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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.

Stone Brewing appoints former Lagunitas head Maria Stipp as CEO

2 Sep 2020

US craft brewer Stone Brewing has recruited the former CEO of Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing Co as its next head.

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.

Heineken goes "even greener" with Netherlands energy switch

1 Sep 2020

Heineken has announced that all brand Heineken beer brewed for the Dutch market is now made using 100% sustainable energy.

"Having a big uncle or auntie over your shoulder is priceless" - just-drinks speaks to Beavertown Brewery founder & Heineken partner Logan Plant

26 Aug 2020

What is it with Heineken and musicians? The Netherlands-based global brewer has been more particular with its craft brewery investments than, say acquisition-happy Anheuser-Busch InBev. But two of its biggest - Lagunitas and London's Beavertown - were both founded by frustrated rockstars.

Beavertown opens London's largest brewery

26 Aug 2020

London's Beavertown Brewery has unveiled a new production site built with investment from partner Heineken.

Heineken overhauls Dos Equis packaging in US

21 Aug 2020

The US division of Heineken has lined up new packaging for its Dos Equis bottles and cans.

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.

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.

South Africa scraps domestic ban on alcohol sales

17 Aug 2020

Authorities in South Africa have lifted the latest ban on alcohol sales after pressure from major brewers.

Heineken joins investment boycott over South Africa alcohol ban - report

5 Aug 2020

Heineken has intensified industry pressure on South Africa's alcohol ban after reportedly joining Anheuser-Busch InBev in cancelling brewery investments in the country.

Alcohol industry split on social media ad pause

3 Aug 2020

Global alcohol producers have divereged on whether to continue a social media advertising pause started last month after a row about hate speech.

Europe drags down Heineken H1 as coronavirus bites - results data

3 Aug 2020

The major market of Europe was Heineken's worst performer as second-half sales plummeted on the back of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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.

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