SABMiller says a minimum price for alcohol will hit low-income, responsible drinkers

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The introduction of a minimum price for alcohol will unfairly hit responsible drinkers in low-income families, while doing nothing to change the drinking habits of problem drinkers, SABMiller plc, one of the world’s leading brewers, said today (Wednesday 28 November 2012) in response to the launch of the consultation on the UK Government’s alcohol strategy. (more…)

Criticism of S.Korean beer

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South Korean beer makers are furious over an Economist magazine article saying their beers are inferior in taste to those of North Korea. (more…)

UK. Minimum price plan to cut drinking

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Ministers have unveiled plans for minimum alcohol prices in England and Wales, which could spell the end for cheap high-strength beer and cider as well as a ban on multi-buy offers in supermarkets and off-licences. (more…)

Craft brewing reawakens in Japan

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On a recent night at H Street’s Toki Underground, the aromas of braised pork and ramen broth melded with the grapefruit, lemon and pine wafting from my beer glass. Each sip was both familiar and foreign: citrusy like an American India pale ale, yet subdued and mysterious, bringing to mind not a gulp of orange juice but something coaxed from a mountainside fruit tree. (more…)

SABMiller finds full-strength returns elusive in Foster’s declining market

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BEER volumes for SABMiller’s Australian arm, the brewer Foster’s, have tanked, falling 13 per cent for the first half as the global beer company suffers from the loss of key brands in its local portfolio, termination of third-party distribution contracts and a tougher line it is taking with retailers over pricing. (more…)