Russia plans crackdown on sale of beer

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* Lower parliament chamber may pass bill this week
* Bill’s passage a formality -source
* Beer sales would be banned in shops 11pm-8am, from Jan. 2013
* Total ban at other locations, including outdoor kiosks
* Carlsberg shares slump 4pct; Russia is brewer’s biggest market (more…)

BGI Ethiopia Acquires 25 Percent of Raya Brewery’s Shares

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Failing to acquire two state owned breweries, Harar Brewery and Bedele Brewery, and losing them to its archrival Heineken, BGI Ethiopia has secured a deal its managers believe will help them conquer the northern market. (more…)

Three year market performance summary of the SABMiller Ukrainian branch

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On July 4, 2008, SABMiller plc, one of the leaders brewers in the world, entered the Ukrainian market, having bought «Sarmat» enterprise. During the last three years, the private company «Miller Brands Ukraine», a new branch of SABMiller, has completely modernised the acquired facilities and integrated the company into the global structure of the group, as well as introduced several new brands of the global SABMiller portfolio to the Ukrainian market. (more…)

AB InBev to invest $703 million in Argentina 2011-2015

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Quilmes beer and malt company, part of the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR), will invest 3 billion pesos ($703 million) in Argentina between 2011 and 2015, the government said on Wednesday. (more…)

Carlsberg shares hit by Russia beer sale woes

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Shares in Danish brewer Carlsberg A/S (CARLb.CO) slid on Wednesday on worries that its largest single market, Russia, could pass a law that would severely restrict beer sales. (more…)

Australia. Beer market continues to shrink

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TOTAL beverage retail sales in Australia have declined for the first time in four years, driven by continued weakness in packaged beer and early signs that initial strong demand for low-carb and premium beer could be waning. (more…)

‘Good bad’ move by A-B InBev

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As many of you will have gathered, I have an affection for nonsense marketing terms. I have regaled you with some favourites, but there were two I failed to mention. They include the new ‘cold hot’ soft drinks category (ice tea and iced coffee, obviously…) and ‘premium standard’ lager. (more…)