Premium Lager and Dark Beer markets see growth in 2011

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The UK premium lagers and beers industries saw modest amounts of growth in the 5 years to 2011, according to the Key Note Market Report Update, Premium Lagers, Beers and Ciders, while the premium ciders market showed no movement in value over the 5-year period. (more…)

US. Boston Beer Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Results

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The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported net income for the fourth quarter of $17.8 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, an increase of $5.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, from the fourth quarter of 2010.  (more…)

CVC Said to Hire Adviser After Japanese Approaches for StarBev

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CVC Capital Partners Ltd., the British private equity firm that owns Formula One, is weighing whether to pursue a sale of Staropramen brewer StarBev after receiving approaches for the company, three people with knowledge of the plans said. (more…)

Carlsberg To Boost Russian Operations As Profit Surges

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Brewer Carlsberg A/S said Monday, as it reported a sharp rise in fourth-quarter net profit, that it will spend a up to DKK6.5 billion ($1.16 billion) to gain full control of brewer Baltika Brewery in a bid to swing its ailing Russian business back to growth. (more…)

drinktec: New Technology for New Products

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In January 2012 France introduced its new “cola tax” for all drinks containing added sugar or sweetener. Hungary has had its own “chips tax” – targeting excessively sweet drinks among other things – since September 2011. (more…)

drinktec: Don’t Leave Footsteps!

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Don’t leave footsteps! This imperative originated in rock-climbing, in a particular form of modern sport climbing that aims to leave minimum traces behind on the rock. (more…)

Kirin Holdings Full-year Profit Declines

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Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings Co. reported Friday a lower profit for the full year 2011, citing a slowdown in overseas economies and rising value of the yen. The company also issued guidance for the first half and full year 2012. (more…)