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.

SABMiller appoints non-executive director/chairman designate

SABMiller plc has announced that Jan du Plessis is to join the SABMiller board as an independent non-executive director from September 1.

London Wine Fair hailed a success

Brintex, organisers of the London Wine Fair, has hailed the reinvented, relocated trade show a success.

Wallaces-TCB announces management team

Wallaces–TCB (Tennant Caledonian Breweries), formed after the completion of the acquisition of Wallaces Express, Scotland’s largest wines and spirits wholesaler, by C&C Group, has announced the following senior management appointments, reporting to chief executive, Brian Calder.

SABMiller full year results

SABMiller, one of the world’s largest beers, has reported group revenue up 1% to US$34 million and profits before tax $4.8m, up 3% for the year ending March 31.

Mahou San Miguel takes 100% of Arian

Mahou San Miguel (MSM), Spain's leading brewer, has established its first international subsidiary in India through the acquisition of 100% of Arian Breweries & Distilleries. 

Guinness to sponsor the Grand National

Diageo has announced that the Guinness brand is to become an ‘official partner of Aintree’ for the UK’s famous horse race, the Grand National.

UK chancellor freezes alcohol duty accelerator

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK’s chief finance minister, has frozen the controversial so-called alcohol duty accelerator on spirits and standard cider.

WSTA steps up campaign to end alcohol duty escalator

New figures show pubs in Britain are becoming increasingly reliant on wine and spirit sales, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

AB InBev launches rum flavoured beer

AB InBev is launching a new rum flavoured premium beer brand in the UK.

Heineken unveils initiative for UK on-trade

Heineken UK has unveiled a raft of new products and some fresh initiatives to tempt people back into pubs and hopefully drink Heineken drinks.

Budweiser unveils its World Cup campaign

Budweiser, the American beer brand, has unveiled its ‘Rise As One’ global advertising campaign for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

SABMiller chairman Graham Mackay dies

South African brewer, SABMiller has announced the death of chairman Graham Mackay.

SABMiller re-appoints Manser as acting chairman

SABMiller has announced that in light of a deterioration in the health of chairman Graham Mackay the board has re-appointed deputy chairman John Manser as acting chairman.

Use pubs or lose them

CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), is calling on British people to use pubs otherwise they will close. It claims 26 pubs close every week in Britain.

Cool drinks brands

There are no alcoholic drinks brands in CoolBrands top 20 ‘A-Listers’ of 2013.

The Tate launches gin and beer

Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London’s famous art galleries, have introduced its own gin and limited edition beers.

Study BrewDog

BrewDog, which claims to be Scotland’s largest independent brewery, has launched a beer school at its Newcastle bar.

Round the world brewing

Meantime Brewing has collaborated with five of the world’s best craft breweries to offer a work experience with a difference. 

SABMiller opens new Ugandan brewery

SABMiller’s Ugandan subsidiary, Nile Breweries Limited (NBL), has opened its new brewery in Mbarara, western Uganda.

300 More Beers to Try Before you Die!

A new book highlighting 300 of the world’s best beers is being launched at the Great British Beer Festival today.

SABMiller signs agreement with Kopparberg

SABMiller plc and Kopparberg Brewery AB have announced that they have entered into a cooperation agreement for the long term licensing of Kopparberg cider products in selected markets.

Africa: SABMiller launches second cassava beer

SABMiller is to launch a second cassava beer in Africa. Eagle will launch in Ghana and it will be brewed by SABMiller’s local subsidiary, Accra Brewery.

SAB to open $40m brewery in Namibia

SABMiller is to invest US$40 million in a new 260,000 hectolitre brewery in Namibia as part of its strategy to expand its operations across Africa.

Anheuser-Busch accused of watering down beer

Reports from the US say that Anheuser-Busch, the biggest brewer in the US and part of A-B InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is being sued for watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.

Ireland: Diageo brewery expansion begins

Diageo Ireland has said the delivery of ten new giant brewing vessels “underscores” its commitment to the future of brewing at its Dublin brewery - St James’s Gate.

China: SAB Miller to buy breweries

China Resources Snow Breweries - a joint venture between SAB Miller and China Resources Enterprise - is to buy Kingway Brewery’s brewing facilities for a total cash consideration of RMB 5.38bn (US$864m).

Molson Coors buys Irish craft brewery

Molson Coors UK & Ireland has bought the Franciscan Well craft beer brand and micro-brewery in Cork City, Ireland.

Bergersen becomes Pilsner Urquell’s International Master Bartender

Bartender Kim Daniel Bergersen of Norway prevailed from a field of 11 finalists at Pilsner Urquell’s International Master Bartender (IMB) competition.

Heineken agrees Asia Pacific Breweries deal

Heineken has strenghtened its position in Asia with the US$4.3bn deal to buy Fraser & Neave’s interest in Asia Pacific Breweries (APB).