AB InBev and SA Breweries to launch alcohol-free grain snack to support farmers

SOUTH AFRICA - South African Breweries in partnership with the parent company AB InBev are piloting a savoury, alcohol-free grain snack, made from locally grown grain to support emerging farmers and community development initiatives, reports ANA. The snack, called Castle Lager Better Bites is packaged in 40g packs and available for purchase at five tavern…

AB InBev and coffee maker Keurig launch home cocktail machine in the US

USA – Keurig Dr Pepper has partnered with AB InBev to launch Drinkworks Home Bar, a pod-based cocktail-making machine for people who struggle to stir, mix, or shake their own cocktails at home. The machine is able to prepare cocktails, brews, ciders by calculating the precise amount of water and carbonation needed for each proprietary.…

AB InBev and SA Breweries invest US$30m in new production line

SOUTH AFRICA - Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev Africa and South African Breweries (SAB) have invested US$30.92 million in a new production line launched at SAB’s Ibhayi Brewery in Port Elizabeth. This is the second line at the brewery, which was commissioned in 2001 with US$45.91 million in investment. According to Engineering News, the new packaging line…

AB InBev reports 11% loss of shares in third-quarter sales of 2018

USA – AB InBev, a multinational drink and brewing holdings company, has reported a 11% loss in shares in third quarter sales results 2018, with 50% dividend cuts as it pays down 2016 SABMiller acquisition. The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has cut its dividend in half and reported weak third-quarter profits hit by slower…

AB InBev partners Accenture to boost sales and distribution in Africa

AFRICA - The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev has entered into an agreement with a leading global professional services company, Accenture to boost its sales and distribution operations on the continent, reports MarketWatch. The three-year contract will see the implementation of the Accenture NewsPage Distributor Management System (DMS), a distributor management and sales force automation…

AB InBev opens new automated ‘robo-warehouses’ in UK brewery

UK - AB InBev, a multinational drink and brewing holdings company, is opening a new automated warehouse with space to store 23 million pints of beer at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales. According to the company, the 80,000 cubic metre warehouse will enable AB InBev to meet growing UK demand for beer…

Japanese brewer Sapporo to form partnership with AB InBev to improve distribution

JAPAN - Japanese brewer Sapporo will resume its exports to China through a distribution partnership with AB InBev, as it aims to target the premium beer segment. According to FoodBev, China is the world’s largest beer market and Sapporo drew attention to the premium segment, including imported beer brands, which it says is exhibiting “dramatic…

AB InBev UK launches Michelob Ultra beer as no and low alcohol beer sales rise

UK - Sales of no and low alcohol beer are rising on the trend among British consumers for balanced lifestyles and a social shift towards drinking in moderation. No-alcohol and low-alcohol beer sales increased 20% year-on-year in 2018, according to industry data of sales in supermarkets and other off-trade locations prepared for AB InBev UK…

Carlton & United Breweries launches first non-alcoholic beer in Australia

AUSTRALIA - Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Carlton & United Breweries, an Australian brewing company, has launched its first non-alcoholic beer in the brewery’s 180-year history. According to the company, Carlton Zero is for beer lovers who want more opportunities to enjoy beer responsibly, an option of a non-alcoholic beer that actually tastes like beer. The company added…

International Breweries to commission new US$250mn Sagamu plant August 28

NIGERIA - AB InBev’s Nigerian unit, International Breweries Plc (IB Plc) will commission new US$250 million plant in Sagamu, its fourth brewery in Nigeria and the biggest in West Africa on August 28. According to the Guardian, the inauguration will be conducted by President Muhammadu Buhari and complements other brewing facilities in Ilesa, Onitsha, and Port-Harcourt.…