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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...

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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 | 3 Mar 2017

In October, Anheuser-Busch InBev completed the US$103bn acquisition of its main rival, SABMiller. ABI started its move in September 2015, when it notified SAB’s board that it was lining up an offer. Over the ensuing 13 months, a raft of SAB assets were offered for sale as ABI looked to navigate anti-competition hurdles. Here, just-drinks details all the subsequent divestments that ABI completed as part of its pursuit of SAB.


Olly Wehring | 6 Oct 2016

I'll spare you the 'Fat Lady' analogies but, if you do hear some singing this week, it's likely to be Anheuser-Busch InBev staff in a good, post-deal-closure mood.


Ben Cooper | 28 Sep 2016

Coca-Cola's recent water-replenishment achievements underline the company's status as a leader in sustainability within the drinks sector. However, Ben Cooper writes, an even greater focus on specific areas of water stress from all drinks companies looks certain to be required to take industry engagement on water to the next level.

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.


Andy Morton | 3 Nov 2015

Two months ago, Tom Kile-Hartshorn's digital marketing agency, Nation, won the right to handle Grolsch's global digital content and social media platforms. 

Latest News

Andy Morton | 23 Jan 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev is offering voluntary redundancy to management in South Africa as it looks to restructure operations in the country following its takeover of SABMiller.


Andy Morton | 21 Dec 2016

The Coca-Cola Co is ahead of schedule with its Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) refranchising after it completed the first phase - acquiring a 54.5% stake in the partnership from Anheuser-Busch InBev.


Olly Wehring | 15 Dec 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed its SABMiller asset divestment programme in time for Christmas, offloading its near-30% stake in Distell today.


Olly Wehring | 13 Dec 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is ending 2016 with the final major divestment of SABMiller assets, as Asahi has agreed to acquire SAB's former operations in Central and Eastern Europe.


Eugene Vorotnikov | 17 Nov 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Anadolu Efes have declined to comment on speculation linking the two brewers to a merger of operations in Russia.


Andy Morton | 7 Nov 2016

Sapporo Holdings is keen to acquire Czech brewer Pilsner Urquell, its president has told just-drinks, but only if the unit is separated from Anheuser-Busch InBev's other former SABMiller assets.


Andy Morton | 28 Oct 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has cut is sales forecast for the year after a Q3 volumes drop in Brazil dragged down nine-month performance.


Andy Morton | 12 Oct 2016

Japanese brewer Asahi has set up a European unit as it takes control of former SABMiller brands Peroni, Groslch and Meantime.


Olly Wehring | 11 Oct 2016

Molson Coors has completed its previously-announced purchase of SABMiller’s stake in their US joint-venture, MillerCoors.


Lucy Britner | 28 Sep 2016

South African conglomerate Remgro has said it is considering a move for SABMiller's stake in wine and spirits group Distell.


Lucy Britner | 28 Sep 2016

SABMiller's shareholders have given Anheuser-Busch InBev the green light to complete its takeover of the UK-headquartered brewer, in what will be the third-largest acquisition in corporate history.


Lucy Britner | 28 Sep 2016

Anhesuer-Busch InBev has said its shareholders have approved the acquisition of SABMiller, moving the deal a step closer to next month's scheduled completion. 


Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2016

MillerCoors is to move marketing for Blue Moon and Leinenkugel's away from its Tenth & Blake craft unit because the two beer brands have grown too big.


Lucy Britner | 16 Sep 2016

The UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide editor has slammed global brewers for "muscling in" on the craft sector in the UK. 


James Atkinson | 16 Sep 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has lined up the appointment of Peter Filipovic as head of operations in Australia upon completion of its purchase of SABMiller.


Andy Morton | 26 Aug 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to start cutting 5,500 jobs from its combined global workforce once it completes its takeover of SABMiller.


Olly Wehring | 23 Aug 2016

SABMiller’s shareholders will be split into two camps to vote next month on Anheuser-Busch InBev’s proposed takeover.


Andy Morton | 12 Aug 2016

SABMiller has confirmed its Carlton and United Breweries CEO, Ari Mervis, will leave the Australian unit after the Anheuser-Busch InBev takeover.


Andy Morton | 4 Aug 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev's executive committee will retain only one SABMiller employee as it prepares a clear-out of the takeover target's staff and global offices.


Lucy Britner | 2 Aug 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has said it expects to close the purchase of SABMiller on 10 October. 


Andy Morton | 2 Aug 2016

MillerCoors has blamed shipment timings for a weak Q2 that dragged down the first-half, but praised its light beer performance.


Lucy Britner | 29 Jul 2016

SABMiller has said its board intends to recommend Anheuser-Busch InBev's revised offer of GBP45 per share. 

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 10 Oct 2016

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions.


Andy Morton | 14 Oct 2015

With the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller deal nicely on its way, the real business can begin in earnest - thinking up a new company name.

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