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The season of Japanese goodwill in M&A - Comment

It is an established fact that, desperate for growth outside of their stagnant home market, Japanese companies have frequently had to pay a...

Sipsmith and spirits players’ fight to cover craft

Even before today’s news that Beam Suntory has filled the premium gin-shaped hole in its portfolio, we at just-drinks had concluded that 201...

How mid-sized brewers cope with consolidation

As consolidation at each end of the beer spectrum dominates the headlines, Stephen Beaumont looks at the squeeze on those in the middle. How...

Why has Dr Pepper Snapple bought Bai?

Yesterday, Dr Pepper Snapple Group confirmed the US$1.7bn purchase of Bai Brands....

Latest Interviews

Interview - Sapporo president Tsutomu Kamijo 22 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

Sapporo Holdings is one of Japan's biggest alcohol and soft drinks producers and the country's oldest brewer. This month, Andy Morton met with its president, Tsutomu Kamijo, to discuss why he'd like to get his hands on Anheuser-Busch InBev's Pilsner Urquell, the state of play in Vietnam and why even BrewDog's founder gets excited about Sapporo's beer.


Interview, Andy Thomas, Craft Brew Alliance CEO 13 Oct 2016

Lucy Britner

Andy Thomas moved up to the CEO position at Craft Brew Alliance in 2014, following several years in the company's commercial operations. Previously, he spent 12 years at Heineken USA - the last two of which were as unit president. Thomas's experience in big brewing has proved useful at CBA, as the company moves to deepen its ties with major shareholder Anheuser-Busch InBev. In part one of this two-part interview, Thomas provides insight into the latest deal, which gives AB InBev a staggered, qualified offer option to acquire CBA.

Latest News

A-B InBev acquires Spain's Cervezas La Virgen 19 Jan 17

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev's venture capital unit, ZX Ventures, has bought Spanish brewery Cervezas La Virgen.


Diageo mulls United Spirits stake buy - report 18 Jan 17

Andy Morton

Diageo is considering upping its stake in United Spirits, according to a report.


The Beach Whiskey Co buys American Harvest vodka 11 Jan 17

Lucy Britner

US spirits company The Beach Whiskey Co has bought the American Harvest organic vodka brand. 


Winebow Group to import Chile's Tarapacá to US 10 Jan 17

Lucy Britner

MundoVino has been appointed exclusive US importer for Chilean wine firm Viña Tarapacá's Gran Reserva wines.


Suntory says Beam listing "not being considered" 6 Jan 17

Andy Morton

Suntory Holdings has confirmed to just-drinks it has no plans to list its international spirits unit, Beam Suntory.


Constellation Brands invests in Catoctin Creek 6 Jan 17

Lucy Britner

Constellation Brands has continued its recent spending spree with a minority investment in rye whiskey and gin producer Catoctin Creek. 

Latest blogs

SABMiller's last word 10 Oct 16

Andy Morton

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions.


Ex-Kraft CFO - Is Boston Beer Co readying a sale? 11 Jan 16

Olly Wehring

This may have slipped under the wire at the end of last year, but could a pre-Christmas HR announcement signal Boston Beer Co's preparedness for a sale?

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