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Giant UK-based brewer SABMiller , the company that owns Grolsch, is avoiding an estimated £20m of taxes in Africa and India every year - enough money to educate a quarter-of-a-million African children, according to ActionAid's new report, released today.

The report, Calling time: why SABMiller should stop dodging taxes in Africa reveals for the first time how the company, the world’s second biggest brewer, uses a complex system of tax havens to siphon profits out of subsidiaries in developing countries, depriving those governments of significant amounts of tax.
Martin Hearson, a tax specialist at ActionAid and the co-author of the report, said:

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Tsingtao Brewery Co., the Chinese beer company founded by German settlers more than a century ago, will acquire Shandong Xin Immense Brewery Co. for 1.87 billion yuan ($281 million). The stock rose the most in three months in Hong Kong trading.

Tsingtao will pay cash to purchase 100 percent of its smaller rival, which brews and sells beer in China’s eastern Shandong province, according to a statement to Hong Kong’s stock exchange.

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PLANNED strike by Thwaites staff was called off because of a legal technicality in a ‘massive blow’ to workers, it has emerged.

Employees at the brewery firm’s sites in Blackburn balloted last month in a row over sick pay but action was cancelled at the 11th hour.

However, it has now emerged that the proposed strike by 100 GMB union members failed because of a technicality, not because staff and Thwaites bosses reached a settlement.

Some members who had already accepted changes to the company’s sick pay scheme then voted in the strike ballot, rendering it invalid.

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.Carlsberg A/S received the final approval from China’s government to boost its shareholding in Chongqing Brewery Co., paving the way for further expansion in the world’s most population nation.

China’s Ministry of Commerce approved Chongqing Brewery’s proposal to sell a 12.25 percent stake to Carlsberg, the Chinese company said in a statement to Shanghai’s stock exchange yesterday. The Hong Kong unit of Copenhagen-based Carlsberg will pay 2.39 billion yuan ($359 million) to boost its holding in Chongqing Brewery to 29.7 percent.

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Heineken is ditching its familiar shortneck bottle across the globe -- everywhere that is, except for the United States.

The new bottle, which will debut in Western Europe early next year, has a longer neck that has a slight indentation where the Heineken name is displayed vertically. But Heineken USA is sticking with the shortneck because it wanted to differentiate the import from U.S. domestic beers, which tend to come in longnecks, said spokeswoman Tara Carraro.

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FOSTERS denies there is a threat to Christmas beer supplies because of a planned strike by workers at Visy cardboard packaging plants.

About 400 workers at Visy sites in Victoria and NSW have voted to strike indefinitely from Friday over an enterprise bargaining dispute, potentially affecting Victoria Bitter and Fosters supplies.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said the strike had the potential to disrupt beer supplies for Christmas.

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02 December 2010

Danish brewing company, Carlsberg A/S, the world's fourth-largest brewer, yesterday opened its fifth and largest brewery in India in Andhra Pradesh.

This brewery is also Carlsberg India's first brewery in South India and is located at Medak near Hyderabad.

Spread over 36 acres, the brewery, which has an investment of Rs128 crore has an installed capacity of 4.25 lakh hectoliters with the potential to ramp up production to one million hectoliters, will employ 200 people.

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The brewing venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors in the US, MillerCoors, is investing heavily in its new craft and import beer business as it anticipates niche beers will continue to outpace mainstream brands in the next few years.

MillerCoors is trialling its standalone craft and import business, Tenth & Blake, in half a dozen areas of the US as it seeks to tap into strong consumer demand for high-end, smaller-scale beers in the country.

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HUNDREDS OF ACTIVISTS LAY PLANS TO STOP THE
CARNAGE IN ONTARIO WORKPLACES

(TORONTO) - More than 500 union activists will gather tomorrow, Thurs. Nov. 25, at the downtown Sheraton Centre, for a pivotal three-day Health & Safety and Workers’ Compensation conference designed to stop bad employers from killing and maiming more workers.

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Do you want your dog to get snokkered with you this weekend? Now he can! All you have to do is fetch him some Dog Beer.

As most dog owners know, despite the funny commercials, you cannot safely give a dog a Budweiser (or any beer made for humans). It can make him sick, dehydrated and can even be fatal, depending on how much he drinks. And, although dogs are attracted to the smell of hops, many dogs are sensitive to them.