The week in beer

The week in beer

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

Carlsberg expects its bottom line to "decline slightly" in the full-year after posting a near-12% slide in operating profits in the first half of 2015.

Carlsberg's second quarter numbers came in, and it seems that the beer-drinking heartland of Eastern Europe continues to drag things down for the brewer - along with some bad weather in Western Europe. Can Carlsberg's new CEO weather the storm?

Carlsberg's CFO has said the company is "a little more negative" on Russia's consumers after continued problems in the country forced a full-year forecast downgrade.

Brewers in Russia are to scrap their 1.5-litre PET bottle lines despite warning the move will drive consumers to illegal alcohol.

Starbucks has said it plans to roll out its evening offer - which includes stocking beer and wine - to 2,000 stores in the US by 2019, adding US$1bn to its business.

North Korea is on the hunt for foreign investors to help fund a US$52m brewery in a new tourism development zone.

Kirin Holdings has stepped in to buy Fraser & Neave's majority stake in Myanmar Brewery Ltd for US$560m.

Brooklyn Brewery has told just-drinks it has no plans to sell equity after a report claimed the company was on the hunt for investors.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed to just-drinks that it will close its Stag Brewery in London by the end of the year.