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Grolsch lager is in line for a repositioning exercise in 2012 to take it away from the mainstream premium lager category and into the world beers sector.

Ginger Joe makes TV debut

09 November, 2011

Alcoholic ginger beer Stone’s Ginger Joe is to make its TV debut this month.

Fuller’s has launched a seasonal stout on draught, and plans to bottle it next year.

Carlsberg UK chief executive Isaac Sheps is leaving to take over leadership of the brewer’s Russian business, Baltika, and its eastern European operations.

Off-trade beer sales grew 9.1% in the last quarter, according to the latest report by the BBPA.

Heineken has extended its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup to remain its official beer supplier and worldwide partner for the 2015 tournament in England.

Sun boosts drinks sales

14 October, 2011

September’s record-breaking temperatures have given the drinks sector a huge boost, pepping up a tough summer for sales.

Brains Dark is running an off-trade Halloween promotion, after a similar push last year brought a 30% sales uplift.

New look for Bud cans

06 October, 2011

Budweiser has revamped its cans, with a red “bow tie” sitting behind the Budweiser logo on the new-look version.

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.