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The International Center for Alcohol Policies will merge with the Global Alcohol Producers GroupGLOBAL: International Center for Alcohol Policies, Global Alcohol Producers Group to merge

11 April 2014

The International Center for Alcohol Policies and the Global Alcohol Producers Group have agreed to amalgamate their operations.

PHILIPPINES: San Miguel Brewery readies US$450m bond

17 March 2014

San Miguel Brewery is expected to receive regulatory approval this week to sell a bond that will net the company up to PHP20bn (US$448.6m).

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Asahi in Expansion Mode

13 March 2014

As its Japanese home market struggles to expand Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at the recent overseas ventures that the Asahi Group has undertaken in its hunt for growth culminating in its latest foray, this time in the Indonesian soft drinks arena.

JAPAN: Kirin Group sees domestic sales flatline, international shines in 2013

13 February 2014

Kirin Group has posted a record high for its full-year net profits, thanks to the sale of its stake in Fraser & Neave a year ago.

AUS: Bacardi Lion appoints new MD

4 February 2014

Bacardi Lion has appointed a new MD as the previous encumbent has quit the group after ten years in the role.

Comment - Beer - Remembering Graham Mackay

28 January 2014

Last month, the chairman and former CEO of SABMiller, Graham Mackay, passed away. Ahead of a memorial service in London later this week, Larry Nelson looks back at an extraordinary career.

AUS: Lion doubles Little Creatures capacity with US$54.6m site

10 December 2013

Lion has expanded its Little Creatures craft brewing operations in Australia with the opening of a new AUD60m (US$54.6m) site.

BRAZIL: Petropolis aims for north-east with new brewery

28 November 2013

Grupo Petropolis has begun production at its latest facility in Brazil, targeting the beer markets in the north-east of the country.

US: Anheuser-Busch InBev brands Beck's, Kirin lawsuits "frivolous"

1 November 2013

Anheuser-Busch InBev has called two US lawsuits accusing it of deception over the origins of Beck's and Kirin as “frivolous”.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

1 November 2013

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

JAPAN: Kirin Holdings sales slow in YTD

30 October 2013

Kirin Holdings has seen a slowdown in sales growth in its year-to-date, but its bottom line remained healthy from the Fraser & Neave stake sale.

EUROPE/TRAVEL RETAIL: Heineken backs Monteith's Brewing Co with craft roll-out

24 October 2013

Heineken is to roll out a New Zealand craft beer and cider range it acquired through its takeover of Asia Pacific Breweries on to the global stage.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Hot Ginger Ale: A Soft Drink Revolution?

17 September 2013

Earlier this month, The Coca-Cola Co announced the release of a new product in Japan. No major surprise there, but the product in question is a hot, carbonated beverage. Richard Corbett casts his eye over Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale and weighs up its potential for success.

Analysis - AmBev will hope for permanent World Cup boost

9 September 2013

AmBev is likely to use next year's FIFA World Cup football tournament in Brazil to get consumers to “reappraise” its Brahma and Budweiser brands, an analyst has suggested.

Research in Focus - Ready for More Growth: RTDs Continue to Defy Doom-Mongers

2 August 2013

The ready-to-drink (RTD) category continues to offer growth potential for spirits producers while giving their brands access to consumption occasions they were traditionally excluded from and the opportunity to attract new consumers through product innovation.

JAPAN: Kirin Holdings' H1 sales rise despite domestic beer worries

2 August 2013

Kirin Holdings has posted a big jump in first half profits as it continues to benefit from the sale of its stake in Fraser & Neave this year, however domestic beer sales remain a concern.

US: Kirin unveils plans for Ichiban Frozen Beer

31 July 2013

Kirin has confirmed details of the US roll-out of its Ichiban Frozen Beer brand.

UK: Kirin Ichiban sampling blitz to hit 13 towns and cities

6 June 2013

Japanese lager brand Kirin Ichiban is set for a major push this summer with a sampling campaign across 13 UK cities and towns.

In the Spotlight - Suntory's US$4.7bn Share Offer

30 May 2013

It is shaping up to be one of the drinks industry's biggest events of the year. This week, Suntory got approval to list its food and soft drinks unit on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, paving the way for the group to raise as much as US$4.7bn.

JAPAN: Kirin Holdings' Q1 boosted by Fraser & Neave stake sale

29 April 2013

Kirin Holdings has reported a significant return to net profit in its first-quarter helped by the sale of its stake in Fraser & Neave earlier this year.

BRAZIL/UK: SABMiller still keen on Brazil - LatAm president

26 March 2013

SABMiller has not given up hope on restoring its presence in Brazil's beer market, despite losing out in the race to buy Schincariol, and the closure of its import business last year.

JAPAN: Kirin Brewery Co ramps up frozen beer launch

11 March 2013

Kirin Brewery Co is to bring its frozen beer innovation, Ichiban Shibori Frozen Nama, to the world.

PHILIPPINES: San Miguel Brewery confirms plan to delist from PSE

21 February 2013

San Miguel Brewery has submitted a request to delist from the Phillipine Stock Exchange.

AUS: Coca-Cola Amatil, Schweppes, Lion fight 'cash for cans' scheme - report

20 February 2013

A lawyer acting for Coca-Cola Amatil, Schweppes Australia and Kirin Holdings-owned Lion has told a court that an Australian recycling scheme is a form of “prohibition” and against federal law, according to local reports.

SINGAPORE: TCC offer to shareholders closes

18 February 2013

TCC Assets has built up its total stake in Fraser & Neave to 90%, while the deadline for shareholders to tender their stock has closed.

JAPAN/SINGAPORE: Kirin to sell Fraser & Neave stake

1 February 2013

Kirin Holdings has said it will sell its 15% stake in Fraser & Neave to TCC Assets for around SGD2bn (US$1.6bn).

SINGAPORE: ThaiBev's TCC takes controlling stake in Fraser & Neave

31 January 2013

TCC Assets has gained a controlling stake in Fraser & Neave after acquiring more shares in the group.

Preview of the Year - 2013 - Part IV: Beer

28 January 2013

In the fourth part of Euromonitor's preview of 2013, alcoholic drinks analysts Spiros Malandrakis and Zsuzsa Szilagyi consider what the future holds for the world's brewers.

In the Spotlight - ThaiBev's Charoen Sees off Fraser & Neave Rival

24 January 2013

ThaiBev is poised to take control of Fraser & Neave after rival bidder Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) this week stepped out of the race to acquire the Singapore conglomerate.

SINGAPORE: TCC says latest Fraser & Neave offer is "final"

22 January 2013

ThaiBev-controlled TCC Assets has said its SGD9.55 per share bid for Fraser & Neave is its "final" offer for the group.

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