Asian giants still in running for beer brands

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Asahi and Thai Beverage, the maker of Chang beer, were notified this week that they had qualified for the next round of bidding in Anheuser-Busch InBev’s €2.5 billion auction of the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands. (more…)

Vietnam. Don’t Blow It

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Vietnam has a briskly growing economy, a vibrant tech scene, and a young and entrepreneurial workforce. Foreign investment is surging. Exports are thriving. The local beer is the toast of Asia. (more…)

China. Consumers swap mass-produced local beers for imports and local craft beers

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When Jin Xin first started selling imported premium beer a decade ago, his bar manager predicted that it would take a month or two just to sell a single case. But within a few years business picked up, and soon customers started frequenting the bar for its India pale ales and other European beers, NDTV Food reported on January 16. (more…)

Myanmar. Tuborg turnaround for Carlsber

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Carlsberg has caved to complaints from the family of a famous Mandalay singer, who say the Danish brewer used the title of one of his hits as the name for Tuborg Beer in Myanmar. (more…)

Russia. The range of alcohol in restaurants can be halved

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Since the beginning of the year, HoReCa establishments cannot resell alcohol purchased at retail, not at wholesalers.

Since 1 January 2016, with the expansion of the scope of the USAIS, the restaurants and cafes have lost the ability to legally purchase alcohol at retail stores and sell it. Igor Bukharov, the Chairman of the Federation of restaurateurs and hoteliers, explained this to Izvestia. (more…)

India. Kingfisher turns to flavoured malts as beer sales stall

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Don’t like beer for its bitter taste? India’s largest beer maker is offering a choice to consumers who can’t stand the brew. United Breweries Ltd has just launched a malt-based alcopop—called the Kingfisher Buzz—that aims to take on the Bacardi Breezer, a fruit wine-based drink much favoured by young women. (more…)