Foster’s to cast off wine; beer profit disappoints

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Foster’s Group (FGL.AX), Australia’s largest brewer, pushed ahead on Tuesday with plans to split its beer and wine businesses, but it risked dampening bidder appetite for either unit by also reporting soft first-half profits. (more…)

UK. Pub chains: January better than expected

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The Coffer Peach Business Tracker, which monitors sales performance across 18 major pub and restaurant operators, including Mitchells & Butlers, Whitbread, Pizza Hut, Punch Pub Co, Gondola and Tragus, reported like-for-like sales up 10.7% in January on last year. Total sales, including new openings, were up 11.4%. (more…)

Vietnam. Thirsty drinkers make beer market sparkle

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Roughly 2.38 billion litres of beer was consumed in 2010, an increase of 19.8 per cent compared with 2009. Domestic beer consumption in 2011 is expected to reach 2.8 billion litres, according to Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). (more…)

Foster’s Group told to justify demerger

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The “under siege” board at Foster’s Group must divulge the potential uplifts in profit to be achieved by separating its beer and wine businesses, in the expected formalisation of its demerger plans tomorrow, according to analysts. (more…)