The week in beer

The week in beer

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global beer & cider categories. We also have similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.

SABMiller has been granted an extension on today's deadline for Anheuser-Busch InBev to make a firm takeover offer. 

Asked what disappointed him the most about C&C Group's first-half results, CEO Stephen Glancey turned the question around and told just-drinks he preferred to look at the positives.

Heineken released a strong set of Q3 numbers and the consensus from analysts seems to be: We knew it would be good, but not this good. Which, of course, always begs the question - what's next? 

C&C Group has said its Woodchuck cider brand will find space to grow in the US as mainstream brewers leave the category to chase hard root beer sales and other new trends.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has seen reported profits drop in its third quarter, dragging the year-to-date down.

C&C Group is to release a low-carb, 99% sugar free cider in Australia under its Magners brand. 

The US beer market is expected to grow slightly this year after nominal increases in 2014, a new report reveals.

Boston Beer Co increased both margins and volumes to post a nine-month sales and profits jump, but increased competition for Samuel Adams saw it cut back on its full-year outlook.

The Danish government's decision to reduce beer excise duty two years ago, coupled with the halving and subsequent repealing last year a special tax on soft drinks, has boosted local sales in the sectors.