Blog: They shall drink beer, says FIFA
Chris Mercer | 19 January 2012
Just imagine a football World Cup without beer? Go on, imagine it. You can't, can you? Well, neither can FIFA.
The world football body has told its next World Cup host, Brazil, to forget about continuing to ban alcoholic drinks at the nation's stadiums. It's an issue causing some political problems in Brazil, which, like other host nations before it, will have to subjugate its laws and customs to those of the Democratic People's Republic of FIFA for the duration of the four-week tournament in 2014.
Brazil banned alcohol from stadiums in 2003, but FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke is standing tall. He told a press conference today (19 January): "Alcoholic drinks are part of the FIFA World Cup, so we're going to have them. The fact that we have the right to sell beer has to be a part of the Law."
Are you getting that, Brazil? It's a FACT that Fifa has the right to sell beer.
Of course, Brazil's biggest brewer, AmBev, is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which counts Budweiser as the official beer of the FIFA World Cup.
Honestly, though, I think Valcke's got a point. Has anyone tried watching England without beer? It's horrific...
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....
- Diageo's future brighter than present suggests
- Diageo's Q1 Results by Region
- Analysis - Remy's Cognac "dead-cat bounce"
- SABMiller's troubles fuel M&A rumours
- Focus - Remy Cointreau's H1 Performance by Brand
- Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet
- Diageo puts Beckham centre stage in Haig Club ad
- United Spirits sees Q1 net loss
- Diageo Q1 sales dip "in line with expectations"
- TWE unveils Penfolds range after CEO's "bold move"