Beer: Picture this

It’s all about the branding for craft beers trying to get noticed in a crowded marketplace. Shay Waterworth gets under the skin of funky designs

Halewood and Tsingtao part company

Halewood Wines & Spirits and Tsingtao Brewery have agreed mutually not to renew their longstanding distribution agreement.

Budweiser and Beam come together

AB InBev and Beam Suntory have announced a marketing collaboration between their Budweiser and Jim Beam brands.

Carlsberg Export sales up +9%

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.

Japanese beer No.1 choice in South Korea

Japanese beer has topped import sales in South Korea for 2016 according to data published by The Korea Herald.

US editor says no to sexism in beer industry

John Holl, editor of All About Beer magazine in the US, has voiced his concerns about sexist beer labels and the ‘lack of gender equality’ in the beer industry.

Sapporo sues Japan government over tax rates

Sapporo Breweries in Japan has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government seeking a tax return for the amount paid on its Goku Zero beer.

Cathay Pacific launches 'altitude friendly' beer

Cathay Pacific airline has developed an in-flight craft beer specifically designed to be consumed at 35,000 feet.

Meantime launches new can range

The Meantime Brewing Company in London has launched a can range of its three best selling beers.

Kellerbier beer hits UK On-trade market

Krombacher has launched Kellerbier in the UK On-trade market in response to the demand for ‘naturally cloudy’ beer.

Asahi UK launches Peroni Ambra

Asahi UK has expanded Peroni’s range with the introduction of Peroni Ambra, which combines a bitter and fragrant flavour inspired by the Italian aperitivo.

Black Sheep's Velo returns for Tour de France

UK-based Black Sheep Brewery has announced the return of its Velo pale ale for the Tour de France.

Joseph Holt serves up Westminster

Members of the UK Parliament gathered to celebrate the sale of Joseph Holt’s golden ale Two Hoots in the Palace of Westminster.

Cellar Trends takes charge at Chang

Cellar Trends has announced the takeover of Chang beer’s sales, distribution, and marketing from mid-April.

Adnams brew record-breaking profits

British brewer Adnams has announced a record-breaking 2016 having sold more than 100,000 barrels for the first time in its 140-year history.

Drinking Danishly

So, Danish brewer is spending £15m on revitalising its flagship Carlsberg Export brand (see news story) and at the core of activity is emphasising the company’s Danish origins.

Carlsberg UK announces £15m marketing spend

The British arm of the Danish brewer has announced a £15m marketing spend designed to revitalise its flagship brand, Carlsberg Export.

Asahi completes purchase of Miller brands UK

Asahi Group Holdings has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Miller Brands UK and the formation of Asahi UK.

Budweiser goes to Tomorrowland

AB InBev UK, the UK trading subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, has announced a three-year, global partnership between its Budweiser brand and Tomorrowland, one of the largest international electronic music festivals in the world.

Draught Heineken at 30,000 feet

Heineken, in partnership with Dutch airline KLM, has pioneered in-flight draught beer.

Stella serves up Wimbledon

The Stella Artois brand has unveiled its trade plans for promoting its sponsorship of the Wimbledon tennis, including limited edition packaging.

Pilsner Urquell extends its partnership with Draft House

Pilsner Urquell has extended its partnership with Draft House, as the demand for Tank Beer has soared.

Chang Beer marks 21st anniversary with new packaging

Chang Beer is marking its 21st anniversary by introducing an updated packaging with a green and gold design across the world. 

Meantime Brewers announces launch of new ale

Meantime Brewers has announced the launch of its second of four collaborations with Mitchells & Butlers. 

SABMiller results

SABMiller has reported 2% growth in latest trading update for the 12 months ended March 31, 2016.

Asahi buys Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime from A-B Inbev

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced that it has accepted the binding offer from Asahi Group Holdings to buy certain of SABMiller plc’s European premium brands and their related businesses, excluding certain US rights.

A-B Inbev’s full year results disappoint

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reported revenue growth of 6.3% for the full year 2015 with total volumes down 0.6%.

Heineken takes over Red Stripe in the UK

Heineken takes control of Red Stripe in the UK from January 1.

Meantime links its beer with Brompton bikes

Meantime, the craft brewer, has linked with the iconic folding bicycle maker, Brompton, to launch a new limited edition lager.

AB InBev/SABMiller: what it means

The combination of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and SABMiller Plc would sell one out of every three beers brewed worldwide, and reap about half of the beer industry’s profits, according to Bloomberg News.

AB InBev agrees SABMiller buy out

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached agreement in principle to buy SABMiller for £68bn, the completion of which would make the new company the producer of one in three beers sold globally.

SABMiller meets investors

SABMiller, the global brewer which is the subject of a takeover bid from Anheuser-Busch InBev, is meeting its investors today (October 9).

AB InBev reacts to SABMiller bid rejection

Anheuser-Busch InBev has expressed surprise at SABMiller rejection of its bid to take over the company.

AB InBev lines up banks for SABMiller takeover

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is lining up banks including Bank of America Corp. and Banco Santander SA to arrange as much as US$70 billion in financing as it prepares to make a takeover proposal for SABMiller Plc, according to reports from Bloomberg News.

EABL reports profit surge

East African Breweries Ltd., the region’s largest brewer, said full-year profit surged 39% as revenue climbed on improved sales of its premium beers and spirits, reports Felix Njini of Bloomberg News.

SABMiller confirms Domenic De Lorenzo as CFO

SABMiller’s board has announced that it intends to appoint Domenic De Lorenzo as an executive director and as chief financial officer with effect from the conclusion of the forthcoming annual general meeting, to be held on July 23.

New global advertising for Peroni

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the world’s leading premium Italian beer, has announced the launch of its new global advertising campaign, Vita al Mare (Life by the Sea).

Sparkling wine, spirits and beer drive UK market growth

The UK alcohol market has returned to growth following years of continuous decline, according to the latest WSTA market report. 

SABMiller buys craft brewer Meantime

SABMiller has bought the London-based craft brewer, Meantime. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Carlsberg and Brooklyn strengthen collaboration in Norway

Carlsberg has announced a new collaboration between Carlsberg Group company, Ringnes, in Norway, and the Brooklyn Brewery of New York.

Alcohol price increases have slowed

The WSTA says new research shows that price increases in the off trade have slowed since the Government scrapped the alcohol duty escalator, cut beer duty and froze duty on spirits in 2014.

Adnams reports £66m sales and £3.8m operating profit

The Suffolk brewer and distiller and retailer has reported sales of £66 million and a £3.8m operating profit, in its report and accounts for the 12 months to December 31, 2014.

SABMiller opens Ghana brewery extension

Accra Brewery, the Ghanaian subsidiary of SABMiller, will officially open its new facilities today (February 27) which have been upgraded as part of a $100m brewery expansion project at its existing site Accra.

Carlsberg backs Arsenal

Carlsberg UK has announced a new three-year deal with Arsenal Football Club to supply its beer and beverage brands including Carlsberg and Somersby Cider at the Premier League club’s Emirates Stadium.

Carlsberg backs Arsenal

Carlsberg UK has announced a new three-year deal with Arsenal Football Club to supply its beer and beverage brands at the Emirates Stadium.

A-B InBev reports third quarter and nine months 2014 results

Anheuser-Busch InBev has just reported its results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2014.

Scottish craft brewers in North America mission

A delegation of Scottish craft brewers has arrived in North America on a learning journey led by Scottish Development International (SDI).

SABMiller disposes of Tsogo Sun

SABMiller plc announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, SABSA Holdings Limited, has now disposed of its entire shareholding in Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited (Tsogo Sun).

Diageo unveils Pan African Guinness campaign

Diageo has unveiled a new Pan African campaign, #madeofblack, via a five hour take over on MTV Base.

UK drinks can market exceeds 4.8bn

The Can Makers, the industry trade body representing the UK drinks can manufacturers have announced a record 4.835 billion can deliveries were made in the first half of 2014.