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Bottles of Heineken beer are displayed before a news conference in London.
Bottles of Heineken beer are displayed before a news conference in London.
(STEPHEN HIRD/REUTERS)

FINANCIAL TIMES

Heineken and Carlsberg: two brewers, two sets of problems

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What’s your tipple? One of the oldest corporate games of compare-and-contrast concerns Heineken NV and Carlsberg. The Dutch and Danish brewing groups, respectively, can look strikingly similar from some angles. But their differences are equally important – including their respective positions in, and the importance of, their core European market.