The week in beer and cider on just-drinks

The week in beer and cider on just-drinks

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.

With pressure from above, from the global brewers, and from below, thanks to craft brewers, the 'world beers' segment has been feeling the squeeze of late. In his latest just-drinks column, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers how the mid-sized companies can ease the pressure.

The European Commission has put forward a regulation that would prevent drinks brands from refusing to sell to consumers in a foreign European Union member state, if a distributor is prepared to export the product.

Looking for a single reason why the ready-to-drink (RTD) category is set for such strong progress during the coming five years will be a fruitless task. Yet, it is for that exact reason why the segment's future is so rosy.

?South Africa's Competition Commission has approved Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover of SABMiller, provided the merged entity sells SAB's stake in Distell.

Heineken's new partner Lagunitas has seen seen sales soar in the past year as craft beer connected to mainstream breweries outpaced independent rivals, new IRI off-trade figures show.

Earlier this week, Chicago-based market research firm IRI released a list of the biggest craft beer brands in the US off-premise. Here, for the 12 months to 15 May, is the top 20.

Mahou San Miguel has reported a double-digit rise in full-year operating profits on a 2% lift in sales.

The trade body for US craft beer has warned that Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover of SABMiller could "choke off America's beer renaissance".