Beer-drinkers in the UK who thought that consolidation and “crafty” brews were an evil to be found only in the USA will be distressed by news in today’s Guardian: British craft beer boom stalls as big drinks companies muscle in.
Why would a big drinks giant buy a craft brewer? Maybe not for the obvious reasons. Or maybe not only for the obvious reasons.
The number of firms that own the food brands you see is much smaller than you think. That’s not good for consumers or suppliers.