Beer costs too much: Ontario Tory leader

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Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say if they win this fall’s provincial election, they would consider lowering the price of beer.
On Monday, party leader Tim Hudak left the door open to return to “a buck a beer” — or $24 per case of 24 beers. (more…)

Chile. CCU 2010 Net Profit Falls 13.5% To CLP110.7 Billion

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Chilean beverage company Compania Cervecerias Unidas SA’s (CCU, CCU.SN) 2010 net profit dropped 13.5% to 110.7 billion Chilean pesos ($229.8 million) on nonoperational charges last year, compared with CLP128.0 billion the year earlier, the company said late Wednesday. (more…)

SABMiller: The number of pub restaurants with tanks has increased 60-fold in the last 15 years

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At the beginning of 1996, 12 pub restaurants with tanks were operating in the Czech Republic. That number has multiplied in the last 15 years by about 60 times. Today, there are approximately 740 pub restaurants that have tanks from all breweries, and they represent about one-tenth of the sale of beer on tap. About 70 percent of all pub restaurants serve brands by Plze?sk? Prazdroj, and up until now more than 770 million beers have been drunk from their tanks. (more…)

Peru. Backus committed to sustainable development

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Backus, business leader in Peru’s beer industry, issued the results of its Strategy for Sustainable Development 2009-2010 based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicators, as well as its action plan for 2011 with regard to the 10 priorities for sustainable development. (more…)

Kerry says brewers face major barley quality and supply challenge

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European brewers have a fight on their hands to source quality malting barley during 2011, according to industry ingredient supplier Kerry.
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) statistics estimate drawdowns on the on EU barley crop (of malting quality) to 10.05m tonnes in 2010, compared with 14.45m in 2009. (more…)