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The just-drinks Analyst returns

In this month's visit to our pages, just-drinks' in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, settles the company ownership debate, finds flickering em...

What the brewing industry can learn from A-B InBev

If there is a single overriding lesson to be learned from just-drinks' analysis of Anheuser-Busch InBev's performance over the last five yea...


Nigel Huddleston | 10 May 2018

In early-March, Anheuser-Busch InBev released its full-year results for 2017. The group posted a 5.1% lift in sales from the year, thanks in part to a bumper final quarter. Here, just-drinks considers A-B InBev's performance over the last five years.


Stephen Beaumont | 5 Apr 2018

Without question one of the more interesting drinks companies to watch over the past few years has been Molson Coors. From the 14% drop in sales posted in 2015 to the boost provided by the acquisition of the 58% of MillerCoors it didn't already own in 2016, from the surprisingly-high cost savings of US$200m in 2017, to the loss in share price value of 21% during the same year, the past half-decade has been nothing short of a rollercoaster for the world's third-largest brewer by value and fifth-largest by volume.


Richard Siddle | 5 Apr 2018

In February, Molson Coors released its full-year results for the 12 months of 2017, its first full year since taking control of the MillerCoors joint-venture in the US. The top-line came in flat on the corresponding period a year earlier, with the final quarter pulling up the rest of 2017. Here, just-drinks considers the brewer's performance over the last five years.


Laura Foster | 4 Apr 2018

There was a time, not so long ago, when occasion-based drinks marketing meant advertising your lager brand in an ad during a World Cup football match. Not anymore - things have become a lot more complicated since then.

Latest Interviews

Olly Wehring | 13 Jun 2018

Late last week, just-drinks editor Olly Wehring met with Anheuser-Busch InBev's CEO in London. A notoriously-reluctant interviewee, Carlos Brito talked for over an hour about the brewer's learnings from SABMiller, the trends set to shape the future for the beer category and which bets the group has put down on potential growth opportunities going forward.


Andy Morton | 10 May 2018

After leading the sell-off of SABMiller's European beer brands to Asahi, Hector Gorosabel was then hired by the Japanese group to take them to a new audience, as CEO of its European office. In the second of just-drinks' two-part interview (click here for part I), Gorosabel discusses how the old SAB playbook is still in use, the challenges of brewing Asahi Super Dry in Europe, and why the health & wellness trend shouldn't frighten the beer industry.

Latest News

Olly Wehring | 4 Jun 2018

The new owner of Accolade Wines has appointed a former senior executive with SABMiller as the chairman of its wine business.


Andy Morton | 10 May 2018

The head of Asahi Europe has calmed concerns that younger consumers are more likely to hit the gym than their local bar, telling just-drinks that the health & wellness trend is "good for beer".


Andy Morton | 9 Aug 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to create Russia's second-largest beer producer by combining its operations in the country with those of Turkey's Anadolu Efes.


Olly Wehring | 7 Jun 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev has proposed a merger of the three Nigerian beer companies in which it holds majority control.


Andy Morton | 23 Jan 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev is offering voluntary redundancy to management in South Africa as it looks to restructure operations in the country following its takeover of SABMiller.


Andy Morton | 21 Dec 2016

The Coca-Cola Co is ahead of schedule with its Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) refranchising after it completed the first phase - acquiring a 54.5% stake in the partnership from Anheuser-Busch InBev.


Olly Wehring | 15 Dec 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed its SABMiller asset divestment programme in time for Christmas, offloading its near-30% stake in Distell today.


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.


Eugene Vorotnikov | 17 Nov 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Anadolu Efes have declined to comment on speculation linking the two brewers to a merger of operations in Russia.


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 | 28 Oct 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has cut is sales forecast for the year after a Q3 volumes drop in Brazil dragged down nine-month performance.


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.


Olly Wehring | 11 Oct 2016

Molson Coors has completed its previously-announced purchase of SABMiller’s stake in their US joint-venture, MillerCoors.


Lucy Britner | 28 Sep 2016

South African conglomerate Remgro has said it is considering a move for SABMiller's stake in wine and spirits group Distell.


Lucy Britner | 28 Sep 2016

SABMiller's shareholders have given Anheuser-Busch InBev the green light to complete its takeover of the UK-headquartered brewer, in what will be the third-largest acquisition in corporate history.


Lucy Britner | 28 Sep 2016

Anhesuer-Busch InBev has said its shareholders have approved the acquisition of SABMiller, moving the deal a step closer to next month's scheduled completion. 


Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2016

MillerCoors is to move marketing for Blue Moon and Leinenkugel's away from its Tenth & Blake craft unit because the two beer brands have grown too big.


Lucy Britner | 16 Sep 2016

The UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide editor has slammed global brewers for "muscling in" on the craft sector in the UK. 


James Atkinson | 16 Sep 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has lined up the appointment of Peter Filipovic as head of operations in Australia upon completion of its purchase of SABMiller.


Andy Morton | 26 Aug 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to start cutting 5,500 jobs from its combined global workforce once it completes its takeover of SABMiller.


Olly Wehring | 23 Aug 2016

SABMiller’s shareholders will be split into two camps to vote next month on Anheuser-Busch InBev’s proposed takeover.


Andy Morton | 12 Aug 2016

SABMiller has confirmed its Carlton and United Breweries CEO, Ari Mervis, will leave the Australian unit after the Anheuser-Busch InBev takeover.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 10 Oct 2016

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions.


Andy Morton | 14 Oct 2015

With the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller deal nicely on its way, the real business can begin in earnest - thinking up a new company name.

Company research

Bavaria SA in Alcoholic Drinks (Colombia)

Bavaria SA in Alcoholic Drinks (Colombia)

After the acquisition of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Bavaria, which was the Colombian subsidiary of SABMiller, will now focus on strengthening the positioning of existing domestic brands as...

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Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in Beer (World)

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in Beer (World)

Through its acquisition of SABMiller, A-B InBev has enhanced its status as the world’s largest brewer. It now holds a considerable share of beer in every region, including a newly established foothold...

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Molson Coors Brewing Co in Beer (World)

Molson Coors Brewing Co in Beer (World)

Having taken full control of the MillerCoors joint venture, Molson Coors has gained SABMiller’s US brand portfolio as well as the international rights to the Miller brands. As a result, the company is...

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