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Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global beer category. We are also running similar round-ups for spirits & wine and soft drinks & bottled water.

The week in beer

The week in beer

Anheuser-Busch InBev has declined to comment on reports that it has approached US craft brewer Cigar City Brewing about a possible takeover.

Beer production in China has fallen for the first time in a decade, with the country's anti-corruption crackdown being blamed, according to local reports.

A US tracking firm has questioned the sustainability of craft beer in the country, after on-trade share growth in recent weeks slowed, despite a steady rise in the number of new products in the segment.

SABMiller has declined to comment on reports that it is considering buying into Myanmar Brewery, the country's biggest beer producer.

Earlier today, Heineken reported a lift in full-year profits despite flat sales in the 12 months of 2014. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's performance by region and brand.

Financial regulators in Colombia have waved through a deal allowing private conglomerate Postobón and Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU) to brew and sell Heineken's brands in the South American country, according to reports.

Molson Coors has warned that its pre-tax profits will take a US$40m hit this financial year from the loss of three key distribution deals in the UK and Canada.

Diageo has launched a new craft-like beer unit in the US, Thump Keg Brewing Co, which will produce “spirit-inspired” beers.

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