Asahi Breweries Delays West Japan Plant Closure Amid Supply Concerns

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Asahi Breweries Ltd. (2502.TO) said Monday it will postpone the planned shutdown of its brewery in Nishinomiya, western Japan, by one year to provide stable beer supplies amid concerns about power shortages in the east of the country after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (more…)

Russia beer sales suffering tax hike

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In a bar in the heart of St Petersburg, widescreen TVs show a match between local football team Zenit and Bayern Munich, two giants of European football – but this is not the only thing these two cities have in common. (more…)

Heineken’s Shelf-Improvement Strategy

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How does a company adapt when it faces a reduction of its consumption base and radical changes in the way people buy its product? This is the conundrum facing Didier Debrosse, chief of Western Europe for Dutch brewer Heineken NV. (more…)

Modelo Said to Seek Support for Foster’s Bid

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Grupo Modelo SAB de CV (GMODELOC), the Mexican brewer of Corona beer, will seek board support for a possible joint bid with Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP) for Foster’s Group Ltd. (FGL) at a June 13 meeting in Mexico City, according to people with knowledge of the situation. (more…)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s War On Craft Beer

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Tucked into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) much-discussed budget was a little-noticed provision to overhaul the state’s regulation of the beer industry. In a state long associated with beer, the provision will make it much more difficult for the Wisconsin’s burgeoning craft breweries to operate and expand their business by barring them from selling directly to restaurants and liquor stores, and preventing them from selling their own product onsite. (more…)