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When BRIC markets go horribly wrong

The general intention of Japan's drinks companies to break out of their domestic market has been a headline of the last six years, at least....

The season of Japanese goodwill in M&A - Comment

It is an established fact that, desperate for growth outside of their stagnant home market, Japanese companies have frequently had to pay a...

Sipsmith and spirits players’ fight to cover craft

Even before today’s news that Beam Suntory has filled the premium gin-shaped hole in its portfolio, we at just-drinks had concluded that 201...

How mid-sized brewers cope with consolidation

As consolidation at each end of the beer spectrum dominates the headlines, Stephen Beaumont looks at the squeeze on those in the middle. How...

Latest Interviews

Interview - Sapporo president Tsutomu Kamijo 22 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

Sapporo Holdings is one of Japan's biggest alcohol and soft drinks producers and the country's oldest brewer. This month, Andy Morton met with its president, Tsutomu Kamijo, to discuss why he'd like to get his hands on Anheuser-Busch InBev's Pilsner Urquell, the state of play in Vietnam and why even BrewDog's founder gets excited about Sapporo's beer.


Interview, Andy Thomas, Craft Brew Alliance CEO 13 Oct 2016

Lucy Britner

Andy Thomas moved up to the CEO position at Craft Brew Alliance in 2014, following several years in the company's commercial operations. Previously, he spent 12 years at Heineken USA - the last two of which were as unit president. Thomas's experience in big brewing has proved useful at CBA, as the company moves to deepen its ties with major shareholder Anheuser-Busch InBev. In part one of this two-part interview, Thomas provides insight into the latest deal, which gives AB InBev a staggered, qualified offer option to acquire CBA.

Latest News

US wholesalers combine to form Northwest Beverages 23 Jan 17

Lucy Britner

Three Pacific Northwest wholesale companies have agreed to combine their businesses in the US as the sector continues to consolidate.


Molson Coors invests in Spain's Cervezas La Sagra 20 Jan 17

Andy Morton

Molson Coors has bought a stake in Spanish brewery Cervezas La Sagra.


Heineken in talks to buy Kirin's Brazil presence 20 Jan 17

Olly Wehring

Heineken has confirmed that it is in "ongoing" discussions with Kirin Holdings over the possible acquisition of the Japanese group's Brazilian brewing operations.


A-B InBev acquires Spain's Cervezas La Virgen 19 Jan 17

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev's venture capital unit, ZX Ventures, has bought Spanish brewery Cervezas La Virgen.


Diageo mulls United Spirits stake buy - report 18 Jan 17

Andy Morton

Diageo is considering upping its stake in United Spirits, according to a report.


The Beach Whiskey Co buys American Harvest vodka 11 Jan 17

Lucy Britner

US spirits company The Beach Whiskey Co has bought the American Harvest organic vodka brand. 

Latest blogs

SABMiller's last word 10 Oct 16

Andy Morton

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions.


Ex-Kraft CFO - Is Boston Beer Co readying a sale? 11 Jan 16

Olly Wehring

This may have slipped under the wire at the end of last year, but could a pre-Christmas HR announcement signal Boston Beer Co's preparedness for a sale?

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