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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).

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.

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?

The winning ownership model, SABMiller lives and the CEO's money worries - The just-drinks Analyst

31 May 2018

In this month's visit to our pages, just-drinks' in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, settles the company ownership debate, finds flickering embers of SABMiller and offers sympathies to CEOs dealing with rejected salary requests.

Health & wellness "good for beer" - Asahi Europe CEO

10 May 2018

The head of Asahi Europe has calmed concerns that younger consumers are more likely to hit the gym than their local bar, telling just-drinks that the health & wellness trend is "good for beer".

"All of us feel a great deal of responsibility" - just-drinks meets Hector Gorosabel, Asahi Europe CEO - Part II

10 May 2018

After leading the sell-off of SABMiller's European beer brands to Asahi, Hector Gorosabel was then hired by the Japanese group to take them to a new audience, as CEO of its European office. In the second of just-drinks' two-part interview (click here for part I), Gorosabel discusses how the old SAB playbook is still in use, the challenges of brewing Asahi Super Dry in Europe, and why the health & wellness trend shouldn't frighten the beer industry.

"At SABMiller, we went through a bit of disbelief and almost denial" - just-drinks meets Hector Gorosabel, Asahi Europe CEO - Part I

8 May 2018

As the man in charge of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Grolsch and SABMiller's other European brands sold off after its takeover, Hector Gorosabel had a front-row seat for the dismantlement of one of the world's major brewers. Then, Asahi came calling and offered him the chance to lead his former charges in a fresh direction for the Japanese giant. In a two-part interview with just-drinks, Gorosabel discusses how he came to accept his new role, and reveals the behind-the-scenes emotions as SABMiller went out of existence.

Will 2018 be the year we solve the plastic problem? – Sustainability Spotlight

13 Feb 2018

Earlier this month, just-drinks talked to Evian global brand director Patricia Oliva about the water brand's recent commitment to make all its bottles from recycled plastic by 2025. Here, sustainability editor Ben Cooper considers how Evian's move underlines the increased attention being focused on plastics recycling. Ben also flags up some other sustainability hotspots for the coming year.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - January 2018

5 Feb 2018

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during January.

What's coming up in beer in 2018? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

23 Jan 2018

Our 2018 category previews continue. Here, beer industry commentator Stephen Beaumont shares his predictions on how the brewing world will weather the year ahead.

Asahi Holdings brings Italy-brewed Super Dry to UK market

15 Jan 2018

Asahi Holdings has relaunched its core beer Asahi Super Dry in the UK as it looks to Europe to make up for weak domestic sales.

Asahi Group Holdings delivers on pledge to sell Indonesia soft drinks JVs

2 Jan 2018

Asahi Group Holdings has readied its previously-announced intention to offload two soft drinks joint-ventures in Indonesia.

Asahi to offload Tsingtao Brewery Co stake for US$941m

20 Dec 2017

Asahi Group Holdings has agreed to sell its stake in China's Tsingtao Brewery Co.

"It is for drinks producers to be the most committed partners of governments to tackle the harmful use of alcohol" - Interview, Henry Ashworth, CEO of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking - Part II

7 Dec 2017

In November, just-drinks grabbed some time with the CEO of the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, Henry Ashworth. The first part of our resultant interview, which can be found here, saw Ashworth explain what the organisation does and how it defines success. Here, in part two, we discuss IARD's relationship with the World Health Organisation and tackle the thorny issue of pricing as a tool in responsible drinking's arsenal.

Asahi's Meantime Brewing Co unveils blendable beers in coffee tie-up

17 Oct 2017

Asahi's London brewery, Meantime Brewing Co, has launched two limited-edition beers, designed to be mixed together to give consumers a latte-style blend of coffee and cream ale.

Asahi asset tidy continues with Tsingtao Brewery Co stake poised for offload

16 Oct 2017

Asahi Group Holdings has started the wheels rolling on a potential divestment of its stake in China's Tsingtao Brewery Co.

Maritime & Mercantile International secures Asahi distribution after South Africa deal

9 Oct 2017

Dubai-based distributor Maritime & Mercantile International is to handle Asahi's portfolio in South Africa after acquiring a majority stake in Brand 2 Consumer Premium Drinks Co.

Asahi's Meantime Gluten-Free Pale Ale - Product Launch

29 Sep 2017

Asahi's UK brewery Meantime has launched its first gluten-free beer.

Asahi readies European production for Super Dry - report

25 Sep 2017

Asahi is to start producing its Super Dry beer brand in Europe, the brewer's president has told reporters. 

Asahi ready to spend "billions of dollars" more on M&A - report

21 Sep 2017

Japanese brewer Asahi has reportedly said it is ready to follow its recent burst of acquisition activity with "billions of dollars" more in spending.

Drinks industry emphasises responsibility efforts in latest progress report

11 Sep 2017

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking has released its fourth annual Producers’ Commitments progress report.

Asahi Group sets up in-house subsidiary in Taiwan - report

24 Aug 2017

Japanese alcohol producer Asahi Group is to go it alone in Taiwan after setting up a wholly-owned subsidiary, according to reports out of Japan.

Japan beer woes deepen as H1 shipments decline again - report

13 Jul 2017

Japan's domestic beer shipments fell to a record low for the fifth first-half-year in a row, as all three segments of the category declined amid tax changes, according to local reports.

Asahi pulls out of Tingyi-Asahi Beverages Holdings joint-venture in China

30 Jun 2017

Asahi has agreed to sell its stake in the Tingyi-Asahi Beverages soft drinks unit in China to Tingyi.

Asahi keeps Peroni Nastro Azzurro in frame with UK billboard campaign

5 Jun 2017

Asahi is continuing to focus investment on recent European acquisition Peroni Nastro Azzurro with the launch of a new outdoor marketing campaign.

What role will Asia play in the future of beer, spirits and soft drinks? - The just-drinks Analyst

11 Apr 2017

Having focused (virtually) on Brazil in his last piece, this month our correspondent Ian Shackleton travels to Asia. Here, the former analyst shares a few thoughts on how the region might take on the West when it comes to beverages.

Anheuser-Busch InBev finalises former SABMiller beer assets sale

31 Mar 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed its divestment of SABMiller's former Central & European beer assets for EUR7.3bn (US$7.7bn).

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