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Premium and superpremium beers will continue to thrive, although there is likely to be a levelling off of the growth in demand for them, particularly in developed markets. A new report, The International Market for Premium Beer, from beverage industry analysts Canadean shows that while the global beer market grew by an average of 2 per cent per annum between 1996 and 2000, premium beer sales rose by nearly 4 per cent and superpremium sales by 8 per cent. In line with this performance the report predicts that despite slowing down, both premium and superpremium brands will still do well, with the latter being less susceptible to downward pricing pressures as consumers automatically expect to pay more for them. This was split 10 per cent premium and 5 per cent superpremium..

Last year, Brazil’s leading brewer Ambev saw beer sales go down but beer revenues go up. Although in volume it sold 0.4 per cent less beer in 2001, its net revenues rose 24.3 per cent to R$6.5 billion (US$2.77 billion). This result has to be credited to higher beer prices. According to A/C Nielsen, the brands Brahma, Skol and Antarctica had price increases between 14 per cent and 17 per cent last year. With a market share of more than 70 per cent, it is no problem for AmBev to lift beer prices above the rate of inflation - 7.3 per cent according to the São Paulo University Financial Institute IPC index. Beer represents more than 70 per cent of AmBev’s revenues. In 2001 beer venues were R$4.8 billion (US$2.04 billion). Its softdinks division improved results by 13.9 per cent..

Molson reported its profit expectations for 2002 which it believes to grow 20 per cent before interest and taxes thanks to a programme of cost reductions at its Brazilian operations Kaiser. In March, Molson had paid US$765 million for Brazil’s second largest brewer Kaiser. Molson expects 27 per cent of the annual C$66 million gain to come from increased revenue, 22 per cent from procurement synergies, 20 per cent from a better use of capacity, 16 per cent from improved logistics and 15 per cent from workforce re-organisation. The project is to run over the next three years.

Is this the first step towards ... well, you know ... because Argentina’s major brewer Quinsa (11.5 million hl beer) has agreed to sell a 36 per cent voting stake to Brazil’s No 1 brewer AmBev in return for Quinsa’s assistance in distribution operations in several Latin American countries. Quinsa, a Luxembourg-based holding and owner of Argentina’s No 1 beer brand Quilmes, reported that it would take over AmBev’s operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay in exchange for 26.4 million new class B shares to be issued by Quinsa. AmBev will distribute Quilmes in Brazil and will purchase 230.9 million class A Quinsa shares for $346.4 million for a 36.09 per cent share of the voting rights and 37.5 per cent of the economic interest in Quinsa.

At his age, other will seriously consider retirement. Not Bill Owens, American photographer, brewer and publisher extraordinaire. When In 1983 he opened Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, his was the first brewpub in the nation. Three years later he bought a small magazine, "Home Fermenter’s Digest", merged it with "Amateur Brewer" and renamed it "American Brewer". Years later he received a phone call and was told there was another publication which used the same title, "American Brewer". Bill told the caller that this had to be a mistake as he owned the trademark. Indeed, the original "American Brewer" was published for 108 years, from 1850 until 1958.
When he bid farewell to his loyal readers last year, Bill had published more than 90 issues of "American Brewer" over the course of 17 years.

Looks like he is diversifying a bit. Or he must have been reading about the Enron 401-k plan problems! Because Anheuser-Busch Cos Inc.’s Chairman August Busch recently sold $3 million in shares of the nation’s No. 1 beer maker, and he plans to sell $3.7 million more, according to a regulatory filing. Busch sold 25,700 common shares worth $1.2 million on 11 February, then sold 37,000 shares 10 days later valued at $1.8 million, said the filing, which was publicly released by the Securities and Exchange Commission. It also showed that he plans to sell an addi-tional 74,860 shares worth $3.7 million. Busch beneficially held more than 7 million shares of Anheuser-Busch, according to the company’s most recent proxy in March 2001.

Growth in consumption of alcoholic beverages continues in Canada. Foreign goods are becoming ever more popular, German producers are improving their position. Domestic producers, mostly smaller and medium-sized operations, are gear-ing up to meet the increased demand. In the 1999/2000 fiscal year (1.4 to 31.3.), beer took top spot in alcohol consumption with a per-capita figure of 85.5 l, followed by wine with 11.7 l and spirits with 6.3 l.
Overall, in fiscal 1999/2000, sales of alcoholic beverages from domestic sources amounted to 13 billion CAD, an increase of 5.8% on the previous year. Beer accounted for 51.6% of this total. Output of beer from private and listed companies destined for the domestic market is given by the Canadian Statistics Office as 20.65 million hl.5 million l..

Sometimes you don’t seem to be doing things right. In February when Heineken bought Russia’s third largest brewer, Bravo (4.2 million hl) for an estimated US$400 million, did you hear the markets make any noises? Certainly neither squabbles nor consenting grunts were to be heard. But was it not high time that the Dutch brewer had moved into the Russian growth market? After all, everybody else had been there for years. That may be but still the markets were quiet. When in March Heineken reached an agreement with Canadian brewer Molson as concerns the Brazilian market, commentators applauded Molson’s CEO Dan O’Neill on this gutsy move but bickered that Heineken appears to have lost out in yet another acquisition race for fear of overpaying.
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Anheuser-Busch Inc., the U.S. beer unit of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., announced that it achieved record U.S. beer sales volume in 2001, and its parent, the world’s top brewer, set a 10 percent earnings per share growth target for 2002.
Domestic beer shipments to wholesalers grew to 99.5 million barrels in 2001, up 1.2 million barrels or 1.2 per cent over 2000, Anheuser-Busch Inc. Chief Executive Patrick Stokes said in a statement. Stokes also said that Bud Light, the top-selling beer in the US, continued its strong sales performance, followed by Budweiser, which is the top-selling brand in the world. For the fourth quarter, beer shipments by Anheuser-Busch to its wholesalers grew 0. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Cos..

Not tardy to launch new products, Miller Brewing Co. has also teamed up with Skyy Spirits LLC, a San Francisco-based marketer of the "Skyy" Vodka brand, to sell a citrus and vodka-flavoured malt beverage, beginning in March. The Skyy vodka brand is packed in a cobalt blue bottle. Similarly, the malternative, "Skyy Blue", will arrive in cobalt blue bottle and will be sold as a super-premium product at US$7 for a six-pack. According to Beer Marketers Insights, the malternative category sold almost three million barrel in 2001. Most of the growth was attributed to Smirnoff Ice which started the craze January last year. The growth of the category came at the expense of beer brands..