Lion to go to next level green in beer brewing

Original article by Elouise Fowler
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 15-Nov-19

Australian brewer Lion has announced that it intends to become carbon neutral by 2020. Lion’s current efforts in this area include solar panels on its Geelong and Brisbane breweries, while the latter collects the biogas emitted from the beer fermentation process to use as fuel to power some of the plant’s steam boilers. Lion announced its carbon neutral target ahead of the 15 November launch of Climate Active, which is the re-branded name of the federal government’s carbon neutral certification project.

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LION PTY LTD

Beer giant CUB expands into wine

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 17-Sep-19

Beer company Carlton & United Breweries has purchased Riot Wine Co, which sells wine in aluminium cans and kegs. Riot Wine was established in 2016 by Joe Cook and Tom O’Donnell, with 90 per cent of its sales coming from on-tap wine in bars and hotels. CUB sales vice-president Rose Scott says Riot’s management will continue to run the company, while she says that CUB has no further wine investments in mind at this stage.

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CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, RIOT WINE CO

Treasury Wine answers critics with big profit

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: Online : 16-Aug-19

Treasury Wine Estates released its 2018-19 results on 15 August, with the company reporting a net profit of $419.5 million, up 16 per cent. Sales increased by 17 per cent to $2.831 billion, while Treasury Wine declared a final dividend of $0.20 per share, up from $0.17. Its earnings in Asia rose 43 per cent to $293.5 million, while earnings in the Americas and Australia rose 13 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. As well as releasing its full year results, Treasury Wine also advised it had acquired the French winery Cambon La Pelouse.

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TREASURY WINE ESTATES LIMITED – ASX TWE, CAMBON LA PELOUSE

Divestments on cards in Asahi CUB buyout

Original article by Simon Evans, Tim Boyd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 23-Jul-19

Asahi Beverages Australia’s executive chairman Peter Margin has downplayed suggestions that the acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries may force the Japanese group to sell some beer brands due to competition concerns. CUB is estimated to have a 48.8 per cent share of the Australian beer market, while the market share of Asahi’s brands is about 1.2 per cent. CUB may have increased its market share in June after it engaged in heavy price discounting and trade loading in the lead-up to the end of the financial year.

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ASAHI BREWERIES LIMITED, CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, ASAHI BEVERAGES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, LION PTY LTD, COOPERS BREWERY LIMITED, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA/NV, SABMILLER PLC, FOSTER’S GROUP LIMITED, STONE AND WOOD BREWING COMPANY PTY LTD

Asahi puts $16bn on bar for CUB

Original article by Bridget Carter, Eli Greenblat
The Weekend Australian – Page: 25 & 28 : 20-Jul-19

Japan-based Asahi is set to acquire Carlton & United Breweries in a $16bn deal, subject to approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. The deal includes beer brands such as Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draught, and is expected to be finalised in the March 2020 quarter. Asahi secured the deal after Anheuser-Busch InBev abandoned plans for an IPO of its Asian brands, including CUB. The IPO documents show that CUB had a 48.8 per cent share of the Australian market in 2018, while rival brewer Lion – which is owned by Japan’s Kirin – had a 36.4 per cent market share.

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CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, ASAHI BREWERIES LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA/NV, LION PTY LTD, KIRIN HOLDINGS COMPANY LIMITED

Australian winemakers stockpile supplies in Europe as hard Brexit beckons

Original article by Hans van Leeuwen
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 14-Jan-19

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit presents a big headache for the Australian wine industry. Australia is the biggest source for UK wine imports, with about 240 million litres of Australian wine exported to the UK each year. Of that, 80 per cent is sent in bulk and is bottled in the UK, with 25 per cent of that then being re-exported to the European Union. A no-deal Brexit is likely to result in delays in shipments of Australian wine from the UK as a consequence of new customs procedures. Winemakers are already stockpiling supplies in Europe, while in the longer term they may decide to choose to bottle wine in Europe or export bottled wine directly from Australia to Europe.

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TREASURY WINE ESTATES LIMITED – ASX TWE, CASELLA WINES PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN VINTAGE LIMITED – ASX AVG, THE YALUMBA WINE COMPANY, ACCOLADE WINES LIMITED

TCCC, Coca-Cola Amatil take 45pc stake in beverage maker Made Group

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 5-Oct-18

Coca-Cola Amatil and The Coca Cola Company are to acquire a 45 per cent stake in beverages company Made Group for an undisclosed amount. The Melbourne-based Made Group was founded in 2005 and makes brands such as Impressed cold-pressed juices, Rokeby Farms smoothies, and Cocobella coconut water. It currently sells its products through outlets such as Woolworths and Coles, and is due to move into a new $45 million manufacturing facility in South Dandenong in Melbourne before the end of 2018

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COCA-COLA AMATIL LIMITED – ASX CCL, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, MADE GROUP, MACQUARIE CAPITAL PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Pepsi, Coke vow to cut sugar levels

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 26-Jun-18

Members of the Australian Beverages Council have agreed to pursue a 20 per cent reduction in sugar levels in non-alcoholic drinks by 2025. The move is seen as an attempt by soft drink makers such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola to offset calls for a tax on sugary drinks, although both the federal government and Labor have stated that they are against such a tax. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has welcomed the agreement, while Greens leader Richard Di Natale claims that soft drink makers are more interested in making profits than in promoting good health.

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AUSTRALIAN BEVERAGES COUNCIL LIMITED, PEPSI-COLA BOTTLERS AUSTRALIA, COCA-COLA AMATIL LIMITED – ASX CCL, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, FRUCOR BEVERAGES (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, SUNTORY LIMITED, ASAHI BEVERAGES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

Little Creatures crafts a strategy for China

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 12-Jun-18

Craft beer’s share of the broader beer market is much greater in some parts of the world than others, according to Matt Tapper. The MD of global markets for brewer Lion says craft beer’s market share is generally less than one per cent in Asian markets, compared with up to 15 per cent in North America. The low adoption of craft beer by Asian consumers is prompting Lion to target markets such as China and Singapore with its Little Creatures craft beer brand, which started life in Fremantle and is currently sold in 30 overseas markets.

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LION PTY LTD, LITTLE CREATURES BREWING PTY LTD, DXCEL

Global beer giant snaps up minnow

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 1-Dec-17

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has acquired Adelaide-based craft beer maker Pirate Life for an undisclosed sum. Pirate Life currently produces around 3 million litres of beer at its Hindmarsh plant, but Anheuser-Busch InBev intends to provide it with $A10 million to help it build a bigger brewery, increasing its annual output to around 8 million litres. Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of Pirate Life comes two months after it bought Sydney-based brewer 4 Pines.

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ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV SA/NV, PIRATE LIFE, 4 PINES BREWING COMPANY PTY LTD, CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, COOPERS BREWERY LIMITED, CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA