Changing tastes part of beer business

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Jeff Hamilton is the president of Sprecher Brewing Co., succeeding Randy Sprecher. Sprecher Brewing saw revenue increase 10% last year vs. 2009 without increasing prices. The company has broadened its product mix to capitalize on the growing American craft beer market. (more…)

Changes to composition Heineken Holding N.V.’s Board of Directors

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The meeting of holders of priority shares of Heineken Holding N.V. will propose that Heineken Holding N.V.’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders appoint Mrs. C. M. Kwist (43) to the Board of Directors of Heineken Holding N.V., to succeed her uncle Mr. D. P. Hoyer (71). Mr. Hoyer is due to retire by rotation and, in view of his age, will not be proposed for reappointment. (more…)

Kirin Tries Sober Pitch

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After unexpected success at home, one of Japan’s biggest brewers is bringing its zero-alcohol beverage to the U.S. in a test of American drinkers’ indifference to weak beer. (more…)

SABMiller’s cassava beer plans mature

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SABMiller’s pioneering cassava beer – aimed an entire new market of drinkers in Africa – has been delayed by nearly a year following a number of setbacks. (more…)

Brazil’s Ambev to invest $1.5bn in new factories

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Ambev, Brazil’s biggest brewer, promised to invest up to R$2.5bn in new factories and distribution centres this year in spite of concerns that the country’s slowing growth could hurt beer sales. (more…)

AB InBev: a developing taste

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The king has returned. After 20 consecutive years of falling volumes, Budweiser finally became a growth story in 2010. The “king of beers”, though, needed its own version of a stimulus programme to arrest its decline, including relentless exposure at the world’s biggest sporting event, the football World Cup. (more…)