I am sorry to say that it looks like the Stag Brewery at Mortlake will close the doors by the end of 2015. This was announced back in 2009 but after a few extensions It seems the end is finally near. It always disturbs me the way that companies think if they give some sort of severance that it is ok to close plants. The real tragedy is the what they do to the lives of the employees. Many at Stag have been there most of their adult life and have grown up together.


SABMiller Plc, the brewer whose advance toward Heineken NV was spurned last year, says the level of deal-making activity in the industry remains high as speculation persists about a bid from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

“Conversations, evaluations, looking at transactions, that’s still a big part of everyone’s day-to-day job in this industry,” interim Chief Financial Officer Domenic De Lorenzo said in at a press briefing in London Wednesday. “Activity levels, if you measure them in conversations and evaluations, are still relatively high.”

Carlsberg reported its first quarter results on May 12, 2015, with losses up 34% and revenue rising 4.5%. Please find below the company’s performance during the three-month period by region.

Financial highlights
Organic net revenue growth of 4% to DKK 13.5bn.
Solid price/mix of +3%.
8% organic operating profit growth driven by strong performance in Western Europe and Asia.
46% reported operating profit growth to DKK 661m.
Adjusted net profit of DKK 0m (DKK -50m in Q1 2014).
ROIC improved by 40bp to 8.4%

First-quarter net losses total DKK90m (US$13.5m) versus DKK67m
Sales in first three months of 2015 rise by 4.5% to DKK13.47bn
Beer volumes come in flat at 27.5m hectolitres
Full-year outlook of mid- to high-single-digit operating profits rise maintained

SABMiller plc reported its preliminary (unaudited) results for the twelve months to 31 March 2015.

Organic, constant currency group net producer revenue (NPR) growth of 5%
Group NPR per hectolitre (hl) up 3% on an organic, constant currency basis, reflecting growth in all regions
Organic, constant currency EBITA growth of 6% and EBITA margin1 expansion of 30 basis points (bps)
Adjusted constant currency EPS grew by 5% and by 6% excluding the prior year net earnings impact of the group's disposed investment in Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited (Tsogo Sun) Reported group NPR, EBITA and adjusted EPS declined, impacted by adverse translational foreign exchange effects and the disposal of Tsogo Sun
Free cash flow2 increased by 26%
Announcement of the formation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the largest bottler in Africa, strengthening further our leading presence on the African continent
Full year dividends per share of 113.0 US cents, up 8% on prior year

SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Company reported that MillerCoors first quarter underlying net income grew 4.4 percent versus the same period in the prior year to $304.6 million. This income growth was driven by higher net pricing, positive sales mix and strong cost control.

Revenue growth: Revenue grew by 6.2% in the quarter, with revenue per hl growth of 7.5% on both a reported and constant geographic mix basis, driven by our revenue management and premiumization initiatives

On April 22, 2015 Heineken reported a lift in profits and sales in the first three months of this year. Take a closer look at the group's performance by region:

Africa Middle East


A Blue Moon lawsuit has been filed against MillerCoors by Evan Parent, who is tired of the company referring to the brew as a “craft beer.” According to the Huffington Post, Parent is a home brewer based out of San Diego. He says that the Belgian-style white beer is not a craft beer, and MillerCoors has been misleading people by their description of the brew