Myanmar. Beer station profits slump as pumps close

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Some Yangon beer stations are still flouting a long-ignored law against selling draught beer without a special licence, which local authorities recently started trying to enforce. Those that have followed the letter of the law, meanwhile, are seeing business slump. (more…)

Vietnam’s largest beer producer Sabeco has new CEO

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Industry and Trade approved the appointment of Mr. Le Hong Xanh, 59, as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Saigon Beverage Corporation (Sabeco) as of August 4, replacing Mr. Vo Thanh Ha. (more…)

Global beer production down 1.1% in 2015

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Beer production worldwide declined for a second straight year in 2015, falling 1.1% to 188.64 million kiloliters, according to a survey released Wednesday by Kirin Holdings. (more…)

Philippines. San Miguel Brewery revenue rose by 19%

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Leading beer-maker San Miguel Brewery (SMB) booked a 20 percent year-on-year growth in first semester net profit to P8.25 billion, tracking robust consumer spending during the presidential election season. (more…)

Indonesia. Alcohol ban jeopardizes industry, tourism

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The deliberations on the alcohol prohibition bill have been causing consternation among tourists, businesspeople and even labor unions, as the question, to beer or not to beer, is expected to have a serious impact. (more…)

Japan. Sapporo hopes its new premium beer is the new ‘Black’

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Attachment1rSapporo beer is taking a walk on the dark side.

Hoping to keep pace with a growing number of consumers looking for the next new thing, the Japanese beer maker is releasing Premium Black, its first new beer since its Premium Light was launched in 2004. Sapporo is the top imported Asian beer brand in the U.S., a perch it has held for over 30 years. (more…)

Why Hong Kong is saying ‘yes’ to craft beer

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Breweries are popping up all over the city, and craft beer bars are taking up sizeable spaces in areas ranging from Kennedy Town to Ap Lei Chau. Not seen on this scale before, craft brewers are creating a new category of tenants for industrial as well as retail landlords. (more…)