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Olly Wehring | 3 Mar 2017

In October, Anheuser-Busch InBev completed the US$103bn acquisition of its main rival, SABMiller. ABI started its move in September 2015, when it notified SAB’s board that it was lining up an offer. Over the ensuing 13 months, a raft of SAB assets were offered for sale as ABI looked to navigate anti-competition hurdles. Here, just-drinks details all the subsequent divestments that ABI completed as part of its pursuit of SAB.


Andy Morton | 19 Dec 2016

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


Ben Cooper | 30 Nov 2016

The latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.


Olly Wehring | 27 Jul 2016

On Friday, Anheuser-Busch InBev will announce its second-quarter and half-year results. Here, just-drinks looks at the global beer company's activities in the three months to the end of June.

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James Wilmore | 1 Jun 2012

Founded in 1575, Bols claims to be the oldest spirits brand in the world. After a rocky recent past, the company is back in Dutch hands. just-drinks caught up with Lucas Bols' self-styled “chief energizing officer” Huub van Doorne to talk about the company's plans, the launch of its new yoghurt liqueur and why the brand is big in Japan.


Olly Wehring | 28 Jun 2011

Last week we ran the first part of our exclusive interview with the chief marketing officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Chris Burggraeve. Here's part two, in which Olly Wehring tries to get inside the inner sanctum of A-B InBev. Read on to learn how successful he was.

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Andy Morton | 23 Mar 2017

Tsingtao Brewery has warned full-year profits will be down by almost two-fifths in the Chinese brewer's starkest admission yet of its problems.


Andy Morton | 20 Feb 2017

Asahi Group's alcohol and soft drinks units drove up sales and profits last year to deliver a strong performance for the Japanese conglomerate.


Andy Morton | 9 Feb 2017

Carlsberg is the "logical buyer" for Asahi's Tsingtao stake if the 20% interest goes on sale, an analyst has said.


Andy Morton | 1 Feb 2017

Asahi has launched a gluten-free Peroni Nastro Azzurro in the UK, joining other brewers in targeting beer at coeliacs and those looking to lead a gluten-free lifestyle.


Andy Morton | 25 Jan 2017

Domestic beer volumes in Japan fell by 3% last year as shipments from all five major brewers declined, according to local reports.


Olly Wehring | 13 Dec 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is ending 2016 with the final major divestment of SABMiller assets, as Asahi has agreed to acquire SAB's former operations in Central and Eastern Europe.


Andy Morton | 17 Nov 2016

Asahi's Australian unit has launched a gin-based RTD brand that targets consumers who don't like tonic. 


Andy Morton | 16 Nov 2016

Former SABMiller UK craft brewer Meantime Brewing Co has launched its first marketing campaign since its takeover by Asahi Holdings.


Andy Morton | 7 Nov 2016

Sapporo Holdings is keen to acquire Czech brewer Pilsner Urquell, its president has told just-drinks, but only if the unit is separated from Anheuser-Busch InBev's other former SABMiller assets.


Andy Morton | 2 Nov 2016

RTD innovation Mogitate Chuhai has helped boost Asahi's nine-month sales.


Andy Morton | 12 Oct 2016

Japanese brewer Asahi has set up a European unit as it takes control of former SABMiller brands Peroni, Groslch and Meantime.


Andy Morton | 11 Oct 2016

New-look Anheuser-Busch InBev has started life as an enlarged company with divestments worth a combined US$4.4m.


Andy Morton | 20 Jul 2016

Suntory and Asahi have settled a dispute over intellectual property rights for non-alcoholic beer, according to a report.


Lucy Britner | 7 Jul 2016

Asahi has added a new variant to its Clear Asahi range, designed to pair with food from a specific region. 


Andy Morton | 6 Jul 2016

A shortage of Japanese whisky is forcing drinks producers in Japan to turn to imported spirits, according to a report.


Lucy Britner | 20 Jun 2016

SABMiller's 2016 Annual Report has confirmed the details behind the acquisition of London-based Meantime Brewery.


Andy Morton | 6 Jun 2016

Asahi may splash out GBP5bn (US$7.2bn) on SABMiller's Eastern European beer brands, including Pilsner Urquel, according to a report.


Lucy Britner | 24 May 2016

The European Union has approved Anheuser-Busch InBev's US$107bn takeover of SABMiller.


Andy Morton | 18 May 2016

Asahi is to target overseas M&A worth JPY400bn (US$3.7bn) as it looks to expand distribution of its Super Dry brand, according to a report.


Olly Wehring | 29 Apr 2016

Competitive issues among the world's larger brewers may result in a private equity company leading the race for SABMiller's assets in Central & Eastern Europe, an analyst has told just-drinks.


Andy Morton | 28 Apr 2016

Asahi's overseas businesses have posted a drop in Q1 sales ahead of the Japanese brewer's takeover of SABMiller's European beer brands.


Lucy Britner | 19 Apr 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has accepted Asahi's offer to acquire SABMiller's European premium brands, as it moves closer to completing its acquisition of SAB.

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Asahi Soft Drinks Co Ltd, the second largest business division in the Asahi Group, is restructuring its earning structure by focusing on six major brands including Calpis and by developing health-rela...

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