Japan. Brewer Asahi tries to make splash in big pond

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Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is diving into Europe in hopes of instantly enlarging its presence in an ever-consolidating global beer market.

The purveyor of Super Dry has offered to buy not one but four brewers and beer distributors owned by SABMiller for a total of 2.55 billion euros ($2.85 billion), it said on Wednesday. (more…)

Japan. Asahi offers over 400bn yen for Peroni, Grolsch

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Asahi Group Holdings is offering a little over 400 billion yen ($3.48 billion) to purchase two European beer brands from SABMiller, proposing the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese beer company. (more…)

These 5 beer makers own more than half of the world’s beer

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In 2004, 10 brewers controlled 51% of the global beer market by volume. Ten years later, five beer makers — Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, Heineken, Carlsberg, and China Resources Enterprise — controlled about the same amount. (more…)

India. Anti-liquor meet in Tiruchi on February 14

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Makkal Adhikaram, an organisation fighting for the closure of Tasmac outlets across the State, will organise an anti-liquor conference here on February 14 to demand closure of liquor shops. It has extended invitation to all sections of the society including college students who wished the closure of liquor shops. (more…)