China. Interest in imported beer continues unabated

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The import volume of beer to China increased by 42.5% and amounting to 4.24 mln. liters in October 2015. These figures confirm the tendency of rapid growth of the market share of imported beer that dates back to 2014 continues unabated today. (more…)

Vietnam. Local beer players face foreign firms

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Sabeco is the biggest Vietnamese beer maker, with a 46-per-cent market share. The Hanoi Beer Alcohol and Beverage Joint Stock Corporation (Habeco) accounts for 17.3 per cent of the market.

The local beer market is set to face tough competition due to a rising number of foreign brewers moving into the market after Viet Nam joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), experts said. (more…)

Malaysia. GAB: Business As Usual Despite Ownership Change

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Guinness Anchor Bhd (GAB) does not expect any major shift in business directions following the takeover of its holdings company GAPL Pte Ltd by Heineken NV last October.

GAB MD Hans Essaadi said despite having a new parent entity, GAB is committed towards its business model which has propelled it to become a leading brewer in the market with a strong product line. (more…)

India. Beer Hug

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Aritro Mukherjee, an IT consultant at Salt Lake’s Sector V, is out with friends for a quick weekend afternoon drink. Their poison? Beer. Saathi Agarwal, a partner at a beauty products startup, is also sipping beer at a cosy lounge on a pleasant November afternoon. Beer? In November? The truth is, many Kolkatans have got rid of their seasonal hangover when it comes to beer, and the November nip hasn’t caused any dip in sales. (more…)