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Managing Partner | First Key, a brewery consulting firm working around the world for over 30 years, has announced that Chris Barrow, an industry leading executive, will join the team. His new role will be Managing Partner with First Key Capital Advisors, the investment advisory group at First Key Consulting.

Brewing in the last 75 years | The brewing industry has drastically changed over the past 160 years, especially since the Second World War, i.e. in the last 75 years. What was the situation like in Weihenstephan? What was it like to study at that time? In companies, which technical equipment did brewers returning from the war and their successors have to work with? And who better to tell us about it all than Prof. Ludwig Narziß, an internationally renowned expert in the field of brewing technology, who experienced this first hand…


Walk on the wild side | At the beginning of the winter semester 2020/21, Prof. Brian Gibson accepted a new position at the TU Berlin as professor and head of the department Fachgebiet Brau- und Getränketechnologie (Chair for Brewing and Beverage Technology). His research focus is on brewing yeasts and their influence on fermentation and beer quality. In an interview with BRAUWELT, Prof. Gibson explains what developments can be expected in the field of yeast research in the coming years.


Change at the top | BarthHaas is restructuring its top management: Stephan Barth, managing partner since 1992, moves from executive management to the Board of Directors. His cousin Regine Barth becomes the sole managing director of BarthHaas GmbH & Co. KG.


Change at the top | At the beginning of July 2021, Michel Doukeris assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, succeeding Carlos Brito, who has stepped down after 15 years as CEO.


First year | The KU Leuven in Belgium has been searching for a successor to fill the post left by brewing scientist Prof. Guido Aerts at its Technology Campus in Ghent for some time. At the end of 2019, the university was finally able to find a successor. After an international search for a suitable candidate, a German national had been selected for the position, namely Dr. Florian Weiland, a Weihenstephan graduate. After his first year in Ghent, we spoke with the brewing professor about his German heritage and international experience in the brewing world.


New management | At the end of January 2021, the Belgian Brewers’ Board of Directors announced the appointment of Krishan Maudgal as director of the association.


VLB Berlin | Jan Biering took over the operational management of the VLB Research Institute for Beer and Beverage Production (FIBGP). He succeeds Dr. Roland Pahl, who left the VLB at the end of January at his own request. Dr. Pahl will join Pall Corporation, a global specialist in filtration, separation and processing.


Editorial board | BrewingScience is pleased to announce two new additions to their team: In the past three months they were able to find an additional reviewer and a new member of the editorial board.


European Brewery Convention | On the 17th of November, the Board of The Brewers of Europe appointed Benet Fité as President of the European Brewery Convention (EBC), Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Fité succeeds Mr. Tiago Brandão, who has served as EBC President from 2015 to 2020.


Ireland | The maker of Magners cider, C&C Group, has appointed Heineken UK’s Managing Director David Forde, 52, as its new CEO. Mr Forde will join C&C at the latest in early 2021.