This week in beer & cider

This week in beer & cider

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories from the global beer & cider categories. Click the links to see our round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.

For foreign businesspeople in China, it is the most cliched of scenarios - the over-ambitious company lured to disaster by the appeal of China's seemingly bottomless potential. The past 30 years is littered with examples. Is Heineken about to become the latest?

Heineken is betting on premium beer growth in China with a US$3.1bn partnership with Snow owner China Resources Enterprises.

Molson Coors has become the latest company to line up entry into the cannabis beverages market in Canada. 

Molson Coors sales declines improved slightly in the second quarter of the year but a global volumes drop saw the US and Canadian brewer pledge to address weakness in its home markets.

Executives at Molson Coors have said consumer approval of cannabis is growing, as the company anticipates Canada could become a test bed for further innovation.

Heineken has delivered a solid first-half sales increase but also slashed its full-year forecast after margins plummeted.

Heineken's CEO has said Nigeria's premium beer market is on track for success despite pressure from value brands and the launch of Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser.

The Brewers Association has warned new entrants to the US craft beer market they must stand out to survive after mid-year volumes growth in the category remained at 5%.

Asahi has announced a redesign of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, described as the Italian beer brand's biggest revamp since 2005.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is looking to tackle global issues such as water conservation and green logistics with a new sustainability start-up fund.