US. Craft Brewery Business Booming

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Brewery startups are taking the U.S. by storm, stealing profits from big-name breweries and providing more access to craft beer for mug tippers from coast to coast. There were 1,759 new breweries opened last year according to the Brewers Association, putting every American within 10 miles of a brewery. (more…)

Senior management appointment at Miller Brands UK

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Gary Haigh has been appointed as Managing Director of Miller Brands UK. Mr Haigh is currently President of SABMiller subsidiary Kompania Piwowarska in Poland and succeeds Nick Miller, who announced his resignation in July 2011. (more…)

Yanjing Brewery to Buy Hebei’s Tianniu Beer

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Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co. Ltd. (000729.SZ), one of China’s largest brewers, is to acquire a 100% stake in Xingtai Tianniu Beer Co. Ltd. for RMB 107.72 million in a bid to build growth in the country’s emerging beer markets. (more…)

Bid for Foster’s may need a top-up

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FOSTER’S shares pretty much kept pace with the sharemarket’s latest rally yesterday despite a pedestrian June 30 result because there was enough in the profit and what chief executive John Pollaers said about it to suggest that SABMiller will need to sweeten its $4.90 a share offer to win control. Not to the $6 mark that Foster’s wants, however. (more…)

Prazdroj starts trial run of PET bottling line

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Plze?sk? Prazdroj has started a trial run of its new PET bottling line. With a maximum output of 18,000 bottles per hour, the line is Plze?sk? Prazdroj’s biggest one–off investment over the last five years. The value of the line and the overall technical design is approx. CZK 150 million. The company’s offer of PET–packaged beer includes the brands Velkopopovick? Kozel, Primus and Klasik. (more…)