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Monster Energy in Japan (Picture Copyright: Inazakira/Flickr)

Becoming a Japanese energy drink Monster isn’t easy…

By Ben Bouckley

Monster Beverage Corporation admits its Q2 brand launch in Japan has hit problems, but said the nation’s distributors and retailers were far less tolerant of shipping damages and leakages than in the US.

Picture Copyright: Tom O'Conner/Flickr

Not so 'Easy Tiger': Heineken faces possible APB bidding war

By Ben Bouckley

Heineken faces the potential prospect of a bidding war to seize control of Asia Pacific Breweries (APB), after a company linked to rival ThaiBev trumped the Dutch brewer's S$50 per share bid in a shock move for a smaller stake yesterday. 

Polish PET facility to open by January 2013 - APPE

Polish PET facility to open by January 2013 - APPE

By Ben Bouckley

Beverage packaging giant APPE says work on a new Polish PET facility is on schedule and that commercial production is set to begin in December, ahead of full operation from January 2013.

Rexam prefers patience to Russian Roulette in 2012

Rexam prefers patience to Russian Roulette in 2012

By Ben Bouckley

Rexam will await the effects of higher beer prices before adding extra Russian beverage can capacity, as new comments by Russian president Vladimir Putin sent major brewers’ share prices tumbling yesterday.

AB InBev tells an intriguing Q2 tale of two Buds…

AB InBev tells an intriguing Q2 tale of two Buds…

By Ben Bouckley

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Q2 results reveal a tale of two Buds – namely one of woe for standard Budweiser that the global brewer is struggling to stabilize in the States, and another on high-performing brand extensions.

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