choice. Since ABI a...
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ZX Ventures – AB InBev’s black arts group speaks

by Tim Webb, EBCU Executive. As part of its new role in dominating the global beer business, AB InBev has set up a “disruptor” company called ZX Ventures.  Global brewer meets The X Files sort of thing. It is headed up by a man called Pedro Earp, whose official title really is Chief Disruptive Officer.  He has been speaking to camera recently, as has his sidekick Alex Nelson but only in short bursts. Earp has spoken similar words to Beer Business Daily, an on-line publication that is go...
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Younger drinkers turning away from beer – Goldman Sachs

Financial experts downgrade value predictions for Boston Beer Co. and Constellation Investment consultants Goldman Sachs are predicting a fall in the value of shares in America's largest craft brewer Boston Beer Company, as well as Constellation Brands, owner of Corona and San Diego's Ballast Point. Analysis of the drinks market shows that younger drinkers in particular are drinking less, and turning more towards wine and spirits when they do drink. An inverse correlation between alcohol cons...
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Troubled London Fields Brewery Acquired by Carlsberg

Revamped company to be run as joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery. Following on from the announcement in May of its interest in purchasing a UK craft brewery, Carlsberg today revealed that it had bought Hackney-based London Fields Brewery. London Fields was perhaps better known for its short but colourful past than its beers. Its founder, Julian de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson, started the business in 2011 upon his release from prison having served a 12 year sentence for cocaine smuggling and w...
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