Russian beer: crying in their cups

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For decades, Kremlin leaders have been trying to crack down on the consumption of vodka, and its illegal cousin moonshine, in a bid to cut alcoholism and revive life expectancy. Now president Dmitry Medvedev and the state duma are targeting Russia’s favourite ‘non-alcoholic beverage’: beer. (more…)

Fruit flavoured beer is a new craze in Croatia

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Fruit-flavoured beer known as “Radler” in Germany or “shandy” in the UK has become a summer hit in Croatia taking up a five to 10 per cent share in beer market sales. (more…)

India. First time in 8 yrs, beer sales dip in summer

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A feel good economy perks up beer enthusiasts in emerging markets, said an investment report from Swiss bank UBS last year. India’s beer consumption in the peak summer months declined for the first time in eight years probably tracking sober economic mood and steep price hikes in the big guzzling states like Maharashtra. (more…)

Sapporo deal strengthens Coopers premium beer grip

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FAMILY-OWNED independent brewer Coopers Brewery has strengthened its grip on the high-growth premium beer market, inking a deal last night with Japanese brewer Sapporo to brew and distribute the brand in Australia. (more…)

Grupo Modelo’s quarterly volume grows by 8.8%

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Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. and Subsidiaries, the leading brewer in Mexico and producer of the best-selling Mexican beer in the world, on Friday announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2011. During the second quarter of the year, total volume sold in the domestic market, including the imported brand portfolio, increased 8.0% compared to the same period in 2010, for a total of 10.9 million hectoliters. (more…)