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Carlsberg Group agrees Wernesgruner Brewery purchase from Bitburger Braugruppe

12 Oct 2020

Carlsberg Group is to buy German beer brand Wernesgrüner from Bitburger Braugruppe.

Carlsberg secures go-ahead for UK tie-up with Marston's

9 Oct 2020

Carlsberg has won approval from UK competition authorities for its brewing joint-venture with Marston's.

Diageo sets up UK direct-to-consumer Haig Club store

28 Sep 2020

Diageo has given the Haig Club Scotch whisky brand its own direct-to-consumer website in the UK as alcohol companies continue to ramp up their e-commerce presence post-coronavirus.

Ex-Danone executive added to Lauren-Perrier board

25 Sep 2020

Laurent-Perrier has confirmed a change of personnel on its supervisory board, with former Danone executive Philippe-Loïc Jacob joining the Champagne house.

Portman Group appoints next chair

22 Sep 2020

UK trade organisation The Portman Group has filled the position of chair, ten months after the previous incumbent stepped down.

Corporate Social Responsibility activations around the world - The IARD Digest - September 2020

18 Sep 2020

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

Carlsberg follows double-digit H1 sales slide with upbeat August

17 Sep 2020

Carlsberg has suggested that a corner has been turned in 2020 after a first-half decimated by COVID-19.

Pernod Ricard to scale up Absolut paper bottles "as soon as possible"

9 Sep 2020

Pernod Ricard is looking to accelerate its distribution of new paper bottles, which are set for consumer trials before the end of the year.

Budejovicky Budvar drops plastic for cardboard in UK multi-packs

4 Sep 2020

Budejovicky Budvar is the latest brewer to switch the packaging for its multi-packs from plastic to paper-based toppers.

Vietnam readies offload of final SABECO stake with ThaiBev in pole position - report

1 Sep 2020

The Vietnamese government has completed the first step in the divestment of its remaining stake in brewer Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (SABECO), according to state media.

Why no- and low-alcohol is a good news story but not free from controversy- sustainability spotlight

20 Aug 2020

The growing sales of no- and low-alcohol offerings have given brewers and drinks companies the rare opportunity to convey a positive health and wellness message, Ben Cooper writes. However, controversy is never far away.

UK to probe Carlsberg, Marston's tie-up

20 Aug 2020

The UK's monopoly watchdog is to investigate Carlsberg's proposed brewing merger in the country with Marston's.

How the second quarter has played out, how the on-premise has been performing and how South Africa has stepped back from the brink - The just-drinks Analyst

18 Aug 2020

In his latest report from the investment front-line, just-drinks in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, reviews second-quarter performances, bemoans the troubled return after lockdown of the on-premise channel and cheers his recent predictions in South Africa.

Heineken joins move away from plastic with cardboard toppers in UK

18 Aug 2020

Heineken has fulfilled a pledge to replace plastic rings on multipacks in the UK as the company joins other global brewers in unveiling cardboard toppers.

Carlsberg confirms H1 results, upbeat on health & wellness after COVID - results data

13 Aug 2020

Carlsberg has added further details to its half-year performance, a month after reporting an 11.6% decline in six-month sales.

Coca-Cola European Partners readies paperboard gatherers for multi-packs

11 Aug 2020

Coca-Cola European Partners is set to ditch plastic rings on multi-packs in one of its European markets, plumping instead for a recyclable paperboard alternative.

Heineken hands Europa League sponsorship to Heineken 0.0

3 Aug 2020

Dutch brewer Heineken has removed Amstel as the beer partner of the UEFA Europa League, promoting non-alcoholic Heineken 0.0 into the prominent sports sponsorship slot.

Carlsberg UK unveils Pour To Door e-commerce store

24 Jul 2020

Carlsberg has launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform in the UK as brewers focus on digital sales in the wake of the coronavirus.

Oversight switch postpones Carlsberg, Marston's JV to Q4

23 Jul 2020

Carlsberg's proposed joint-venture with UK brewer Marston's has been postponed until later this year.

Here come the numbers, there goes sustainability and where is South Africa's alcohol industry? - The just-drinks Analyst

21 Jul 2020

As we embark on the latest round of companies results, resident analyst Ian Shackleton returns to set the scene on what investors are considering when looking at the drinks industry. Ian also shares his thoughts on drinking Scotch from a paper bottle while sounding South Africa's alarm bells.

Corporate Social Responsibility activations around the world - The IARD Digest - July 2020

20 Jul 2020

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

Diageo, Pepsico, Unilever ready plastic-free bottle for 2021

13 Jul 2020

Diageo has teamed up with PepsiCo and Unilever on a rival project to Carlsberg, The Coca-Cola Co and Pernod Ricard's to scale up the roll-out of paper-based bottles.

Brewers should offload value assets as worst-case COVID scenario fails to materialise - comment

10 Jul 2020

In the same way that sports fans might jump at the pre-game offer of a draw against feared opponents, Carlsberg management would probably have been happy if - when the coronavirus lockdown started - a benevolent angel granted them a guaranteed half-year sales slide of 'only' 12%.

Carlsberg sales decline accelerates as H1 goes on - trading update

10 Jul 2020

Carlsberg has been hit hard by the recent trends toward larger packs and cheaper offerings in beer, with today's half-year trading update showing sales falling faster in value terms than in volumes.

Vietnam lines up final SABECO stake sale - report

6 Jul 2020

Vietnam's Government is withdrawing from SABECO, according to reports, with the divestment of its remaining 36% stake in the domestic brewer.

Boycotts, taxes may trip up brewers in China - analyst

29 Jun 2020

Brewers in China could face new taxes on premium beer as well as Government-backed boycotts of international brands, an analyst has warned.

Marston's takes H1 US$50m coronavirus hit ahead of Carlsberg JV - results

26 Jun 2020

UK brewer & pub owner Marston's, which last month signed a brewing joint-venture in the country with Carlsberg, has seen COVID-19 wipe about GBP40m (US$50m) off its half-year sales.

UK on-premise reopening a "first step" - Trade associations

23 Jun 2020

The UK alcohol industry has given a cautious welcome to the Government's decision to allow the on-premise channel in England to reopen on 4 July.

UK beer industry demands pub reopening date

18 Jun 2020

UK brewers, including Guinness producer Diageo, have called on the country's Government to settle on a definitive reopening date for the on-premise or risk the loss of thousands of jobs.

Why everyone's crying out for a beer, why spirits is causing sleepless nights and why COVID could kill off conferences - The just-drinks Analyst

16 Jun 2020

Ian Shackleton may no longer be an investment analyst by profession, but it's the only way he can look at the drinks industry. This month, he returns to just-drinks with thoughts of yesterbeer, some cautionary words for spirits and a telling-off for conference organisers.

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