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BEER could be in short supply this Christmas season with Tooheys workers launching strike action tomorrow.

The festive season supply of some of the most popular beers in NSW - including Tooheys New, Extra Dry, Old, XXXX Gold, Hahn products, White Stag as well as international labels Heineken and Becks - could be hit by the pay dispute.

Brewery technicians at the beer giant's western Sydney factory will begin a week of strike action aimed at starving the amount of beer the company can supply over the peak summer period.

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Beer champs on the ropes, Deutsche says

In the most memorable scene of the original Rocky movie, Apollo Creed battles Sylvester Stallone's character, Rocky Balboa, in a knock-down, drag-out fight for the ages.

Deutsche Bank analyst Marc Greenberg says that scene reminds him a lot of the U.S. beer market these days. Much like Apollo, he feels the industry's leadership is failing to recognize successful competition and is using passive tactics to meet new challenges.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev has said that it expects stronger profits momentum in the final months of 2010 after the brewer beat most analysts' expectations in its third quarter.

Another strong rise in beer sales in Brazil, up by 12% in volume, propelled Anheuser-Busch InBev to a 4% rise in like-for-like beer sales by volume in the three months to the end of September, compared to the same period of last year.

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The market has suffered bad press, a lack of innovation and increased competition, but the greatest challenge facing Mark Hunter, the Molson Coors UK chief executive and ISBA president, is convincing women to drink beer.

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Dutch brewer Heineken NV (HEIA.AE) Wednesday posted a disappointing drop in volumes as its European markets suffered from low consumer confidence and austerity measures.

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Summary:Karl Lippert, currently President of Bavaria S.A. in Colombia, will be appointed as President, SABMiller Latin America, based in Bogota, reporting directly to Graham Mackay, SABMiller Chief Executive, and will join the SABMiller plc Group Executive Committee, with effect from 1 January 2011.

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Heineken CEO keeps the faith in Europe

Heineken's CEO, Jean-Francois van Boxmeer, has said that the brewer still has room to increase sales in Europe, despite beer consumption declines in many countries.

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What Does The Future Hold For Modelo?

The likelihood of Mexico's Grupo Modelo selling up in the future has often been discussed of late. With Anheuser-Busch InBev accounting for a 50% non-controlling stake in the brewer of Corona, many in the industry find it hard to believe the brewing giant is altogether comfortable in not holding Modelo as a whole. Yet, as Ivan Castano finds out, there are many other runes to be considered when looking into Modelo's future.

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TOKYO (NQN) - Asahi Breweries Ltd. (2502) shipped the most beer and beerlike beverages in the January-September period among Japanese brewers, gaining a 37.2% market share, according to a report five major breweries released Wednesday.

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