China. In the 1Q2016, AB InBev beer sales in China decreased by 1.1% to 16.63 million hectoliters

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Anheuser-Busch InBev company has disclosed 1Q2016 performance results and has shared expectations for the further year.

According to the quarter report, industry volumes in China remain under pressure. However, AB InBev volumes continue to perform ahead of the industry, declining by 1.1% in the quarter, helped by the focus on the Core Plus, Premium and Super Premium segments. (more…)

India. Hyderabad High Court refuses to hear plea on water to breweries

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A vacation bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday refused to hear a public interest petition filed by TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy, who questioned the wisdom of the state in supplying huge quantities of water to liquor distilleries instead of supplying water to thousands of parched villages in the state. (more…)

India. Prohibition: The only wave in Tamil Nadu

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For the first time since Tamil Nadu took complete control of liquor retail and converted the monopoly into its chief money-spinner that contributes nearly Rs 27,000 crore to the state’s coffers, the main Dravidian political parties have been forced into acknowledging that the policy of promoting liquor has had serious consequences for the health of the people and the social fabric. (more…)

Malaysia. Smooth cold one now in a bottle

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How would you like to enjoy the smooth sensation of freshly tapped beer anytime and anywhere?

Now, with Carlsberg’s latest innovation, Carlsberg Smooth Draught, you can – the only difference being the fact that it’s now in a bottle.

It is now available in a familiar looking green bottle with a white label with hints of silver instead of the brand’s iconic green. (more…)

N. Korean beer sale in China

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Taedonggang beer, a state-owned North Korean brand, is available in grocery stores in Dandong and Shenyang, China, according to news reports. (more…)

India. Move over draught, brew masters are creating craft beer infused with desi flavours and ingredients

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Citrusy, light-bodied with a hint of sweet. That’s Beteljuice for you, a beer infused with paan and lemongrass. For those who like to venture on the dark side, there’s the roasty Kaapi stout, which marries malt with coffee beans.

To revisit fond childhood memories, try the mango beer created with Alphonsos sourced from the farms of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. (more…)

China. Alcoholic cocktails are gaining the market share, taking it from beer

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The reasons for the fall of the beer market in China are interesting for both the brewers and analysts. For example, QL Money publishing among the main factors of the recession referred to bad weather, the reduction internal migrants’ income employed in construction, as well as changing in consumption patterns due to the change of generations. (more…)

Japane. Highest-ever Q1 sales for Asahi

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Asahi Group Holdings Ltd, the Japanese brewer that’s buying European beer brands worth US$2.9bil from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, posted its highest-ever first-quarter sales as demand for its alcoholic beverages rose. (more…)