Blog: It ain't where you're from... according to InBev
Olly Wehring | 20 November 2006
When Interbrew and AmBev hooked up in 2004, it looked to many like Interbrew was conducting a takeover of the South American company. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I half-expected a flow of executives to move across the Atlantic in a westward direction. While eyebrows were raised, however, at the end of last year when AmBev’s CEO Carlos Brito headed to Belgium to take the new company’s top job, the trickle of criticism levelled at the company has grown steadily in the last 11 months.
Local papers reported last week that another Belgian executive is to leave the company. Technical director Andre Weckx has resigned from InBev after 25 years and will be replaced by AmBev veteran Claudio Braz Ferro.
When we spoke to InBev, they were quick to defend their position. “It is InBev’s desire to foster a truly global organisation and bring together experience from around the world,” a spokesperson said. “When choosing our leadership, we aim to select the right person for the job, regardless of nationality. We put in place the best team possible to execute our strategy and to achieve our objectives.”
This comes as a timely reminder to us all that the world is getting smaller, and where you’re from is nowhere near as important as where you’re at. Of course, our industry stirs pride and passion in even the hardest of hearts at times. But the irrationality of nationalism has no place in the 21st century. The very strange situation that occurred last year when the French Prime Minister voiced his opinion on rumours that Pepsi might buy Danone serves as a good example of this.
Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste....
PepsiCo created a stir last week with the news it is testing a product called Caleb's Kola, with some in the media claiming it was the beginning of a new “craft soda” category....
SABMiller's bid to widen the appeal of beer is very much in evidence at its latest 'House of Peroni' - with beer cocktails and a bigger bottle for the Italian lager brand on offer. ...
Here's a round-up of the big stories on just-drinks last week, featuring PepsiCo, SABMiller, the Scotch whisky category and the US wine market....
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- Comment - How Hand-Made is Tito's Handmade Vodka?
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- SABMiller's troubles fuel M&A rumours
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Beam Suntory, Edrington part ways in Travel Retail
- TWE unveils Penfolds range after CEO's "bold move"