Asahi Group’s acquisition of AB InBev’s Carlton & United Breweries gets approval

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has cleared the sale of acquisition of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)-owned Carlton & United Breweries by Asahi Group for AUD16 billion ( ̴ US$11billion). The deal […]

Distell to consolidate core wine brands, offload some assets to balance books

SOUTH AFRICA – Distell has announced that it will consolidate its core wine brands and capabilities to focus on growth in mainstream and accessible premium segments and offload its struggling wine farms in a bid […]

Pernod Ricard acquires full ownership of dry gin brand Monkey 47

FRANCE – Wines and Spirits giant, Pernod Ricard has acquired the remaining stake in dry gin brand Monkey 47 in a transaction makes the French beverage company the exclusive owner of the brand. Pernod Ricard […]

Diageo names Debra Crew as the new president for its North America division

UK – British multinational alcoholic beverages company, Diageo has appointed industry veteran Debra Crew as the new president its North America division, effective from 1 July 2020. Debra will be replacing Deirdre Mahlan who will […]

Alcohol Beverages Association of Kenya warns new taxes will impact the sector

KENYA – Beer and spirits manufacturers in Kenya have raised an alarm over possible increase in taxes saying it will hit sales and State revenues while hurting the fight against illicit brews. The manufacturers through […]

Pernod Ricard expands portfolio with Italian bergamot-infused aperitivo

FRANCE – Pernod Ricard has partnered with Italicus, an Italian super-premium bergamot-infused aperitivo, in a deal that strengthens the French wine and spirits company’s extensive portfolio. Italicus was created by world-renowned mixologist and Italian spirits […]

Beer with a splash of seltzer: Molson Coors’ Leinenkugel introduces Spritzen

USA – The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, part of Molson Coors’ Tenth and Blake craft division, has introduced its new trio of beers with a splash of seltzer, Leinenkugel’s Spritzen, available across the United States. […]

American distilled spirits maker MGP Ingredients acquires New Columbia Distillers

USA – MGP Ingredients a supplier of distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, has acquired Washington, D.C.-based New Columbia Distillers for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2011, New Columbia Distillers produces and markets Green […]

Heineken names first Chief Digital and Technology Officer in management changes

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational brewer, Heineken has announced the appointment of a new Chief Supply Chain Officer and the company’s first Chief Digital and Technology Officer.  The company has named Magne Setnes, currently General Manager […]