Modelo, Molson eyeing joint Foster’s bid -source

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* Molson, Modelo weigh joint bid for Foster’s – source
* Banks including BoFA, Deutsche helping w/ financing
* Foster’s ADRS up 5.5 pct; Molson shares down 3 pct (Adds company background, details on potential bidders, analyst comment, Molson Coors closing share price) (more…)

US. Craft Brewers Alliance Names Andrew Thomas President of Commercial Operations

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Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. (CBA) /quotes/comstock/15*!hook/quotes/nls/hook HOOK -1.60% , an independent craft brewing company, has hired Andrew (Andy) Thomas to complement and enhance the company’s growth opportunities in providing quality craft beer and new beer experiences to consumers. In his role as the president of commercial operations, Thomas will be accountable for all sales and marketing activities at CBA and will report directly to CEO Terry Michaelson. Thomas recently served as a consultant for CBA. (more…)

Russia. Barley and malt

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Malt: still at the bottom Records of Federal Service of State Statistics show that in 2010 malt production decreased by 4% and comprised 1 011 thousand tons. Despite the decrease, this trend could be considered positive for malt manufacturers, as it denotes stabilization after a prolonged setback in production which was persisting since 2007. Taking into consideration poor harvest which resulted in malting barley deficiency and, at the same time, a perceptible increase in tradable malt output in autumn 2010, it is possible to suggest that there developed a balance between supply and demand. In 2010 beer production decreased to the extent, comparable with malt output, by 5%, but its slight growth is expected in 2011. At the time of writing, beer production was already showing signs of recovery, although the dynamics of the first quarter does not yet indicate any trends. The fact is that from September to December 2009 brewing enterprises required additional volume of malt, and at the beginning of 2010, due to the drop in production and negative expectations, large volume of malt was not necessary any more. It is obvious that this slight movement was connected with the fact that distributors stocked up on additional beer…

New horizon of “Miller Brands Ukraine”

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In March 2011 the general manager of Private Joint Stock Company “Miller Brands Ukraine” (formerly Closed Joint-Stock Company “Sarmat”) Igor Tikhonov summarized the results of the work which has been performed by the company for two and a half years since the day of Donetsk enterprise SABMIller plc purchase. Integration into the framework of the parent company is completed. The main strategic mission of Ukrainian subdivision today is to create a coherent portfolio of brands, which could include international and local trademarks. “Sarmat” brand was the foundation which served as the basis for license brands emergence and growth but in the course of time its role will become of minor importance. (more…)

Ukraine. The Beer Market Analysis

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Consumption polarization is the main trend of the market – the economy and premium segments grow due to the sales of mass beer sorts. Carlsberg Group and SABMiller seized the opportunity given by this trend and increased their market share yet the mainstream leaders companies AB InBev and “Obolon” saw some market share decline. The retail beer price becomes still more important as brewing companies got involved into price competition. They keep the prices for economy brands down, propose bonus packages and inexpensive license brands. But in spite of the actions of international companies, the market shares of small producers and import continue to grow. (more…)

Beer Business (Pivnoe Delo) #2-2011

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Ukraine. The Beer Market Analysis Prices and price segments Companies and brands positions The regional picture of beer consumption New horizon of “Miller Brands Ukraine” Barley and malt: review of 2010, trends of 2011 Malt: still at the bottom Barley: waiting for new harvest The leading producers

Molson Coors Brings Carling to Ukraine

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Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP) announced today that it has launched Carling in Ukraine, Eastern Europe’s second largest beer market, through a commercial joint venture with Obolon Company, a leading Ukraine brewer. (more…)