There is a structural shortage of beer bottles on the European market. The scarcity that already existed before the Covid crisis only became worse last year as brewers switched en masse from barrels destined for the hospitality industry to bottles for supermarkets.
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Carlsberg has exceeded analysts' expectations during the first quarter, mainly pushed by sales in China that are rising far above pre-Covid levels.
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A report by sector association The Brewers of Europe shows that beer sales in Europe were severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic. However, increased retail sales were able to soften the blow.
Heineken sold as much beer in the last quarter as a year ago. The world's second-largest brewing group was able to compensate for the European lockdowns with growth in Asia and Africa.
Heineken is letting go of 8,000 employees, representing around 10 per cent of the entire workforce. After all, the brewing giant still expects little recovery from the Covid crisis in 2021.
The world has lost a Trappist beer. Because of the extinction of the community in Saint Benedict's Abbey in Limburg, Belgium, Achel has to hand in its official recognition as a Trappist product. However, the beer itself will not disappear.
Carlos Brito, CEO of beer giant AB InBev for 16 years, is going nowhere. The top executive denies any persistent rumours that he will soon be replaced.
Carlos Brito's position at the head of AB InBev has never been so unsure in sixteen years. The search for a successor is reportedly in full swing, both inside and outside the world's largest beer-brewing company.
AB InBev has suffered a huge downturn in beer sales last quarter, due to the measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. Profits went downhill even faster for the world's largest brewery group, which also had to admit a huge impairment in Africa.
AB InBev has started testing its own direct-to-consumer webshop. The Belgian beer giant offers next-day delivery for five of its brands.
People seem to be drinking less during the corona crisis: Heineken's sales volume decreased by 14 % in March, resulting in a volume decline of 2.1 % for the quarter as a whole. And still, the beverage group believes the second quarter will be even tougher.
Belgian AB InBev, the world's largest brewing company, has seen its beer sales drop in the past quarter, with particularly disappointing sales in Asia and North America.
Retail sometimes works in mysterious ways... Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt has found itself in growing demand in the Latin American country of Costa Rica - or at least its cheap private label beer, Cara Pils.
Danish brewery group Carlsberg has presented two types of paper bottles, which were developed by the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco). That joint venture's objective is to develop a fully recyclable paper bottle.
Online beer platform Beerwulf.com is starting a trial with beer subscriptions in the United Kingdom. At a later date, the trials will be expanded to other European countries as well.
Belgian beer giant AB InBev is trying again to get its Asian subsidiary, the Budweiser Brewing Company, floated on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Two months ago, the first attempt failed due to lack of interest.