In Brief

11 July, 2008

How's ship-shape send-off

Majestic Wine is helping chief executive Tim How celebrate his retirement on Aug 7 aboard a World War II sloop moored in London. How's colleagues will be joined by members of the drinks trade to wish him well after nearly two decades at the successful chain's helm. How's PA said the party would be a fitting send-off for her boss, who is an "avid sailor".

Inbev turns screw in A-B bid

Inbev has proposed removing Anheuser-Busch's whole board as it raises the pressure in its bid to buy the US brewer. The move could leave Anheuser facing a shareholder revolt over the $46 billion takeover attempt. The Budweiser brewer has called Inbev's latest move "a self-serving effort to try to purchase at a price determined to be financially inadequate". Inbev is seeking clearance for its plan from the US Securities & Exchange Commission.

Craft brews for Waitrose

Waitrose is tapping into the demand for handcrafted imported beers by giving Swedish microbrewery Nils Oscar Company a listing for its Nils Oscar God Lager in 174 stores. Based in Södermanland, 10km south of Stockholm, Nils Oscar claims to be the only European brewery that controls the whole production process by growing its own crops and owning its own malthouse and brewery.




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