This week in beer and cider

This week in beer and cider

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global beer & cider categories. We also have similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.

When the new Licensing Act came into effect in the UK, Lucy Britner was a cub reporter on licensed-trade newspaper The Morning Advertiser. Every week, she tried to counter sensational press headlines about 24-hour binge drinking. So, where are we now? Somewhere between broken bottle- and vomit-strewn bus stops and glasses of Prosecco on a terrace.

In a developed market where the top two players account for over two-thirds of total volumes, smaller players would be forgiven for thinking they had far less to go at, compared to in the newer, emerging markets. But, present size is not relative to future growth potential, as one analyst has explored this week.

Craft and imported beers continue to take volume share from regular and light in the US on-trade and are quickly moving towards accounting for half of the market, new figures show.

Constellation Brands is to borrow US$400m to help finance its acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Heineken's namesake lager brand has returned to growth in the US for the first time in seven years, helped by a reboot of its lower-calorie version, the brewer's Americas president has said.

Heineken has said US cider can grow to 5% of the beer market despite a recent slowdown.

just-drinks is in Madrid today as a guest of Mahou San Miguel. Here's a look at how the company has grown to become Spain's beer market leader.