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Do Belgians pay too much for their own beer? The European Union thinks so: the EU wants to fine AB InBev for charging higher prices for Jupiler and Leffe in Belgium than in neighbouring countries.
Dutch brewery group Heineken has lowered its financial year's expectations as its profit suffers from increasing competition with AB InBev. Still, turnover and volume were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather in Europe.
In order to counter the decline of their success on the Russian market, Belgian beer giant AB InBev has placed its activities in Russia in a joint venture with Turkish Anadolu Efes.
Hoegaarden experiences strong growth in Asia, but is losing ground in Europe. That is why AB InBev will move part of the production to China and Vietnam: the brewery in Hoegaarden will lower cut its production days by 2 a week.
Despite AB InBev’s beer sales dropping 0.2 % in the first quarter, the Belgian-Brazilian beer giant did generate a turnover increase and a gross profit above expectations.
The world’s largest beer brewer, AB InBev, managed to develop a nutritious, fiber-rich breakfast drink, created from the dry grain leftovers from the beer manufacturing process. The entire product was developed in Louvain.
Beer giant AB InBev has introduced a new technique to become more environmentally friendly when brewing beer, which should lower its carbon emissions worldwide by 5 %. It will also share that technology with smaller breweries in the future.
A strong fourth quarter helped AB InBev improve its annual turnover by 5.1 % to 56.44 billion dollars (46.3 billion euro). Following a 2 % volume drop in 2016, it now had a 0.2 % increase.
AB InBev’s latest marketing stunt is rather unusual: its popular Jupiler brand will disappear from the shelves until July. In order to “support” the Red Devils at the World Cup football (or to benefit from their popularity), it will be rebranded to Belgium.
Beer will become data to AB InBev: the world’s largest beer brewery group is acquiring companies to gain insights into big data. The group wants to know everything about beer drinkers and their habits in order to keep growing.
AB InBev has sold German beer brands Diebels and Hasseröder, alongside its breweries, to investment fund CKCF. The new owner wants to invest more in the two beer brands.
Aldi can sell its own beer Buval in the original red can again, even though there is no denying it looks very much like a can of Jupiler. AB InBev had filed a court case in 2015, but the ruling is that the discounter is not in the wrong.
Brewery AB InBev opened a new brewery in China, which will produce 1.5 tons of beer. It will be the company’s largest Asian brewery and the company’s goal is to take full advantage of the growing Chinese middle-class.
Beer brewer AB InBev failed to live up to expectations in its third quarter. Analysts had expected a small volume increase, but the Belgian-Brazilian company had to accept a loss.