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…)

SABMiller finds way of reducing raw material costs

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SABMiller has announced that its Peruvian subsidiary, Backus, in co-operation with Packaging Products Peru, has developed a new, low-gauge bottle crown that will significantly reduce the amount of steel used in production and have a positive impact on the group’s raw material costs and C02 emissions. (more…)

BGI Ethiopia Acquires 25pc 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…)

UK: Heineken to launch Foster’s Gold lager

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Heineken UK is launching a bottled, premium version of its Foster’s lager in the off-trade to go head-to-head with brands such as Budweiser and Stella Artois. (more…)