India. Heineken takes larger swig, ups UB stake to nearly 44 per cent

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Dutch brewer Heineken International on Wednesday moved closer to gaining a controlling stake in India’s largest beer manufacturer United Breweries (UB), acquiring 4.2 million equity shares through bulk deals on the stock exchange. Heineken spent around Rs 358 crore to increase its stake in the beer company to 43.97% from 42.38%. (more…)

India. Karnataka orders recovery of tax dues from UBL

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Even as a consortium of banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) is struggling to recover loan dues amounting to Rs 9,091 crore from UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya, the Commercial Taxes Department of Karnataka has issued an order to recover tax dues amounting to several lakhs of rupees from Mallya-controlled United Breweries Limited (UBL). (more…)

China. Beer moves to premium

China. Beer moves to premium
Founded by German and British settlers in 1903, and one of China’s oldest beer brands, Tsingtao Beer is distributed to more than 80 countries and regions. The company is listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges.
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Millward Brown and WPP have released the 6th annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands ranking and report. There are four main Chinese beer brands in the chart this year. Unfortunately, their positions decreased year-on-year. (more…)

India. Block deal on United Breweries; stock up 1%

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United Breweries gained 1.1% to Rs.852 on BSE. Around 4.5 lakh shares were traded in a single block at Rs. 327.45 on the NSE. Heineken buys additional 21 Lakh shares in United Breweries, as per media reports. (more…)

Russia. The legislators had mercy for craft brewers

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Small companies that produce beer, cider, perry and mead up to 30 thousand hectolitres per year will be exempted from the need to connect to USAIS (Unified State Automated Information System). In spite of state preferences, they had to connect to the accounting system to monitor shipments to distributors. This resulted in a reduction of the market turnover and the closure of manufactures, Russian newspaper “Kommersant” writes. (more…)

India. Goa Minister slammed for approving beer factory

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Goa, on Sunday slammed Goa Industries Minister Mahadev Naik and the State Investment Promotion Board (IPB) for approving a beer factory, a “red category” industry, in Sanguem in south Goa, thereby violating the IPB’s own mandate. (more…)