Carlsberg is lining up a major focus on “healthy” no- and low-alcohol beer, starting with the launch of new radler-style beer Tourtel Twist in France next year.

The Danish brewer said it has identified a “very big opportunity” for so-called adult soft drinks and will roll out new products across Europe over the next few years. It will also increase the footprint of existing low-alcohol brands such as Nordic Blonde, with an abv of 0.5%, which was released in Denmark this year.

Image: 

MAGOR brewery has applied for planning application to expand its production which it hopes will improve employment in the area.

The brewery which celebrated its 35th anniversary in September is owned by ABInBev and is one of the largest AB InBev breweries in the UK

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it is making an unspecified number of redundancies in its US business as it looks to improve “competitiveness”.

The brewer, which has seen falling sales and volumes in North America this year, said the move to cut jobs came after a “ detailed business review”. Jim Brickey, Anheuser-Busch's VP for people, said: “We are reorganizing certain work that displaces some positions. Most of the employees impacted were notified recently. The reductions were minimised as much as possible by using open positions.”

SABMiller CEO Alan Clark was very happy last week to talk about the future of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottler his firm is setting up with The Coca-Cola Co. He was predictably more tight-lipped when asked if the partnership lays the groundwork for further bottler purchases, in Africa or other emerging markets such as South America.

“We're not commenting on future M&A,” he said.

Others, however, have been more willing to speak about the potential ripple effect of the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa formation. Analysts at Nomura have completed a detailed study of the global Coca-Cola distribution network and found a number of regions where SABMiller could find more mileage from its strengthening relationship with Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Company, SABMiller plc and Gutsche Family Investments (GFI, majority shareholders in Coca-Cola Sabco) have agreed to combine the bottling operations of their non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses in Southern and East Africa.

The new company will be the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa, and it will be the 10th largest globally. It will operate in 12 African countries, with market leadership positions in most and will account for approximately 40% of Coca-Cola volumes in Africa.

In a meeting with journalists earlier this month, SABMiller CEO Alan Clark happily chatted about his soft drinks plans.

The company may be better known for its brewing footprint, but non-alcoholic beverages are playing an increasingly important part in its portfolio, and Clark was quick to highlight opportunities in Africa and South America.

Today, analysts at Bernstein have marked out a few areas where Clark could further expand SABMiller's soft drinks empire, if the firm was willing to whip out the cheque book.

Image: 

Carlsberg has agreed to take over Greece΄s third-largest brewer, Olympic Brewery, bolstering its existing operations in the country and creating what it said would be the number two player in the lucrative Greek beer market.

According to Reuters, the combined group will have a market share of around 29 percent, the Danish brewer said in a statement on Tuesday. That puts it behind only Dutch rival Heineken (HEIN.AS).

"The merger with Olympic Brewery and the creation of a strong number two player in the Greek market represents a step-change for our local business," Carlsberg Chief Executive Jorgen Buhl Rasmussen said.

Image: 

Moosehead Breweries Limited will be laying off about half of its hourly production staff in Saint John at the end of June 2015.

The approximately 70 layoffs at the west side brewery are the "direct result" of the loss of a major brewing and packaging contract with an international brewing company, president and chief executive officer Andrew Oland said on Thursday afternoon.

He declined to say which contract it was, citing confidentiality, but it represented about 40 per cent of the company's overall business for the past 10 years, he said

Image: 

A "monster institution," Milwaukee's leading newspaper called it. Two brewing giants were merging to form a "powerful combination" that would instantly become "by far the largest individual brewing concern in the world." The impact of the "big deal" would be felt on every continent