China. San Miguel registers HK$16.9-m loss in Hong Kong operation

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San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong, a unit of conglomerate San Miguel Corp., registered a consolidated net loss of HK$16.9 million in 2015, a turnaround from a profit of HK$37 million in 2014, on lower volume due to the non-renewal of distribution agreements with Anheuser-Busch. (more…)

India. Tamil Nadu bars in all Tasmac outlets closed

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In a tug of over renewal of bar licence, the arm twisting resorted to by Coimbatore District Bar Owners Association with the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac) officials resulted in the authorities closing and sealing all the 196 bars in Coimbatore district since February 4. (more…)

Vietnam. In January 2016 Sabeco produced 4 times more beer than Habeco

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam released a report on the state of industrial production of beer, wine and soft drinks. According to the information received, in January 2016, the company Habeco produced 35.1 million litres of beer, while Sabeco – 138.5 million litres. (more…)

Will This Little-Remembered Clause Keep A-B InBev From Owning Popular Chinese Brewer CR Snow?

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Anheuser-Busch InBev may get a chilly reception from Chinese regulators if it moves ahead in keeping the CR Snow beer brand in its portfolio. Image source: China Resources.

Chinese brewer CR Snow may be among the most valuable assets in SABMiller’s portfolio of brands, so it’s understandable that Anheuser-Busch InBev — which is planning to acquire SABMiller – would be reluctant to sell it despite conventional wisdom suggesting it will have to do so if it wants to get regulatory approval from China for the deal. But the brewer may be forced to sell the brand thanks to an apparently forgotten provision of a document it signed back in 2008 when InBev bought Anheuser-Busch. (more…)

Publicis agency wins Heineken India account

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Publicis has won the Heineken India business after a three-way agency pitch. The account was earlier with Wieden + Kennedy.

Publicis will handle the account of their Bangalore office. The brand will retain its ‘One World. One Heineken’ ideology. (more…)

Russia. “There is a revolution in the beer market “, – the director of a brewery from St. Petersburg said.

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“The situation on the Russian beer market is in a steep nose dive” – said Nikolai Mitchin, co-owner and founding member of Vasileostrovskaya brewery in an interview with “RosBiznessKonsalting”. During the last two years, in the country ten breweries have closed down, two of which belonged to Baltika, the leader of the domestic beer industry.

Vasileostrovsky brewery is experiencing the reverse situation. (more…)