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Heady Topper points to beer business peak

November 13, 2014

The craze for this small-batch double IPA illustrates the potential for craft brewers to snaffle up both market and dollar share from Big Beer. That’s why AB InBev and others are on the prowl to buy indie brands. It’s great for drinkers, but makes for a very competitive dynamic.

Foster’s gets full measure from SABMiller

September 21, 2011

Like two quarrelsome drunks who are suddenly best of friends, SABMiller and Foster’s Group have quickly patched things up after earlier hostilities.

Frackers ignore German beer angst at their peril

May 24, 2013

Germany’s brewers want to make fracking verboten. In the U.S., the gas drilling technique’s economic benefits trump environmental concerns. Whether it’s the British countryside or German lager, threats to cultural touchstones will hold back a similar boom in Europe.

Pepsi & Anheuser’s cost-saving cocktail

October 14, 2009

The spoils are obvious. Estimates vary, but in the retail sector some half to two-thirds of planned synergies from a merger generally come from purchasing savings. If Pepsi and Anheuser can keep the administrative costs down, then the savings they can make in non-core areas should give them both a competitive advantage.