Beer market roundup: Africa, January retail sales, and craft demand

|By:, SA News Editor

The overall beer volume numbers from Heinken (HINKY) for 2013 weren't outstanding, but a late-year surge in demand in Africa was a bright spot with several big brewers betting heavy on the region.

A positive read from IRI on January beer sales: Retailers reported a 6.75% increase in sales compared to a year ago for the four-week period ending January 26.

Craft beer market share rose to 7.5% in 2013 after standing at 5.5% just two years ago. Many of the large global brewers are turning to new craft brewery acquisitions and craft products in order to stoke demand.

Related stocks: Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), Heineken (HINKY), Molson Coors (TAP), SABMiller (SBMRY), Boston Beer (SAM), Craft Brew Alliance (BREW).