This week in beer and cider

This week in beer and cider

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.

Constellation Brands has moved into craft beer for the first time with the purchase of San Diego craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for US$1bn.

Constellation Brands' beer ambitions took a giant leap forward in 2012 when it secured the US rights to Grupo Modelo's brands. Yesterday, it took another big stride with the US$1bn acquisition of craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Completion of Anheuser-Busch InBev's purchase of SABMiller could take as long as 18 months, just-drinks has learnt.

Carlsberg has upped its official beer partnerships to include half of the clubs in the English Premier League after signing a deal with Watford.

Diageo has opened its experimental Guinness brewery to the public. The move, announced this week, reaffirms the company's emphasis on innovation within the beer brand, following the launch of the Brewers Project in September. last year.

Carlsberg has said that a recent change in the UK to its supplier terms, which has drawn the ire of several business organisations, does not apply to all of its suppliers.

Heineken has launched five city guides in the US as it partners with men's fashion stores to reach influential drinkers. 

Anheuser-Busch InBev's US arm has extended its tie-up with Daytona International Speedway.