Europe’s independent brewers form trade group

Europe’s independent brewers form trade group
New body to represent craft brewing interests of nine countries The independent craft brewing associations of nine European countries have announced successful discussions towards the formation of a new body, the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE), whose aim is to work together to promote and advance the mutual interests of their members with the European institutions and media. Bodies fro...
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Craft brewery buy-out strategy pays off

Craft brewery buy-out strategy pays off
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AB InBev beats Sierra Nevada and Boston Beer in US microbrew sector  Financial website The Motley Fool reported this week that AB InBev is now America's biggest craft brewer. The veracity of this statement depends, of course, on one's definition of "craft". The Brewers Association, for example, sets a generous production limit for a brewery's beers to be considered craft, one which AB InBev far...
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AB InBev increases ecommerce activity

AB InBev increases ecommerce activity
Australian acquisition follows similar purchases in Colombia and UK ZX Ventures, the disruption arm of AB InBev, has bought Australian drinks retailer BoozeBud for an undisclosed sum. An announcement today on the website of Australian subsidiary Carlton & United Breweries emphasised the improvement in customer experience which is the driving force behind the move: a push to make online beer...
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Kirin acquires FourPure

Kirin acquires FourPure
Bermondsey microbrewery is the second London brewer to sell to a multinational in recent weeks. Japanese drinks giant Kirin, via its Australian subsidiary Lion, has purchased outright the south London microbrewer FourPure for an undisclosed sum. This follows the minority investment of Heineken in fellow London craft brewer Beavertown, announced last month. While this is Lion's first UK acquisiti...
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Heineken takes minority stake in Beavertown

Heineken takes minority stake in Beavertown
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£40m investment will fund tenfold expansion and new visitor experience. In a blog post on the Beavertown website today, the north London brewery's founder Logan Plant announced new investment by Heineken in his company. The possible deal had been subject to much rumour and speculation in recent weeks. The arrangement is described as "arm's length", and Plant stresses that Beavertown's essent...
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Farmers accuse AB InBev of reneging on grain price deal

Farmers accuse AB InBev of reneging on grain price deal
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Formal complaint lodged with South African Competition Commission Reuters has reported that Grain SA, the South African grain farmers' lobby group, has filed a complaint with the local competition regulator against AB InBev over the price paid for the 2018 grain harvest. AB InBev acquired South Africa's largest brewer SABMiller in 2016. The deal was approved by the South African authorities on ...
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Pernod Ricard enters craft beer market with Irish purchase

Pernod Ricard enters craft beer market with Irish purchase
Move follows success of beer-aged whiskey project French multinational Pernod Ricard has announced its acquisition of Irish brewery Eight Degrees. This is the company's first foray into the beer market anywhere in the world. Pernod Ricard has long been a major operative in the drinks industry in Ireland, owning leading whiskey brands including Jameson, Midleton and Redbreast through the Iris...
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Carlsberg suffers under “premiumisation”

Carlsberg suffers under “premiumisation”
2018 sales figures down for mainstream brands Danish beer giant Carlsberg released its sales figures for Q1 of 2018 this week, showing a 5% drop in beer sales globally. While much of this is accounted for by poor performance in the Russian market where the company is heavily invested, it is noteworthy how the result varies across Carlsberg's brands in Western Europe. The flagship Carlsberg "Gre...
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ZX Ventures acquires UK spirits distributor

ZX Ventures acquires UK spirits distributor
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Portfolio includes online whisky shop Master of Malt While acquisition of European beer assets may have slowed down, AB InBev's disruption division ZX Ventures is still making purchases. The latest is Atom Brands, a group of companies involved in spirits sales and distribution. In particular, Atom specialises in the "craft" end of the spirits market, and its labels include The Handmade Cocktail...
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57th Delegate Meeting

57th Delegate Meeting
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Delegate Meeting in Brussels. all member countries gathered and talked about beer consumer’s rights. Today's guest speakers are  Simon Spillane, director Public Affairs Brewers of Europe and  Thomas Paul Maier, counselor Agricultural Affairs, Swiss Mission to the EU. Keep an eye on our website, many more news from that meeting.
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