China. Difficulties of Chinese craft brewers

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China does not suffer from lack of small breweries. In total, according to the industry experts there are more than 2000 breweries of various scales. Twenty years of merges and takeovers of big companies did not influence the operation of small entrepreneurs; many of them can produce craft beer. (more…)

Beer Megadeal Said to Be Close to Winning Chinese Approval

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Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller Plc is nearing Chinese approval after the companies agreed to divest the maker of Snow beer, the world’s top-selling brand, according to people familiar with the matter. (more…)

Craft and crafty beer in China

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According to Hai Tong Securities research report, the craft beer market in China is growing rapidly and the gross margine and net profit margine in this sector amount to 50% and 30% correspondently. This is much more than the producers of the traditional bottle beer earn. (more…)

India. No ‘timing’ impact on Tasmac sales as black-marketeers step in

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It’s been two weeks since Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa signed the file to down shutters of 500 Tasmac shops across the State and reduce the operating hours of outlets. But if the trend in Chennai is any indication, there has not been any drastic dip in sales, and it is business as usual for many of the outlets. (more…)

India. Witlinger Craft Beer in bottles to beat the summer heat!

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Witlinger craft beer positions itself as a brand associated with The Adventurer personality with the tag, “Fearless. Daring. Spontaneous. First to try”. Since that description fits me to “T”, the beer already had my attention before I had even taken a sip. While Witlinger has been available in India as a draft beer since April 2014, the event I attended at the British High Commission was its launch in bottles for the retail market. (more…)

Heineken and a western brewer’s return to Myanmar

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Sobir Djaffar looks happy as he surveys the racks of locally produced bottles of Heineken on a Myanmar supermarket shelf. The Dutch brewer has been waiting 20 years to return to the country. But he is less thrilled that the beer — along with its rival brands — is sharing the first aisle of this Yangon store with toilet rolls and baby wipes. (more…)

India. Beer may be most popular drink for tourists

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If revenue receipts are to be considered, the sale of hard liquor is higher than beer (malt liquor) in Goa, but the excise department believes this alone can’t be taken as a true measure of consumption pattern of different types of alcohol sold in the state. (more…)