25 April 2013
It was five years ago this week that the brewing industry said its final farewell to Scottish & Newcastle. The UK-based company saw its shares cease trading on 25 April, 2008, after Carlsberg and Heineken teamed up to buy and then split up the firm.
24 April 2013
This morning (24 April), Heineken released a trading update for its first quarter. Here, just-drinks takes a look at its group beer volumes performance on a regional basis.
22 April 2013
Brewers in Australia are urging the Government to follow the UK's lead by taking action on beer duty, according to local reports.
3 April 2013
Diageo's move to take control of The UB Group's United Spirits division remains on course, despite court approval for UB's creditors to sell off pledged shares in the unit, just-drinks understands.
14 March 2013
Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) has confirmed it has pulled the brand Victoria Pale Lager as it steps its focus on reviving Victoria Bitter.
7 February 2013
United Breweries has posted a strong rise in profits for its year to date, but flagged that previous-year moves meant the numbers are "not comparable".
4 February 2013
Bacardi has appointed a former Foster's Group and Diageo executive as its new chief marketing officer.
8 January 2013
United Spirits has lined up the disposal of its stake in sister firm United Breweries once the Diageo deal completes.
7 January 2013
Diageo has circumnavigated many years of work building up a spirits distribution network in India by buying a majority stake in United Spirits, according to a senior executive from one of the Indian group’s sister companies.
30 November 2012
United Breweries' CFO is stepping down at the end of the year to transfer to the same role with Heineken France.
29 November 2012
The boss of Treasury Wine Estates has hit out at Australia's plans for a minimum price on alcohol, claiming the measure would fail to address excessive drinking.
19 November 2012
The head of Indian alcohol production and retail company the Wave Group was shot dead in Delhi last weekend.
14 November 2012
Double-digit volume growth in key markets has helped United Breweries report strong rises in first-half profits and sales.
19 October 2012
This third - and penultimate - part of October's management briefing, looking at the logistics landscape, shines the light on Asia Pacific.
16 October 2012
A government-commissioned report outlining plans for a minimum price on alcohol in Australia is due to be released this month, but the measure is facing fierce industry opposition.
5 September 2012
SABMiller has called time on the current formula for its Victoria Bitter brand in Australia, after the beer lost its market leadership status earlier this year.
23 August 2012
An analyst has downgraded SABMiller's rating as the brewer's recently-acquired Foster's Group looks set to face tougher competition in Australia.
21 August 2012
Deregulation of the Indian beer market could grow the country's profit pool by 14 times its current size by 2016, according to an analyst.
7 August 2012
Social media remains a minefield for businesses - particularly drinks companies. While Twitter appears to be addressing the problems, by introducing a blanket age-gating system, Facebook is throwing up different issues. And two recent rulings in Australia will do nothing to reduce the number of sleepless nights for marketers.
30 March 2012
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28 March 2012
Neither Heineken nor the UB Group have been drawn on speculation suggesting that the Dutch brewer is poised to raise its stake in UB's United Breweries unit.
24 February 2012
United Spirits has denied reports that it has provided a guaranteee to the ailing Kingfisher Airlines, as questions mount over owner Vijay Mallya's options for both businesses.
8 February 2012
United Breweries has announced that it will merge Scottish & Newcastle India Ltd into itself.
7 February 2012
United Breweries has reported a jump in nine-month beer sales, but profits were damaged by higher packaging, advertising and finance costs.
16 January 2012
UB Group's financial difficulties have lead to reports that it is again mulling a stock listing for Whyte & Mackay, as the pressure grows for greater outside investment in the firm's spirits and beer businesses.
22 December 2011
As 2011 draws to a close, just-drinks once again launches its review of the global drinks industry. Made up of five parts, the review makes up December's management briefing for just-drinks suscribers. Coming up between now and Christmas, we'll look at how the last 12 months have treated the soft drinks, spirits, bottled water and wine sectors. To start, Chris Mercer takes a look at how the beer industry fared in 2011.
22 December 2011
United Spirits has said that it will use foreign currency convertible bonds to raise cash to pay down high interest-bearing debt.
5 December 2011
Last week, we bade farewell to Foster's Group as SABMiller closed its acquisition of the Australian brewer. Although the beer sector's thirst for consolidation has been relentless, Foster's also contributed strongly to its own downfall. Here, just-drinks identifies five key factors that led to the brewer's sale to SABMiller.
1 November 2011
United Breweries has claimed more beer market share gains in India, but net profits for the group's fiscal half-year dropped due to higher interest charges.
13 October 2011
The battle between SABMiller and Foster's Group for control of the Australian brewer took a turn in favour of SABMiller last month, when Foster's board approved its takeover offer. Our regular beer commentator, Pete Best, admits to being initially puzzled by SABMiller’s move - and he wasn't the only one.