Japan’s beer shipments fall to record low in May

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Total shipments of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan dived 8.6 percent in May from a year earlier to 32.58 million cases, a record low for the reporting month, data by five major brewers showed Friday. (more…)

US. Optimism Growing for Restaurants

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TWST.com and Charlie Duerr of Nation’s Restaurant News summed up the work of KeyBanc Capital Investment analyst Brad Ludington’s view of the restaurant industry. (more…)

Cold gold. SABMiller story

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SABMiller has been cheered as a darling of international sin stocks. Stephen Cranston traces how Graham Mackay turned a local brewery into a R400bn global empire (more…)

RLPC-ABInBev seeks to cut pricing on $8 bln loan

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Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest brewer, is seeking to slash its borrowing cost on an existing $8 billion syndicated loan, banking sources said on Thursday. (more…)

Carlsberg changes recipe of its lead brand

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Carlsberg recently announced that is has changed the recipe of its lead brand. As part of its rich heritage in scientific discovery and the continuous aim to improve the quality of its beer, a new strain of barley, Null-LOX barley, has been developed and is being rolled out across Carlsberg’s markets. (more…)

Russia. Summer, New Brands to Give Beer Market Boost

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There’s a hiss, a rush of bubbles, golden liquid fills up the glass, and a good head of foam forms. “This was made just two days ago. It’s fresh,” says Masaru Hemmi, chief brewer of Japan’s Kirin Ichiban, checking the side of the bottle and proffering the glass. (more…)