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August 8, 2018

Heineken strikes Chinese expansion deal, Continental splits its business, and Cargill bulks up on meat, animal feed

Heineken strikes Chinese expansion deal

Heineken has taken a $3.1 billion stake in the parent company of China’s largest brewery, China Resources Beer, heating up competition among Western brewers breaking into the largest emerging market.

Heineken, the world’s second largest brewer and 50% owned by the founding family, currently runs at a loss in China, and the new acquisition will give it access to strong distribution networks, and the chance to acquaint Chinese drinkers with its products.

April 21, 2014

A brewery may seem an unconventional playground for a child, but Warsteiner’s ninth-generation CEO Catharina Cramer practically grew up at the family business.

October 18, 2013

The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is to be dramatised in a new film starring British actor Anthony Hopkins as the Dutch brewery heir.

The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is to be dramatised in a new film starring British actor Anthony Hopkins as the Dutch brewery heir.

In 1983, a gang of four criminals who had been friends since childhood abducted Heineken, the third-gen of the brewery empire and the man responsible for its global expansion.

Heineken, along with his chauffeur Ab Doderer, was held for three weeks before being ransomed for 35 million Dutch guilders (€14.4 million) – a record-breaking amount at the time.

April 14, 2012

Family business Heineken is synonymous with beer – after all, the Dutch brewery is the third-largest beer-maker in the world. But now, the company is looking to be associated with something a little different – helping rebuild earthquake-torn Haiti.

Family business Heineken is synonymous with beer – after all, the Dutch brewery is the third-largest beer-maker in the world. But now, the company is looking to be associated with something a little different – helping rebuild earthquake-torn Haiti.

The brewing giant, controlled by the Heineken family, is reportedly planning to meet Haiti’s president Michael Martelly and the Clinton Global Initiative to put together plans to build hospitals and schools in the region.

February 15, 2012

Automobile-manufacturer Peugeot Citroen has been dragged down by loss in its core division while Dutch brewery Heineken has taken advantage of the booming emerging markets to offset decline in Europe.

Two European family businesses have reported contrasting results for 2011 – while automobile-manufacturer Peugeot Citroen has been dragged down by loss in its core division, Dutch brewery Heineken has taken advantage of the booming emerging markets to offset decline in Europe.

September 22, 2011

Family-controlled Coopers Brewery says it will become the largest Australian-owned brewer once a planned takeover of rival Foster’s is completed.

Family-controlled Coopers Brewery says it will become the largest Australian-owned brewer once a planned takeover of rival Foster’s is completed.

Foster’s, the maker of VB and Crown Lager, has agreed to an offer worth AUS$9.9 billion (€7.2 billion) from London-based brewer SABMiller, producer of Grolsch and Miller Lite.

Although it only controls 4% of the market, the Foster's takeover should make Coopers, which will enter its 150th year in 2012, the biggest Australian brewery.

August 3, 2011

A feud has broken out between family shareholders of the Brazilian brewing company Schincariol, after one side of the family sold half of the business to an outside shareholder apparently not notifying the other family members.

A feud has broken out between family shareholders of the Brazilian brewing company Schincariol, after one side of the family sold half of the business to an outside shareholder apparently not notifying the other family members.

Brothers Alexandre and Adriono Schincariol, who own 50.45% of the brewing group through a holding company called Aleadri-Schinni Participacoes e Representacoes, sold their entire stake to Tokyo-based Kirin Holdings, according to a statement issued on 2 August.

January 12, 2011

Family-owned brewing company Heineken announced on 12 January that it has acquired controlling interests in five breweries in Nigeria as it continues its expansion in emerging markets.

Family-owned brewing company Heineken announced on 12 January that it has acquired controlling interests in five breweries in Nigeria as it continues its expansion in emerging markets.

The breweries acquired include two holding companies of the Nigerian-based Sona Group, giving Heineken access to Sona, IBBI, Benue, Life and Champion breweries. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Heineken also said that it would consider the possibility of consolidating the acquired breweries into its existing business in Nigeria, but gave no timetable.  

June 27, 2008

The battle for control of family-run US brewer Anheuser-Busch has taken a dramatic turn as Belgian rival InBev is set to launch a hostile takeover following Anheuser-Busch’s rejection.

The battle for control of family-run US brewer Anheuser-Busch has taken a dramatic turn as Belgian rival InBev is set to launch a hostile takeover following Anheuser-Busch's rejection.

The US brewer finally gave its verdict on the proposed takeover by InBev yesterday and rejected the approach outright. The offer of $65 per share was described as being financially inadequate and not in the best interests of shareholders.

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