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How beer faces the growth challenges of tomorrow

Bringing the curtain down on 2018, our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks at the growth-driving strategies of the past and p...

The beer category in 2018 - Review

As the end of the year approaches, just-drinks takes a four-part look at the stories that made the headlines in 2018 across the global drink...


The IARD editorial team | 23 Nov 2018

Once a month, the drinks industry-funded International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which covers alcohol policies worldwide, looks at what's going on in-market to promote a more responsible role for alcohol in society.


Lucy Britner | 5 Nov 2018

It is the glue dots that will do it...


Andy Morton | 25 Oct 2018

Heineken released its Q3 results yesterday and, in the process, shone a light on an as-yet-little-noticed corner of the global beer market. Cambodia is rarely mentioned alongside the big hitters of the South-East Asian alcohol market - namely Thailand and Vietnam. Its relatively-small population of 16m normally keeps it under the radar.


Andy Morton | 16 Aug 2018

Heineken is unlikely to tackle Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand head-on in China following the Dutch brewer's deal with CR Beer, an analyst has forecast. However, the group will be forced to fight for share in China's super-premium tier as international brewers increasingly flock to the growing end of the market.

Latest Interviews

Andy Morton | 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.


Lucy Britner | 13 Feb 2018

just-drinks speaks to Carlsberg CEO Cees 't Hart over email to talk about the wider sustainability challenges for the brewing industry.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 13 Dec 2018

Carlsberg will control 60% of Portugal's Super Bock after taking a stake in the beer group's owner.


Andy Morton | 30 Nov 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev is hoping to set a new industry packaging standard with a test of plastic-free six-packs for its Corona beer brand.


Andy Morton | 20 Nov 2018

Almost three-fifths of UK consumers have tried a low- or no-alcohol beer, new research from Carlsberg has shown, as the segment grows in acceptance in the country's on-premise channel.


Lucy Britner | 5 Nov 2018

The CEO of Carlsberg has said the relaunch of its namesake brand in the UK market will take more than two years.


Lucy Britner | 5 Nov 2018

The CEO of Carlsberg has said the brewer aims to be present in 31 Chinese cities by the end of next year.


Olly Wehring | 1 Nov 2018

Carlsberg has followed last week's upbeat full-year performance review with a strong third-quarter, as group sales rose by high single digits on the back of good weather in Western Europe.


Andy Morton | 25 Oct 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reportedly turned whistleblower against two of its rivals after accusing Heineken and Carlsberg's operations in India of price fixing.


Lucy Britner | 25 Oct 2018

Carlsberg has raised its full-year 2018 outlook after sales and operating profits in the three months to the end of September fared better than expected.


Olly Wehring | 6 Sep 2018

Carlsberg has unveiled a way to package multi-pack can formats without the use of plastic, a proposition that could reduce global plastic waste by around 1,200 tonnes per year.


Andy Morton | 29 Aug 2018

Carlsberg is to increase capacity at its biggest European brewer with a EUR100m (US$117m) investment.


Olly Wehring | 20 Aug 2018

China overtook Russia to become Carlsberg's biggest market in the first half of this year, with the brewer expressing an interest in further M&A activity in Asia.


Olly Wehring | 16 Aug 2018

Carlsberg enjoyed a healthy second quarter of 2018, with growth in the overall first-half of the year outpacing the increase posted in Q1.


Lucy Britner | 13 Aug 2018

Carlsberg has taken majority control of its Cambodian beer JV.


Lucy Britner | 4 Jul 2018

Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery have opened a craft brewing facility in Lithuania.


Olly Wehring | 11 May 2018

Carlsberg has lost a member of its supervisory board, but gained a senior VP of digital business transformation.


Lucy Britner | 4 May 2018

Carlsberg has said it expects the alcohol-free beer category to grow faster than beer, as it announces new alcohol-free brand Birell.


Lucy Britner | 2 May 2018

The head of Carlsberg has hailed the performance of the group's 'strategic priority' brands, as both its 'craft & speciality' and 'alcohol-free' segments saw strong growth in the first quarter of 2018.


Andy Morton | 1 May 2018

Carlsberg's increased focus on non-alcoholic beer paid off in the first quarter, as demand in developed markets helped drive a small sales gain despite weakness in Western Europe for its flagship lager.


Andy Morton | 30 Apr 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Corona Mexican beer has overtaken Skol to retake its crown as Latin America's most valuable brand.


Andy Morton | 28 Mar 2018

Drinks companies operating in the UK that are already braced for next month's sugar tax are facing further disruption after the Government announced plans to introduce a bottle-deposit return system in England.


Olly Wehring | 28 Mar 2018

The UK division of Carlsberg is set to release a premium-positioned extension of the San Miguel beer brand.


Stuart Todd | 16 Mar 2018

Carlsberg is readying a modernisation programme at its Kronenbourg brewery in France, three years after the group invested in adapting the site's operations to handle other SKUs.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 26 Oct 2015

Alcohol companies love a good movie tie-in. A brush with Hollywood glamour seems to give marketers the warm and fuzzies, judging by the number of deals done over the past few years. The new James Bond movie, for example, has both Heineken and Moët Hennessy's Belvedere vodka on board.


Olly Wehring | 28 Jul 2015

It would appear that the folk at the UK arm of Carlsberg have this year found the 'gimmicky' drawer in the marketing office.

Company research

Success Case Study: Carlsberg Export in the UK - Rebranding to capture the Millennial market

Success Case Study: Carlsberg Export in the UK - Rebranding

Core Carlsberg premium lager brand Export had experienced stagnation in the UK market, inspiring a strategic rethink. Carlsberg successfully restyled the product and shifted its demographic appeal, le...

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Carlsberg A/S in Beer (World)

Carlsberg A/S in Beer (World)

Challenging conditions persist in Carlsberg’s core European markets; macroeconomic difficulties in Eastern Europe and a maturity-driven slowdown in Western Europe. As a result, the company continues t...

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Beer in Sweden

Beer in Sweden

Sweden’s economy performed well in 2016 and 2017, enabling consumers to try more expensive, local and specialised products. Average unit price increased due to growing sales of ale, mainly IPAs (India...

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