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デ・コーニンク醸造所がデュベルモルトガット醸造所に買収されました。

ベルギーの中でもこのデ・コーニンクやパルムのようなペールエールの市場は非常に厳しい状況にあります。そこらへんも含めてブログにアップしたいとは思っていますが。

昔、醸造所に遊びにいったいい思い出もあり、少し寂しい気持ちもします。(六本木の写真投影によく写っています。自分でもいい写真が撮れたと思っていますし。)

自分自身、リーフマンスが倒産して、デュベルが経営を引き継ぎ輸入を辞めた経緯があるのと同じく、
やはりこういう買収があると困るのは輸入元でもあります。周りの醸造所のみんなからもどういう風に思っているのか聞いている所です。そこらへんも含めて私の意見も述べていきたいと思います。

下記はデュベルモルトガットのプレスリリースより。

Regulated information under embargo until 5 August 2010, 17h40

Duvel Moortgat nv
Breendonkdorp 58
2870 Puurs
KBO 0400.764.903

Puurs, 5 August 2010

Press release: Duvel Moortgat takes over Brouwerij De Koninck

Duvel Moortgat nv has reached agreement on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of the
Brouwerij De Koninck group. With this acquisition, Duvel Moortgat expands its portfolio of
specialty beers; it also aims to reinvigorate the De Koninck beer brand.

Brouwerij De Koninck is located in the heart of Antwerp and has a unique bond with the city. The
De Koninck “Bolleke” is most popular in Antwerp and the surrounding area as well as in the
Netherlands, but it also enjoys strong brand recognition throughout Belgium.

Brouwerij De Koninck started its activities in 1827 when Jozeph De Koninck bought a coach
house on the border between Antwerp and Berchem, currently known as “Afspanning De Hand”.
These premises were converted into a brewery in 1833. Since then, the image of a hand has
been immortalized in the brewery’s logo. Over the years, the Van den Bogaert and Van Bauwel
families succeeded in building De Koninck into a valuable brand with a solid local reputation.

Bernard Van den Bogaert states: “This acquisition is a logical step. Because of the small size of
our brewery, we have experienced a lack of commercial strength and distribution channels.
During the last couple of years, Duvel Moortgat has proven that it possesses the right experience.
And the fact that the two breweries have maintained an excellent relationship for generations
adds an extra dimension to this acquisition.”

Brouwerij De Koninck experienced its greatest success during the nineties, achieving a yearly
production level of 130,000 hectoliters. As a result of a shrinking beer market and a strong
decline in the pale ale segment, today less than 50% of that volume remains.

Duvel Moortgat is also acquiring significant real estate, mainly located in the Antwerp region. This
comprises the brewery site, about seven other properties and 63 caf?s, including Antwerp icons
such as “Den Engel” at the Grote Markt and the “Boer van Tienen” at Mechels Plein.

The acquisition also includes beer trader Brouwerij De Valk, based in Wijnegem. De Valk has
grown to become a key supplier in the Antwerp region, delivering to hundreds of caf?s and
restaurants on a daily basis.

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Michel Moortgat (CEO of Duvel Moortgat) states: “We are very pleased to be able to incorporate
Brouwerij De Koninck into the Duvel Moortgat Group. The “Bolleke” is not only a strong brand but
also a quality specialty beer that fits perfectly into Duvel Moortgat’s range (Duvel, Chouffe,
Maredsous, Liefmans, Vedett, Bel Pils). Our international distribution, including our own branches
in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, the UK and the USA, provides an ideal operating base to
progressively develop De Koninck. It did not take us long to reach agreement: family values and
traditions are concepts that both breweries feel strongly about.”

More details of the financial transaction will be disclosed along with the publication of the interim
accounts.

Further information can be obtained from Mr. Michel Moortgat (CEO of Duvel Moortgat) on the
following number: +32 3 860 94 00.

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The history of Duvel Moortgat dates back to 1871. Duvel Moortgat is an independent brewing
group, and differentiates itself with its focus on specialty beers. Duvel Moortgat is renowned
worldwide as the preeminent producer of bottle-conditioned, top-fermentation beers, a dominant
position it owes largely to the success of its best-selling Duvel brand.

A pioneer in fermentation and re-fermentation techniques, Duvel Moortgat has grown to become
not only the 4th largest brewery in Belgium but also the absolute market leader in terms of
operational profitability.

Duvel Moortgat nv has been listed on Euronext Brussels since June 1999.