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Why drinks CEOs last longer, what your head office says about you and Anheuser-Busch InBev's box of surprises - The just-drinks Analyst

20 Aug 2019

Our resident analyst returns! Ian Shackleton is back to give us his monthly take on recent industry developments as viewed through the eyes of an investor. This month, Ian looks at the acceptable tenure for a CEO, why a company's choice of head office location matters and what has been an up-and-down few weeks for Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Heineken invests in South Africa as turf war with Anheuser-Busch InBev intensifies

13 Aug 2019

Heineken is firming up its capacity in South Africa as the brewer looks to loosen Anheuser-Busch InBev's grip on the country's beer market.

FREE TO READ - just-drinks' Mergers & Acquisitions database - July 2019

12 Aug 2019

Here, a little later than usual, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during July, with Molson Coors' European exploits and Pernod Ricard's Myanmar adventure both overshadowed by Anheuser-Busch InBev's decision to offload its Australian operations to Asahi Group.

How did Anheuser-Busch InBev perform in H1 2019? - results data

25 Jul 2019

Anheuser-Busch InBev's biggest quarterly volumes increase in five years has helped the global brewer put a busy month behind it with the delivery of a solid first-half performance.

Asahi lines up Australian domination at a price that's right - Analysis

19 Jul 2019

If the reason behind Anheuser-Busch InBev offloading CUB are short-term and obvious - the payment of debt - Asahi's purchase of the Australian beer unit is driven by more far-sighted ambitions.

Groans turn to cheers as Anheuser-Busch InBev divestment brings Australian sunshine - Analysis

19 Jul 2019

The velveted brickbats were flying earlier in the week after Anheuser-Busch InBev pulled the plug on its Asia-Pacific IPO. "A rare misstep," said Bernstein. "The signal is pretty bad," added AlphaValue.

The beer category in Australia - Market & brand data

19 Jul 2019

Earlier today, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its intention to offload all of the group's operations in Australia to Asahi. Here, with the help of figures from GlobalData, just-drinks looks at the Australian beer market and its growth prospects relative to Asia.

Anheuser-Busch InBev to offload Australia operations to Asahi

19 Jul 2019

In the same month that the brewer's proposed flotation in Asia-Pacific collapsed, Anheuser-Busch Inbev has agreed the sale of its Carlton & United Breweries unit in Australia to Asahi Group Holdings.

The ethical investor is here, how second-quarter reporting season is shaping up and the troubles ahead for Anheuser-Busch InBev - The just-drinks Analyst

16 Jul 2019

Returning to just-drinks for his monthly look at our industry from an investor's perspective, our in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, flags the growing presence of ethical investment decisions. He also looks at what to expect from the latest round of quarterly results and the likelihood of alarm bells ringing at Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Anheuser-Busch InBev drops Asia-Pacific IPO

15 Jul 2019

The last-minute withdrawal of a planned initial public offering in Asia-Pacific last week will leave Anheuser-Busch InBev one less option on how to deal with its debt, an analyst has warned.

Molson Coors names MillerCoors executive to replace Hop Valley Brewing co-founder

8 Jul 2019

A MillerCoors executive is to take the helm at Hop Valley Brewing Co, replacing the Oregon craft brewer's co-founder.

Carlsberg to open London Fields brewery in August

19 Jun 2019

Carlsberg is to open a small-batch brewery and tap room in the UK for its London Fields craft beer JV.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

12 Jun 2019

In late-February, Anheuser-Busch InBev released its full-year results for 2018. The group posted a 4.8% increase in sales on an organic basis from the 12 months, with volumes coming in flat. Here, just-drinks considers A-B InBev's performance over the last five years.

Boom or bust for gin, the future for Anheuser-Busch InBev and Diageo's Capital Markets Day - The just-drinks Analyst

21 May 2019

Every month, Ian Shackleton, just-drinks' resident analyst, takes a look at the drinks industry through an investor lens. Here, he covers the possibility of peak gin, the future of Anheuser Busch InBev and Diageo's Capital Markets Day. 

Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito defends South Africa weakness

9 May 2019

Anheuser-Busch InBev has blamed a number of problems for its underperformance in South Africa, a market that was a key focus of the brewer's SABMiller takeover.

What will be Carlsberg's priorities for the years ahead? – Analysis

21 Mar 2019

Following on from just-drinks' analysis this month of Carlsberg's performance over the last five years, beer commentator Stephen Beaumont considers the takeaways for the wider brewing industry.

Heineken Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

19 Mar 2019

In early-2018, Heineken reported its results for the year prior. Sales in the 12 months of the year came in 6% up on 2017, with all reporting regions posting volumes increases.  Here, just-drinks considers Heineken's performance over the last five years to see what the wider beer category can learn from the brewer.

Who won in results season, how to read the warning signs and will UK beer ever stop consolidating? - The just-drinks Analyst

19 Feb 2019

The just-drinks analyst returns! This month, Ian Shackleton runs his investor eye over the latest set of drinks companies' results. He also considers what to look out for before the flames take hold of a company and how the UK brewing category remains a consolidatory hotbed.

Has Fuller's sold up or sold out? - just-drinks thinks

25 Jan 2019

"Immortalised in the name of one of our famous ales, 1845 is a year that will forever be Fuller’s," reads the London Pride owner's website. "It was then that the partnership papers of Fuller, Smith & Turner were officially signed, marking the start of something very special for London’s brewery scene."

Asahi Group snaps up Fuller's beer business for US$326m

25 Jan 2019

Asahi's European unit has agreed to purchase London-based Fuller, Smith & Turner's beer unit, in a deal worth GBP250m (US$326m).

How the global beer category will face the growth challenges of the future - Comment

6 Dec 2018

Bringing the curtain down on 2018, our resident beer commentator, Stephen Beaumont, looks at the growth-driving strategies of the past and predicts how these strategies will morph in the coming years.

The beer category in 2019 - just-drinks predicts

6 Dec 2018

In just-drinks' beer review of 2018, we looked back at the year just passed. But what is in store for 2019? We take a peek into our crystal ball to predict the biggest news and trends for the year ahead.

The end of the Anheuser-Busch InBev affair, the sale of Diageo's tail and the success of C&C Group in 2018 - The just-drinks Analyst

28 Nov 2018

Ian Shackleton is about to put the lid on his 2018, but not before, in his guise as just-drinks' resident analyst, he ponders the investor view of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Diageo and his tip at the start of this year, C&C Group.

Anheuser-Busch InBev lifts lid on alleged price-fixing cartel in India - report

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.

How Heineken is causing concern, why China still offers challenges and what future for PepsiCo's drinks operations - The just-drinks Analyst

28 Aug 2018

Ian Shackleton, just-drinks' resident analyst, returns this month with a headache from Heineken. He also considers the prospects for growth in the tricky Chinese market and surveys the dangers facing PepsiCo that its next CEO will have to deal with from day one.

Anheuser-Busch InBev reveals extent of Africa price ladder overhaul in wake of SABMiller buy

9 Aug 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Africa head has outlined how the company's SABMiller takeover has allowed the group to reach more consumers by greatly expanding its price ladder on the continent.

"In any integration, we've always talked about three kinds of synergies. With SABMiller, there was a fourth" - just-drinks meets Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito - Part I

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.

Carlyle Group closes Accolade Wines buy, recruits former SABMiller executive as chairman

4 Jun 2018

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

The winning ownership model, SABMiller lives and the CEO's money worries - The just-drinks Analyst

31 May 2018

In this month's visit to our pages, just-drinks' in-house analyst, Ian Shackleton, settles the company ownership debate, finds flickering embers of SABMiller and offers sympathies to CEOs dealing with rejected salary requests.

What can the brewing industry learn from Anheuser-Busch InBev? - Comment

29 May 2018

If there is a single overriding lesson to be learned from just-drinks' analysis of Anheuser-Busch InBev's performance over the last five years, it is one more obvious than a pint of IPA at a Champagne tasting. Put bluntly, that lesson is: Global expansion + cost reduction = increased profitability.

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