The Great Beer Conspiracy of 2006
There is quite the big beer conspiracy allegedly going on in Australia:
TRADITIONAL Aussie beer drinkers are being hit with massive price rises on their favourite local brews so brewing companies can subsidise imported boutique ales.
New research shows the big liquor companies have dished out huge price increases for mainstream beers like VB, Carlton Draught and Tooheys in recent years.At the same time the price at the top end of town ¿ Corona, Beck’s, Heineken and Stella Artois ¿ dropped markedly.
Liquor retailers yesterday accused big brewers Foster’s and Lion Nathan of inflating ordinary beer prices to make up for narrowing margins in the boutique/premium market.
“I suspect they probably are. We suspect that it’s true,” one senior industry insider said. “We just don’t have the evidence.”
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