Archive | January, 2011

Constellation Completes Sale of Australian & UK Divisions

Constellation Completes Sale of Australian & UK Divisions

Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), the world’s leading premium wine company, announced today that it has completed the sale of its Australian and U.K. business to CHAMP Private Equity of Sydney, Australia. The transaction is valued at approximately A$290 million. Constellation retained an approximate 20 percent interest in the business and received cash proceeds of […] [...more]

Announcements, News, Wines

German Beer Sales at 20 year low

German Beer Sales at 20 year low

The latest official figures published by the German Brewers Federation show that in 2009 beer sales have dropped to their lowest level for 20 years. Sales of all domesticly produced beers fell by 2.8% to just under 100 million hectolitres. (2.2 Billion gallons). Despite the love that Germans have for their bier – in fact […] [...more]

Beer, News, Production

Asahi becomes top beer in Japan despite decline in sales.

Asahi becomes top beer in Japan despite decline in sales.

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Asahi Breweries Ltd. recaptured Japan’s beer market leadership in 2010, garnering a 37.5 percent market share after falling to second place in the previous year, according to data released Monday by the nation’s top five beer brewers. Total shipments of beer and beer-like drinks last year declined 2.8 percent from a year […] [...more]

Announcements, Beer, News, Production

Heineken expansion in Nigeria

Heineken expansion in Nigeria

Heineken acquires additional brewery capacity in Nigeria Amsterdam, 12 January 2011 – Heineken N.V. today announced that it has strengthened its platform for growth in Nigeria via the acquisition of two holding companies from the Sona Group. The two acquired businesses have controlling interests in each of the Sona, IBBI, Benue, Life and Champion breweries […] [...more]

Announcements, Beer, News, Production

The World’s Oldest Winery Discovered – in Armenia

The World’s Oldest Winery Discovered – in Armenia

The World’s Oldest Winery Discovered As if making the oldest known leather shoe wasn‘t enough, a prehistoric people in what‘s now Armenia also built the world’s oldest known winery, a new study says. Undertaken at a burial site, their winemaking may have been dedicated to the dead—and it likely required the removal of any fancy […] [...more]

Education, News, Wines

Yanjing Beer Group to acquire Jinchuan Beer

Yanjing Beer Group to acquire Jinchuan Beer

Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation, China’s third-biggest beer brewer by sales, is expanding in its traditional best-selling area of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, by purchasing a local brand called Jinchuan. Yanjing’s Shenzhen-listed subsidiary Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd bought a 96 percent stake in Inner Mongolia Jinchuan Health Care Beer High Tech Co Ltd […] [...more]

Beer, News, Production

Relentless launches “Libertus” Brand extension in the UK

Relentless launches “Libertus” Brand extension in the UK

Coca-Cola Enterprises have added a sugar free extension to their Relentless range in the UK off trade. Stuart Agates, Head of Energy at Coca-cola Enterprises said: “Relentless continues to offer retailers a great sales opportunity, it’s performing extremely well and is now worth £52.2m. 90% of Relentless shoppers want diet drinks on the go, so […] [...more]

Announcements, News, Non-Alcoholic

Hogans Cider expands into the USA

Hogans Cider expands into the USA

Hogan’s Cider spreads New Year cheer across the USA! Cider lovers across the USA have been celebrating Christmas and New Year with a glass of authentic English cider, thanks to the success of an export deal that has seen UK-based Hogan’s Cider ship bottled product across the Atlantic. The new venture follows on from the […] [...more]

Announcements, News

Brian Duffy appointed Category Chief for Beers at Diageo

Brian Duffy appointed Category Chief for Beers at Diageo

Brian Duffy the veteran head of Guinness has been appointed Global Category Director for all of the beers within the Diageo portfolio. This division accounts for sales of over $3 billion. Among some of the brands that fall under his remit include Harp, Tusker, Red Stripe and of course Guinness which accounts for over half […] [...more]

Announcements, Beer, News, People, Spirits

Small just got bigger according to the Brewers Association

Small just got bigger according to the Brewers Association

The board of directors of the Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has voted to change the BA’s designation of “small” in its definition of a “craft brewer.” The Association’s board of directors also has revised its bylaws to reflect the change. In the BA’s craft brewer definition, […] [...more]

Announcements, Beer, News, Production

Carlsberg sells Dresden Brewery – Protects Jobs

Carlsberg sells Dresden Brewery – Protects Jobs

Carlsberg has sold their interests in the Feldschlosschen Brewery in Dresden, Germany. They have worked hard to protect the jobs of the 172 employees at the brewery and have concluded the sale to Frankfurter Brauhaus. Carlsberg have also sealed an agreement for continued local representation and logistical support through the new owners. The Felschlosschen Brewery […] [...more]

Announcements, Beer, News, Production

Transcript of Global Rum Presentation to Analysts by Diageo

Transcript of Global Rum Presentation to Analysts by Diageo

Ed Pilkington, the Global Category Director for Vodka, Gin and Rum at Diageo hosted a conference call for Diageo investors and analysts and conducted a full question and answer session that makes for interesting reading especially if you have an interest in the Rum category in general or in Diageo’s thinking about their competitive advantages. […] [...more]

Announcements, News, People, Production, Spirits

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