Bengaluru to get a taste of AB InBev's local wheat beers

In October last year, the world’s biggest brewer set up an Indian unit, 7 Rivers Brewing Co, to launch the two wheat beer variants in Mumbai and Pune.
  • Vaishnavi Gupta News Editor
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Anheuser Busch InBev (AB InBev), while sells Budweiser and Corona, has introduced its local wheat beers, Veere and Machaa, in Bengaluru.

In October last year, the world’s biggest brewer set up an Indian unit, 7 Rivers Brewing Co, to launch the two wheat beer variants in Mumbai and Pune.

Kartikeya Sharma, President (South Asia) for AB InBev, said, “We are constantly looking at ways to enhance our existing portfolio of beers and the launch of Veere and Machaa is yet another step in that direction. We are delighted with the response from our consumers in Mumbai and Pune. We see a growing trend of specialty wheat beers across the top urban centers in the country.”

Bengaluru to get a taste of AB InBev's local wheat beers

Wheat beer

These beers have a larger proportion of wheat malt than malted barley. In India, the number of bars that increasingly stock Belgian Witbier and German Hefeweizen-style wheat beer is on the rise, helped by surging consumer demand.

AB Inbev’s craft-style beer is a locally made Belgian wheat beer made using wheat sourced from various parts of Punjab and Haryana. Veere has notes of orange and coriander flavors, while Machaa is a tropical beer with flavors of banana and cloves sourced from Tamil Nadu.

In December last year, United Breweries (UB) also ventured into the fast-growing craft beer segment with the introduction of Kingfisher Ultra Witbier.

Bengaluru to get a taste of AB InBev's local wheat beers

Indian Beer Market

As per the report, India Beer Market Overview, 2018-2023, The Indian Alcoholic beverages market observed the highest market share of Whisky which is followed by brandy & beer. Indian Beer market has a market share of 17%, being third in the Indian alcohol beverages market.

The rise in disposable income of the Indian population has somewhere led the consumers to shift from standard beers to premium and craft beers. The population is turning more brand conscious, offering numerous business opportunities to entrepreneurs.

The beer consumption in India, in volume terms, is less than 1.5% of global beer volumes, while spirits consumption is as much as 12%. Also, the country’s per capita beer consumption at around 2 litres per annum remains materially below other markets.

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