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Is Anheuser-Busch InBev preparing for Heineken's China push? - just-drinks thinks 11 Jan 2019

Today's reports on Anheuser-Busch InBev in Asia have focused on the brewer's debt pile. But, could the potential launch of an IPO in the region serve more as a signal of the company's preparation for Heineken's tie-up with China Resources Enterprises in the coming months?


Why Australia will be the wine to watch in China in 2019 - Analysis 6 Dec 2018

Australia's wine producers will be looking forward to 2019, as wine tariff rates in China, the industry's largest export market, hit the maximum benefit next year from the Free Trade Agreement signed three years ago.


Tmall's NPD silver bullet - what just-drinks thinks 17 Oct 2018

Will there come a time when companies know more than we know ourselves about what we want? If Alibaba's latest move is anything to go by, it seems likely.


Why the world's wine producers won't have it all their own way in China - Comment 11 Oct 2018

Fresh off the plane after a trip to China, just-drinks' wine commentator, Chris Losh, brings us his take on the category in the country and finds that the greater threat to success for the world's wine producers comes from within.


Heineken faces tough battle in China's growing super-premium tier - analysis 16 Aug 2018

Heineken is unlikely to tackle Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand head-on in China following the Dutch brewer's deal with CR Beer, an analyst has forecast. However, the group will be forced to fight for share in China's super-premium tier as international brewers increasingly flock to the growing end of the market.

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Speyside Distillers boosts production to 1m litres to fulfil new China agreement 8 Apr 2019

Speyside Distillers is to ramp up production by two thirds after signing a distribution deal with the owners of one of China's leading baijiu brands.


Carlsberg takes stake in Chinese craft brewer Jing-A 4 Mar 2019

Carlsberg has acquired a minority stake in a Beijing craft brewery.


Diageo moves to spend US$330m on Shui Jing Fang baijiu stake lift 28 Feb 2019

Diageo is looking to grow its holding in China baijiu giant Shui Jing Fang.


Treasury Wine Estates North Asia head moves to Accolade Wines - market data 19 Feb 2019

Accolade Wines has poached its new Asia head from rival Treasury Wine Estates as the battle for share in China heats up.


Chinese consumers "less about show, more about know" - Diageo 9 Nov 2018

Chinese higher-end spirits consumers are moving from "show" to "know", Diageo has said, as the trend of conspicuous consumption makes way for a greater desire for knowledge and experience.


Heineken to complete China Resources Enterprises deal in 2019 5 Nov 2018

Heineken will close its new China partnership with CR Snow next year, the brewer has said.


Carlsberg on track to enter 31 Chinese cities before 2020 5 Nov 2018

The CEO of Carlsberg has said the brewer aims to be present in 31 Chinese cities by the end of next year.


China's 'new retail' to represent 33% of consumer spending by 2023 – research 31 Oct 2018

The combination of on- and off-line retail sales in China could account for up to a third of all consumer spending in the country by 2023.


Alibaba eyes wine opportunity with US$290m investment in 1919.cn - report 22 Oct 2018

Alibaba is to invest CNY2bn (US$290m) in Chinese alcohol retailer 1919.cn, according to a report.


Campari Group opens "flagship" store on Alibaba's Tmall marketplace 18 Oct 2018

Campari Group has opened a store on Alibaba's e-commerce platform Tmall, as it looks to take advantage of the growing trend towards cocktail and spirits among Chinese consumers.