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

25 Nov 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 and environmental activities. Here's a look at what's been going on in recent weeks.

Signs of trouble as Heineken faces China distribution gap - comment

23 Nov 2020

It is almost 15 years since I managed a bar in Chengdu, one of China's biggest second-tier cities, but I still remember the early afternoon opening ritual; shutters up, music on and a quick restock of the fridge before customers arrived.

Diageo to cut water usage, go carbon neutral in ten-year sustainability plan

23 Nov 2020

Diageo plans to use 30% less water in its beverage production by 2030 as part of a new sustainability programme that also promises a more diverse management team.

Heineken executive clear-out continues, former Diageo executive to head commercial

20 Nov 2020

Heineken has announced the latest change to its senior executive team with a new chief commercial officer set to come onboard.

Biden victory gives new impetus to drinks industry engagement on climate change - Sustainability Spotlight

19 Nov 2020

Ben Cooper assesses the impact of Joe Biden's election victory in the US on drinks companies' efforts to address climate change.

Has COVID vaccine turned us from bears to bulls, have company presentations lost their fun and has 'innovation' become a dirty word? - The just-drinks Analyst

17 Nov 2020

The recent announcements of a vaccine for COVID-19 have got in-house analyst Ian Shackleton all a-flutter. Should we be concerned, though, that he's now worried about the end of bears, the end of company pizzazz and the end of innovation efforts in the beverages industry?

Hofmeister adds low abv to lager line and beer experience to board

16 Nov 2020

Recently-relaunched beer brand Hofmeister has lined up two extensions, including a low-alcohol offering, while welcoming two industry veterans to its board.

How the on-premise can make the most of Christmas 2020 - analysis

10 Nov 2020

While many markets are the subjects of a second wave of lockdowns right now, and the subsequent effect these latest COVID measures are having on the on-premise channel, Heineken's UK division has today drawn up a plan of attack for pubs and bars when - if? - they are allowed to reopen early next month.

Heineken eyes US home drinking with five-litre Dos Equis keg

3 Nov 2020

Heineken has lined up a five-litre draught keg for its Dos Equis lager brand as it looks to appeal to drinkers at home in the US market.

Fresh lockdowns put drinks industry rebound at risk - Moody's

30 Oct 2020

The global beverage industry is poised to rebound from "unprecedented declines" this year to post as much as low-double-digit profit growth in 2021, a new report from credit-rating agency Moody's has forecast.

Anheuser-Busch InBev bucks beer trend with sales rises in Q3 - results data

29 Oct 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev enjoyed a stellar third quarter of 2020, going so far as to post sales growth in the three months while its brewing peers struggle to reach parity.

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

29 Oct 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.

Heineken prepares corporate cost reductions for next year

28 Oct 2020

Heineken has followed up on a pledge not to make any coronavirus-related job cuts this year with an announcement that it will reduce personnel costs at head and regional offices by 20% in 2021.

Brand Heineken up 7% as group volumes almost flat in Q3 - results data

28 Oct 2020

The expected return to growth for brand Heineken came good in the third quarter, helping its namesake owner to deliver a 1.9% decline in volumes for the period.

Heineken acquires Australian licences for Stella Artois, Beck's

28 Oct 2020

Heineken has purchased the Australian licenses for Stella Artois and Beck's in a deal with Asahi that also hands the Strongbow cider brand in the country to the Dutch brewer.

Moody's predicts Kirin to be worst performer post-COVID

27 Oct 2020

Credit-rating agency Moody's has forecast that Japanese multi-category company Kirin will exit the coronavirus pandemic behind global rivals such as Heineken and Carlsberg.

Are beverage firms paying enough attention to deforestation? - sustainability spotlight

22 Oct 2020

A new initiative to address deforestation was launched last month by the Consumer Goods Forum involving 17 major manufacturers and retailers - but no drinks companies. Ben Cooper explores whether the beverage sector needs to do more in the area of deforestation.

Heineken launches Arizona Sunrise hard seltzer in Hornell Brewing Co tie-up

21 Oct 2020

Heineken has partnered with the owner of Arizona Beverages to launch a new hard seltzer in the US.

Will Q3 bring an end to 2020's hangover, are the softs going hard and would Stock Spirits fancy a beer? - The just-drinks Analyst

20 Oct 2020

The timing of Ian Shackleton's latest consideration of the drinks industry couldn't be better. With the latest results season breaking all around us, who better to survey the situation than just-drinks' in-house analyst?

Heineken hits back at "disproportionate" UK pub code fine

15 Oct 2020

Heineken is considering lodging an appeal against a potential GBP2m (US$2.58m) fine over its treatment of UK pub tenants and "systemic corporate failures" in compliance.

Twitter spat over look-alike brand leads to BrewDog's Ald IPA launch

14 Oct 2020

BrewDog has gently hit back at Aldi's "like-brand approach" by launching a beer that mimics the supermarket chain's name.

Cost-cutting a priority for Heineken's new broom - analysis

13 Oct 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has been a baptism of fire for new Heineken CEO Dolf van den Brink, who took over from Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer on 1 June at the apex of the global lockdowns.

Portman Group dismisses complaint Heineken's Orchard Thieves encourages "illegal behaviour"

8 Oct 2020

Heineken has avoided censure from the alcohol advertising watchdog in the UK over a complaint the brewer's Orchard Thieves cider encourages criminal behaviour.

Has Diageo opened the door to a takeover, will alcohol-free spirits really take off and is Anheuser-Busch InBev looking for a new leader? - The just-drinks Analyst

22 Sep 2020

In his latest just-drinks outing, former beverages analyst Ian Shackleton ponders Diageo's next move, the opportunity (or otherwise) of 0%-abv spirits and the likelihood of a new CEO at Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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.

Heineken's Pure Pirana hard seltzer - Product Launch

17 Sep 2020

Heineken has become the latest multinational brewer to explore the hard seltzer category with the launch of the low-sugar Pure Pirana.

Anheuser-Busch InBev to give English football push to Budweiser Zero - video

14 Sep 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to launch UK TV ads for Budweiser Zero as part of its English Premier League sponsorship, as brewers increasingly push non-alcoholic beers in their sports marketing.

Heineken takes on Anheuser-Busch InBev in Peru with Tres Cruces buy

10 Sep 2020

Heineken has acquired Peruvian beer brand Tres Cruces, marking the brewer's entry into a market dominated by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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.

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