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Wells & Young’s has bought Scottish beer brands McEwan’s and Younger’s from Heineken UK.

AB Inbev to hike prices

03 October, 2011

AB Inbev is to hike its price by 7.8% on top of duty next year.

Waitrose is showcasing British beers with a four-for-three promotion.

Innis & Gunn is releasing a limited edition Highland Cask oak-matured ale.

Specialist beer importer James Clay has launched a stinging attack on the new higher rate of duty for beers with a strength of more than 7.5% abv.

Just under 100 breweries have opened in the UK in the past 12 months, bringing the total to 840.

Heineken UK is on a mission to help convenience retailers maximise profits from their drinks fixtures.

Carling Chrome has made its off-trade debut, answering what Molson Coors says is a demand for a light-tasting premium lager.

Peroni and Pilsner Urquell brewer SABMiller has launched a hostile bid for Australian beer giant Foster’s.

St Austell Brewery’s Proper Job IPA has been named bottled beer of Britain at the Great British Beer festival.

Molson Coors says its UK earnings have increased, despite a “temporary reduction” in marketing spend.

Pedigree and Hobgoblin brewer Marston’s says it is outperforming the declining beer category with an increase in production of its own-brewed beers.

A Yorkshire brewery has been told to stop using the white rose emblem on its bottles following a drawn-out legal dispute with Samuel Smith.

Peroni and Grolsch brewer SABMiller has made a £6.2 billion offer for the Foster’s beer business.

New boss for AB Inbev UK

12 July, 2011

AB Inbev UK has announced its president Stuart MacFarlane will be leaving to lead the brewer's Central and Eastern European Business next year.

Greene King’s Brewing and Brands division saw operating profits rise by 4.1% in its most recent financial year, despite a 2% fall in brewing output.

The government admits it has made “no formal assessment” of how a duty stamp system for beer might counteract fraud in the category.

Budweiser has been confirmed as the sponsor of football’s FA Cup after months of speculation.

Speciality beer importer James Clay is to add a line-up of bottle-conditioned beers from Norway to its range.

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has issued a moderately upbeat assessment of its current trading.

Fuller’s is aiming to attract lager drinkers with a poster campaign for its Organic Honey Dew bottled ale.

London Pride brewer Fuller's says increased emphasis on exports and the off-trade contributed to a 1% fall in operating profits in its beer division in the year to April 2.

Foster’s is following up its exclusive Alan Partridge internet shows with a new series starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Oak-aged beer brand Innis & Gunn is branching out with the launch of two fruit beers.

Tesco stores in Scotland have been selling three cases of beer for as little as £10 following an EPoS error which has led to customer stampedes at some stores.

Budvar UK has produced its first promotional case for independents in a bid to give them a chance against the buying power of the multiple retailers.

Madness are the latest heritage pop and rock act to be signed up to do a Kronenbourg 1664 ad.

Kronenbourg 1664 has signed a deal with Absolute Radio which will see the brand sponsoring comedian Dave Gorman’s Sunday morning show from June 5.

Red Stripe will continue to be brewed in Bedford despite UK marketing and distribution switching to Diageo.