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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.

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SABMiller Plc, the world’s second- biggest brewer by volume, bought the owner of Argentina’s Isenbeck and Warsteiner beer brands, entering a market which is dominated by larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

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Toronto (LBOC) - Labatt has announced the further expansion of Alexander Keith’s brewing to London, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Last year Labatt started brewing Keith’s in Creston, British Columbia.

“The expansion of brewing is a direct result of Keith’s growth from a regional favourite to become Canada’s #1 domestic specialty beer. said Richard Musson, vice president, Marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. “The change will allow us to ensure consistent, sustainable supply of Keith’s to consumers.”

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Brewery boss in call for a long-term industry strategy
THE boss of a Burton brewing giant has given his take on what is wrong with beer in the UK and details how to put the industry back on the front foot.

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