American craft beer: the hippest of hops

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From tasteless mass-produced beers a decade ago, innovative, flavoursome American ales from a thriving craft brewing scene can now be found in the UK. Is this a welcome invasion? (more…)

Domestic beer consumption in Belgium reaches record low in 2010; exports rise

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Beer consumption in Belgium has again declined in 2010. According to figures released by the Union of Belgian Brewers Belgians drink an average of 78 liters of beer per year. This is a decline of 2.8% compared to 2009. In the past 20 years, beer consumption in Belgium has declined by about one third. (more…)

Vietnam. Habeco opens new $23 million brewery

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State-owned Ha Noi Beer and Beverage Corp (Habeco), the largest brewery group in northern Vietnam with a market share of 80%, last weekend reportedly opened a new brewery in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The new $23 million plant is said to have a production capacity of 50,000,000l of beer per year. (more…)

SABMiller play for Foster’s expected to drag on for months

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SABMiller’s bid for Foster’s Group is expected to take months to resolve, in the absence of any other bidders emerging, as Foster’s tries to get the world no.2 brewer to sweeten its $10 billion offer, investors and analysts said. (more…)

Molson Coors, Cobra India to Join Forces to Brew Beer

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Molson Coors Brewing Co. and Cobra India have joined forces to brew and market Cobra beer in South Asia, an arrangement that will give the brewer a foothold in the fast-growing Asian beer market. (more…)

Predator keen to revitalise premium beer market

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SABMiller would use Foster’s to launch super-premium beer brands in Australia to unlock tens of millions of sales dollars if its bid for the brewer succeeds, industry experts say. (more…)