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Asia's beverage giants and their impact on drinks

Having focused (virtually) on Brazil in his last piece, this month our correspondent Ian Shackleton travels to Asia. Here, the former analys...

Heineken's new range foreshadows craft's future

With just over 20% of the country's total beer market value, the craft category in the US is ahead of the global curve....

Olly Wehring | 19 Apr 2017

Earlier today, Heineken reported a 0.6% increase in sales from the brewer's first quarter. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's performance in the three months to the end of March by region.

Ian Shackleton | 24 Mar 2017

In his latest commentary for just-drinks, former drinks analyst Ian Shackleton heads to Brazil to look at 3G's burned fingers, the future worries for Anheuser-Busch InBev and Britvic's samba moves.

Olly Wehring | 17 Feb 2017

Earlier this week, Heineken released its full-year results for 2016. The brewer saw its sales in the year rise by almost 5% in organic terms, although profits fell, against a 2015 boosted by a one-off income. Here, just-drinks considers Heineken's performance over the last five years.

Lucy Britner | 16 Feb 2017

In the notes that followed Heineken's full-year 2016 results yesterday, several analysts use the word 'strong' to illustrate the brewer's performance. Not only that, but many suggest Heineken is still gathering strength for the years ahead.

Latest Interviews

Lucy Britner | 13 Oct 2016

Andy Thomas moved up to the CEO position at Craft Brew Alliance in 2014, following several years in the company's commercial operations. Previously, he spent 12 years at Heineken USA - the last two of which were as unit president. Thomas's experience in big brewing has proved useful at CBA, as the company moves to deepen its ties with major shareholder Anheuser-Busch InBev. In part one of this two-part interview, Thomas provides insight into the latest deal, which gives AB InBev a staggered, qualified offer option to acquire CBA.

Olly Wehring | 21 Jun 2016

Last year, Heineken secured a return to the European sports stage for its Amstel brand. Having called time on its ten-year sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League football competition in 2005, Amstel has just completed the first of a three-year tie-up with the slightly lower-profile Europa League football tournament. Replacing Amstel as Champions League sponsor? Why, it was - and continues to be - brand Heineken. Last month, Olly Wehring travelled to Switzerland to meet Walter Drenth, the group's senior global director for international brands, before being forced to endure his team's defeat that evening to Seville in the Europa League final.

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Lucy Britner | 21 Apr 2017

Heineken's UK unit has lined up a GBP5m (US$6.4m) campaign for its New Zealand cider brand. 

Lucy Britner | 20 Apr 2017

Heineken has rolled out the latest adverts in the US for its Mexican beer brand, Tecate.

Olly Wehring | 19 Apr 2017

Heineken has reported flat volumes for the first quarter of 2017, as the brewer went up against a bumper three-month period a year ago.

Lucy Britner | 18 Apr 2017

Ahead of the release on Wednesday of Heineken's first quarter 2017 trading update, here's a look at the events that shaped the three months to the end of March for the company.

Andy Morton | 10 Apr 2017

Heineken has launched a new global TV ad for Strongbow cider that shows the natural side of urban environments.

Andy Morton | 10 Apr 2017

Heineken's US unit has said canned beer "has never been so popular" as it launches a new Dos Equis campaign for the format.

Andy Morton | 6 Apr 2017

C&C Group has used the same name as Heineken's successful cider variant, Strongbow Dark Fruit, for the launch of its own blackcurrant cider.

Andy Morton | 5 Apr 2017

Heineken has officially opened its first Ivory Coast brewery, part of its EUR150m (US$160m) Brassivoire joint venture with African distributor CFAO.

Andy Morton | 31 Mar 2017

Fruit cider volumes in the UK on-premise continued to boom last year, with growth for Heineken's draught Strongbow Dark Fruit propping up its parent brand, a new report has revealed. 

Andy Morton | 29 Mar 2017

Heineken has bought South African craft brewer Stellenbrau for an undisclosed amount.

Andy Morton | 29 Mar 2017

Heineken has withdrawn from a legal fight over a disputed brand name in Romania, amid pressure from the Hungarian Government regarding its red star logo.

Andy Morton | 23 Mar 2017

Heineken has unveiled new aluminium bottles that turn black under black light.

Olly Wehring | 22 Mar 2017

The UK arm of Heineken has confirmed to just-drinks that Tesco has pulled a swathe of its beer and cider SKUs from stores across the country.

Andy Morton | 21 Mar 2017

Heineken has said proceeds from a new US$1.75bn fund-raising effort could go towards future acquisitions.

Andy Morton | 21 Mar 2017

Heineken has moved to defend its red star logo after reports Hungary's Government wants to ban the image.

Olly Wehring | 15 Mar 2017

Heineken has unveiled a light beer extension of its Amstel lager brand in the US.

Lucy Britner | 14 Mar 2017

Heineken has lined up a GBP2.5m (US$3m) marketing budget to support the launch of the non-alcoholic iteration of its namesake lager brand in the UK market.

Lucy Britner | 13 Mar 2017

Heineken's UK unit has launched a higher abv variant of its Desperados brand as it looks to capitalise on late-night drinking. 

Lucy Britner | 7 Mar 2017

The UK unit of Heineken's has lined up an updated design for its Foster's lager brand in the country.

Andy Morton | 3 Mar 2017

Heineken is using the names of its apple growers to market a new range of Bulmers cider in the UK.

Olly Wehring | 1 Mar 2017

Heineken has released details of a change of executive director for its legal affairs function.

Olly Wehring | 24 Feb 2017

Heineken has vowed to fight a EUR100m (US$105.6m) compensation claim by a Greek brewer that follows the imposition 14 months ago of a near-EUR32m fine related to alleged infringement practices in the country.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 16 Sep 2016

Heineken is known for its flashy adverts. Now the brewer has given the star treatment to a new recruitment drive with a glamorous and highly-persuasive ad that, quite frankly, had the staff here at just-drinks dusting off their resumes.

Olly Wehring | 6 Sep 2016

Here in the UK, we're coming to the end of a fine summer of cricket, with England having played against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in a number of matches around the country.

Company research

Heineken Italia SpA in Alcoholic Drinks (Italy)

Heineken Italia SpA in Alcoholic Drinks (Italy)

Heineken Group is a global alcoholic drinks player present in more than 70 countries around the world....

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Heineken Slovensko as in Alcoholic Drinks (Slovakia)

Heineken Slovensko as in Alcoholic Drinks (Slovakia)

Heineken Slovensko, part of the Heineken NV group, was one of the largest producers of beer and cider in Slovakia in 2015....

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Heineken Hungária Sörgyárak Zrt in Alcoholic Drinks (Hungary)

Heineken Hungária Sörgyárak Zrt in Alcoholic Drinks (Hungary

Heineken Hungária aims to strengthen its position as the leading producer of premium lager in Hungary and supply the local market with both high quality beer and cider products....

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