India. United Breweries: the beer drought ends

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UB’s Ebitda rose by 50.8%, even after accounting for increases in expenses on salaries, promotions and other expenses.

Beer guzzlers went on a binge in the December quarter. What prompted this is not really known, but the industry is not complaining. Sure, there was a low base effect, but not enough to explain the 13% increase from a year ago in the beer industry’s growth. (more…)

Carlsberg Establishes Greenfield Brewery in Myanmar with ALECTIA

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In 2013 Carlsberg Group announced that it had signed a strategic partnership agreement with a local privately-owned leading beverage company, Myanmar Golden Star (MGS) Breweries, to brew and market Carlsberg beers in Myanmar. Under this agreement, MGS Breweries and Carlsberg formed a Joint Venture – Myanmar Carlsberg Co., Ltd. – with plans to set up a new greenfield brewery and distribute Carlsberg beers in the local market. (more…)

India. Illegal ‘Home Delivery’ of alcohol booming

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At a time when the bars are closed, it’s an advantage for all those who prefer to get liquor delivered at their doorsteps. They can avoid standing for hours in the serpentine queues in front of Kerala State Beverages Corporation’s outlets as the illegal home delivery of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) is booming in the city, and those running this business are making a killing. (more…)

Vietnam. 5 O’Clock Somewhere: Another Beer Found, Another Day Lost

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Craft Beer in Saigon

“Are you looking for something lighter or darker?” asks a twenty-something Vietnamese man from behind the bar. His name is “H” (like the letter, he tells me) and by the looks of him, H enjoys his beer. He doesn’t have the traditional slender frame of his countrymen, but carries a slight paunch that’s become increasingly prevalent as Western indulgences, such as craft beer, make their way into Vietnam. (more…)