Global Beer Trends Report 2012
The 2012 Global Beer Trends Report covers historical and forecast global beer consumption trends, production, imports and exports data across 168 markets. It highlights the existing trend for consumers to migrate from beer to other categories in mature markets, while more robust economic performance and young growing populations are fuelling demand in developing markets.
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On just-drinks last week:
- The biggest story was the news that the US Department of Justice has taken issue with Anheuser-Busch InBev's plans to take full control of Grupo Modelo. The department's lawsuit, announced on Thursday, is just the first move in what looks like being a pretty drawn-out game of chess with A-B InBev. While it is unlikely that the case will make it to court, expect the brewer to make a few concessions to help it land the prized possession that is Corona.
- In spirits, Diageo released its half-year results on Thursday. Much as the company appeared upbeat about its mid-term guidance - an average 6% rise in organic sales over fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2014 – one analyst suggested that this aim is "too challenging" for this fiscal year. CEO Paul Walsh, meanwhile, gave journalists an insight into how he intends to plug the perceived gaps in Diageo's portfolio.
- Elsewhere in spirits, both Moet Hennessy and Beam Inc dropped their latest sets of figures.
- Strikes in South Africa have generated some unwelcome headlines for the country's wine producers in recent weeks. The industrial action, which started in early-January, has been taking place at grape producers in and around the Western Cape region. One report cited a trade union spokesperson calling for a boycott of the country's wines. The head of Wines of South Africa, however, countered last week that this would be a bad idea.
- In soft drinks, the unwieldy brush of taxation has made an appearance in the UK. With a wealth of campaign groups calling for a “sugary” tax in the country, just-drinks' deputy editor James Wilmore had a cryptic one-word riposte: Denmark.
Finally, Euromonitor's five-part preview of the year ahead is now complete. If you're a just-drinks subscriber, click here to read this month's management briefing. And, if you're not a just-drinks subscriber, click here to remedy that right away.
Until next time...