The week in beer

The week in beer

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global beer & cider category. We are also running similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has taken majority control of Michigan cider maker Virtue Cider.

Cider Australia has called on the government to enforce country-of-origin labelling or risk domestic cider makers going under.

The past few months have seen Diageo and SABMiller linked with any number of possible suitors, as acquisition talk surrounding the two companies hit new highs.

UK off-trade group Conviviality Retail is to take full ownership of Matthew Clark after owners Accolade Wines and Punch Taverns agreed to a GBP200m (US$300m) sale.

India's beer market leader United Breweries has further increased its share in the country, according to figures released earlier this month.

US brewer MillerCoors has appointed interim head Gavin Hattersley as its permanent CEO.

Brick Brewing Co has said it is pleased with its half-year position, with sales and operating profits in the first six months of fiscal-2016 both performing well.

Heineken has moved into craft beer for the first time with the purchase of a 50% stake in Californian craft brewer Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Heineken has roared out of the craft beer blocks with news yesterday it was taking a 50% stake in Lagunitas Brewing Co.

MillerCoors has followed Heineken earlier this week with its own acquisition in the US craft beer category, this time for a majority holding in Saint Archer Brewing Co.