About: beer industry

Alcohol 10-07-2017

Greek court hands Heineken record fine for market abuse

A Greek court has imposed a €26.7m fine on Heineken subsidiary Athenian Brewery for abusing its dominant position in the Greek beer market over more than two decades.
Health 31-05-2017

Beer-loving Czechs stub out cigarettes as pubs go smoke-free

Pubs in the Czech capital Prague filled up on Tuesday night (30 May) and some held special events as smokers lit up for the last time before a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants took effect.
Alcohol 05-05-2017

Lithuania’s new alcohol package raises eyebrows in industry

The Lithuanian government has unveiled new policy measures aimed at tackling alcohol-related harm, including increasing the legal age for buying and consuming alcoholic drinks.
Health 26-09-2016

Beer boss: ‘Commission must bring NGOs back into the EU Alcohol Forum’

The dialogue between the beer industry and civil society organisations continues, despite health NGOs leaving the European Commission-backed EU Alcohol Forum, says Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.
Competition 17-11-2015

Greek beer market investigation exposes EU competition weaknesses

A ten-year long competition investigation into the Greek beer market has raised questions over the European Commission’s ability to enforce fair competition in the EU member states. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Health 05-11-2015

Fighting alcohol harm: Preserving the multi-stakeholder approach

While the European Commission is still debating the added value the EU can bring to tackle alcohol-related harm, The Brewers of Europe remain committed to working together with governments and civil society in promoting responsible beer consumption, writes Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.
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Beer Weekend draws over 60,000 in Brussels
Agrifood 08-09-2015

‘Beer Weekend’ draws over 60,000 in Brussels

The 17th annual Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels attracted over 60,000 visitors to the Grand Place on 4-6 September. Despite the rainy weather, the crowd gathered to taste over 350 beers from more than 40 breweries on the main square of Belgium's capital.
Agrifood 02-04-2015

What’s in alcoholic drinks should be no secret

SPECIAL REPORT / To know what our food and drinks are made of is a basic consumer right. However, alcoholic beverages – often loaded with calories and sugar – scarcely display the full list of ingredients and nutritional information, escaping the rules applied to everything else we eat and drink, writes Ilaria Passarani.
A beer garden in Bavaria [Shutterstock]
Agrifood 02-04-2015

Consumers have the right to know what’s in their beer

SPECIAL REPORT / The Brewers of Europe have announced a groundbreaking commitment to go beyond the existing EU legislation on consumer information, and progressively provide ingredients and nutrition values on their products, writes Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.
Announcement of food labelling
Health 01-04-2015

Commission applauds beer industry’s move on labelling

SPECIAL REPORT / Beer drinkers across Europe will soon be able to find out the detailed calorie and nutrition content of their drinks after four of the world's biggest brewers announced last week that they will make the information available.
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Agrifood 10-01-2014

Beer Serves Europe: Jobs

Europe’s 4,500 brewers can play a strong role in fighting youth unemployment and boosting the EU economy with the right government policies, according to a new EY report and panel discussion held on 4 December, at The Brewers of Europe’s annual gala.
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Agrifood 18-10-2013

The Hospitality Sector in Europe

The Hospitality Sector in Europe - An assessment of the economic contribution of the hospitality sector across 31 countries.   A new Europe-wide study by EY, released Tuesday, shows the hospitality sector plays a critical role in fighting youth unemployment and is essential for jobs and growth and the health of other sectors.
Health 06-12-2012

Belgian lawmakers bitter over French beer tax

Belgian senators have urged the EU to take action on France’s proposed beer tax hike claiming that it infringes European competition rules. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 03-07-2009

Dutch, Italian brewers win ‘Bavaria’ beer ruling

Europe's highest court on Thursday (2 July) upheld the right of Dutch and Italian brewers to sell their 'Bavaria' beer in Italy, despite the German name 'Bayrisch Bier' being protected under EU trade mark law.
Competition 19-04-2007

Brussels downs Dutch beer cartel

Brewers Heineken, Grolsh and Bavaria were fined an unprecedented €273.8 million after the Commission's anti-trust department uncovered evidence of price-fixing, with top management using code names to arrange secret hotel and restaurant meetings.
Competition 09-02-2007

Court confirms abatement of Belgian beer cartel

A €42 million fine imposed on Danone for illegal price-fixing on the beer market in Belgium during the 1990s is entirely justified, the European Court of Justice ruled on 8 February 2006, confirming the Commission's new, tougher guidelines for fixing anti-trust fines.
08-06-2000

European brewers under cartel investigation

The cartel unit of the European Commission is conducting a serious investigation into price-fixing by national brewers.

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