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Anheuser-Busch InBev takes bite out of debt pile after US$5bn share sale

1 Oct 2019

Anheuser-Busch InBev has paid down more than US$6m in debt days after a money-raising IPO in Hong Kong.

Asahi Group redraws beer structure in Europe, international

13 Sep 2019

Asahi Group has confirmed to just-drinks its intention to create two new divisions covering its European and international operations.

Why drinks CEOs last longer, what your head office says about you and Anheuser-Busch InBev's box of surprises - The just-drinks Analyst

20 Aug 2019

Our resident analyst returns! Ian Shackleton is back to give us his monthly take on recent industry developments as viewed through the eyes of an investor. This month, Ian looks at the acceptable tenure for a CEO, why a company's choice of head office location matters and what has been an up-and-down few weeks for Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Greene King follows Fuller, Smith & Turner with UK offload

19 Aug 2019

Greene King has lined up a near-US$6bn sale to Hong Kong's CK Asset Holdings, fulfilling a prophesy earlier this year that the UK brewer and pub operator would follow Fuller, Smith & Turner with a divestment.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - July 2019

12 Aug 2019

Here, a little later than usual, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during July, with Molson Coors' European exploits and Pernod Ricard's Myanmar adventure both overshadowed by Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to offload its Australian operations to Asahi Group.

How did Anheuser-Busch InBev perform in H1 2019? - results data

25 Jul 2019

Anheuser-Busch InBev's biggest quarterly volumes increase in five years has helped the global brewer put a busy month behind it with the delivery of a solid first-half performance.

Responsible drinking activations around the world - The IARD Digest - July 2019

24 Jul 2019

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, reviews some of the industry activities designed to promote a more responsible role for alcohol in society. Here's a look at what's been going on in recent weeks.

Asahi lines up Australian domination at a price that's right - Analysis

19 Jul 2019

If the reason behind Anheuser-Busch InBev offloading CUB are short-term and obvious - the payment of debt - Asahi's purchase of the Australian beer unit is driven by more far-sighted ambitions.

Groans turn to cheers as Anheuser-Busch InBev divestment brings Australian sunshine - Analysis

19 Jul 2019

The velveted brickbats were flying earlier in the week after Anheuser-Busch InBev pulled the plug on its Asia-Pacific IPO. "A rare misstep," said Bernstein. "The signal is pretty bad," added AlphaValue.

The beer category in Australia - Market & brand data

19 Jul 2019

Earlier today, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its intention to offload all of the group's operations in Australia to Asahi. Here, with the help of figures from GlobalData, just-drinks looks at the Australian beer market and its growth prospects relative to Asia.

Anheuser-Busch InBev to offload Australia operations to Asahi

19 Jul 2019

In the same month that the brewer's proposed flotation in Asia-Pacific collapsed, Anheuser-Busch Inbev has agreed the sale of its Carlton & United Breweries unit in Australia to Asahi Group Holdings.

Tribeology’s Bodega Bay Hard Seltzer - Product Launch

18 Jul 2019

UK start-up Tribeology has rolled out an alcoholic sparkling water in its home market under the brand name Bodega Bay.

Carlsberg to open London Fields brewery in August

19 Jun 2019

Carlsberg is to open a small-batch brewery and tap room in the UK for its London Fields craft beer JV.

Asahi continues Fuller's link to London football team with stadium farewell campaign

18 Jun 2019

Asahi's UK unit has stepped up a long-standing link between its recently-acquired Fuller's brewery and English football team Brentford as the London-based club enters the final year at its current stadium.

Global drinks deals in Q1 2019 - data

1 May 2019

A total of US$1.64bn changed hands in the global drinks industry during the first quarter of this year, according to a deals database collated by GlobalData.

Responsible drinking activations around the world - The IARD Digest - April 2019

18 Apr 2019

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, reviews some of the industry activities designed to promote a more responsible role for alcohol in society. Here's a look at what's been going on so far in April.

What will be Carlsberg's priorities for the years ahead? – Analysis

21 Mar 2019

Following on from just-drinks' analysis this month of Carlsberg's performance over the last five years, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers the takeaways for the wider brewing industry.

Carlsberg Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

21 Mar 2019

In early-February, Carlsberg released its full-year results for 2018. The brewer saw sales last year climb by 6.5% with volumes rising by just under 5%. Here, just-drinks considers Carlsberg's performance over the last five years to see what the wider beer category can learn from the Danish group.

Fuller’s head brewer leaves in wake of Asahi purchase

15 Mar 2019

Fuller’s has lost its head brewer just two months after Asahi bought the London brewery’s beer operations.

Greene King to follow Fuller's in UK brewing exit? - analyst

14 Mar 2019

Greene King could be the next UK pub estate to offload its brewery operations, with Heineken or Anheuser-Busch InBev a potential buyer, an analyst has forecast.

Who won in results season, how to read the warning signs and will UK beer ever stop consolidating? - The just-drinks Analyst

19 Feb 2019

The just-drinks analyst returns! This month, Ian Shackleton runs his investor eye over the latest set of drinks companies' results. He also considers what to look out for before the flames take hold of a company and how the UK brewing category remains a consolidatory hotbed.

Has Fuller's sold up or sold out? - just-drinks thinks

25 Jan 2019

"Immortalised in the name of one of our famous ales, 1845 is a year that will forever be Fuller’s," reads the London Pride owner's website. "It was then that the partnership papers of Fuller, Smith & Turner were officially signed, marking the start of something very special for London’s brewery scene."

Asahi Group snaps up Fuller's beer business for US$326m

25 Jan 2019

Asahi's European unit has agreed to purchase London-based Fuller, Smith & Turner's beer unit, in a deal worth GBP250m (US$326m).

Asahi's Peroni Nastro Azzurro set for US exposure in nation-wide campaign

22 Jan 2019

Asahi's Peroni Nastro Azzurro brand will be the subject of a national US marketing campaign for the first time, with the Italian beer set to feature alongside the Oscars and in several TV spots.

Asahi's Peroni Libera 0.0% - Product Launch

2 Jan 2019

Asahi has added an alcohol-free beer under its Peroni brand. Peroni Libera 0.0% is described as the "first super-premium alcohol-free beer" to enter the UK market.

Asian beer brands spike in value as China premiumises - study

16 Nov 2018

Asian beer is enjoying a global high as a number of top-selling brews climbed the rankings in a new list of the world's most valuable beer brands.

Leading Chinese brewers drive up H1 sales on premium focus - report

30 Aug 2018

China's two biggest brewers have posted first-half sales rises as consumers increasingly move to premium beers, according to a report.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro gets overhaul as owner Asahi rings the changes

1 Aug 2018

Asahi has announced a redesign of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, described as the Italian beer brand's biggest revamp since 2005.

Japan’s "summer of clear" tests the conventional wisdom on beverage colours - NPD trends

25 Jul 2018

A burst of clear-coloured beverage innovation in Japan this summer is challenging the traditional role of colour in beverage innovation, potentially providing new insights into the role colour plays in beverage choice. The conventional wisdom is that colour strongly affects the perceived taste and flavour of a beverage. Removing colour can be both disruptive and attention grabbing, but can violating colour-flavour norms really be a path to success in beverage innovation?

Asahi’s St Stefanus Blanche - Product Launch

4 Jun 2018

Asahi has lined up an addition to its St Stefanus beer brand, starting in the UK.

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