Friday, December 18, 2015
Have a beer?
The consolidation in the food industry is continuing at a rapid pace. The last megamerger is between the two leading (I am talking volume here, not quality) breweries in the world Anheuser-Busch InBev - with a 20.8% market share and SABMiller - having a 9.7% market share.
The list of beer brands they control is impressive with 97 different beers:
2M: Lager from Mozambique named after the brewery “Mac Mahon”.
Aguila/Aguila Light: Beer family from Columbia.
Alpha Pale Ale: Australian ale.
Arany Ászok: One of the most popular beer brands in Hungary.
Arequipeña: Peruvian beer brewed by the largest brewery in Peru.
Atlas: A light beer from Panama that is similar to a Bud Light.
Balboa: Another darker beer from Panama named after Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Balimi: Tanzanian beer that is a key part of SABMiller’s African expansion.
Barena: Brewed in El Salvador, also has a cousin from Honduras.
Beez Neez: A honey-infused beer from Australia.
Blue Moon: Belgian-style beer that is a competitor (or peer) to Shock Top.
Bohemian Pilsner: Australian beer brewed at Matilda Bay.
Cascade: A family of popular beers from Australia.
Dębowe Mocne: Beer from Poland.
Dirty Granny: Australian beer that, for our money, has one of the best beer names around…
Dogbolter: Or not, if this dark lager from Australia has anything to say.
Dorada: Family of beers brewed in the Canary Islands.
Dreher 24: Line of Hungarian beers that was SABMiller’s entry point into the European market. Also sells a ginger-flavored variant.
Eagle Lager: Beer from Uganda that became the first to be made with local sorghum grain.
Fat Yak: Another Australian beer.
Flying Fish: South African beer that comes in Pressed Lemon and Crushed Orange flavors.
Foster’s: International Australian brand that is the runner-up beer in the U.K.
Frisco: A fruity beer launched in the Czech Republic.
Gambrinus: Family of beers brewed in the Czech Republic, named after a king in Flanders.
Gingers: Polish beer that tastes like, well, ginger.
Golden Light: El Salvador pale lager that is the unofficial beer for females there.
Great Northern Brewing Co.: Australian brewed in Queensland’s first brewing operation.
Green Mill Cider: Polish cider.
Grolsch: Golden Dutch beer given a royal title in the Netherlands.
Kobányai Sör: Hungarian beer that has won awards for its quality and value.
Książęce: A bittersweet Polish beer with equally hard-to-pronounce Ciemne Łagodne and Złote Pszeniczne variants.
Laurentina: Mozambique’s oldest beer brand.
Lech: Polish lager that courted controversy for ads with the slogan “cold Lech”, accidentally referencing the former president Lech Kaczyński.
Leinenkugel: A beer brewed in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and usually referred to by the short-hand “Leinie”.
Lion Lager: Originated in Zimbabwe, now brewed in South Africa.
Maluti: Lesotho-based beer that subtly references a range of mountains there.
Mercury Special Dry: Australian cider.
Mickey’s: American beer that recently sponsored the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Miller: The line of beers in the U.S., with Miller Lite being the first light beer in the world.
Milwaukee’s Best: Line of beers brewed in Milwaukee renowned for its “can-crush” series of advertisements.
Mosi: Zambian beer named after the Mosi oa Tunya Falls.
Ndovu: Tanzania’s only premium lager.
Nile: Ugandan beer nationalised by Idi Amin in 1972.
NT Draught: Australian beer popular in the Northern Territory.
Olde English 800: Beer in the U.S. known for its forty ounce bottle.
Peroni: Italian beer with its brewery based in Rome.
Pilsen: Columbian line of beer.
Redd’s: Polish beer with green apples and lemon.
Royal Challenge: Beer brewed in India that is the second biggest mild beer brand there.
Saris: Slovakian beer brewed in the largest brewery in Slovakia.
Snow: Beer from China that is touted as the best-selling beer brand in the world.
Strongbow: The world’s leading cider. SABMiller owns the Australian rights.
St. Louis: Beer from Botswana.
Tyskie: Poland’s top-selling beer brand.
Victoria Bitter: Known as VB, this is traditionally Australia’s top-selling beer.
Velkopopovický: Family of beers from the Czech Republic that has been exported to more than 30 countries, and whose symbol is a goat.
Bud Light: The most popular beer in the U.S.
Budweiser: The self-professed “king of beers” that’s sold in over 80 countries.
Corona: Mexico’s best-selling beer with skyrocketing popularity in the U.S. (along with poor “taste ratings).
Stella Artois: A pilsner tied to a Belgian brewery dating back to 1366.
Beck’s: The world’s top-selling German beer.
Leffe: A family of Belgian beer, the brand also boasts a museum in the town of Dinant.
Hoegaarden: A wheat beer from Belgium known for its distinctive fruity taste
Michelob Ultra: A light beer known for its low calorie content and a short sponsorship deal with Lance Armstrong.
Skol: The beer with no country—it’s the leading beer brand in Brazil, is hot in Africa, and has roots in Belgium.
Brahma: The yin to Skol’s yang, a homegrown Brazilian beer popular with locals.
Antarctica: Another beer brewed in Brazil.
Quilmes: Owns almost three-quarters of the beer market in Argentina.
Jupiler: A pale lager that’s the biggest-selling beer in Belgium.
Victoria: Mexico’s oldest beer brand.
Modelo Especial: A Mexican sister to Corona that’s the second most imported beer to the U.S.
Klinskoye: Russian pale lager that’s one of the top-selling there.
Sibirskaya Korona: Another Russian beer that courted David Duchovny to star in a TV ad.
Chernigivske: A Ukrainian beer that is pronounced “Cher-nee-jivsk”
Harbin: Originating from China’s oldest brewery, it’s the top-selling beer in Northern China.
Sedrin: Another popular Chinese beer.
Cass: South Korea’s number one beer, known for its horrible smell.
Alexander Keith’s: Beer from Canada.
Bohemia: Hugely-popular Brazilian beer.
10 Barrel Brewing: Oregon-based craft beer bought by AB InBev last year.
Löwenbräu: The Munich-brewed beer that literally means “lion’s brew”.
Goose Island: The Chicago craft beer that was acquired in 2011.
Bass: The English ale imported to the U.S.
Boddington’s: The gold-colored ale from England that was once synonymous with Manchester.
Busch: American beer that became the first new brand introduced by Anheuser‑Busch after the Prohibition era.
Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider: Added to lineup in 2014 to bolster fast-growing hard cider segment.
Kirin: Japanese beer that AB InBev brews for sale in the U.S., an issue of consternation in court.
Landshark Lager: A Florida-based beer that can be consumed with lime.
Elysian: Seattle-craft beer.
Natural: Reduced calorie light beer also popular in the U.S.
Oculto: A Mexican-themed beer partly brewed in Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
ZiegenBock: Texan beer that won a bronze medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival.
Kokanee: Western Canadian beer.
Rolling Rock: Beer founded in Pennsylvania.
Shock Top: Belgian-style wheat beer that sponsors Tough Mudder.
Redbridge: A gluten-free beer.
Wild Blue: A fruit-infused lager supposedly popular with pork.
Source of list: Forbes