AB InBev (South America)
|Alcohol by volume||2.8–5%|
Skol was initially created to be a global beer brand. Allied Breweries (UK), Labatt (Canada), Pripps-Bryggerierna (Sweden) and Unibra (Belgium) formed a new company called Skol International in 1964. Its aim was the creation of a world-wide beer brand, Skol, which could be licensed, manufactured and marketed across the world. In the late 1960s, it was heavily advertised on Radio Veronica as Skol International, with an advertising jingle sung by Patrica Paay, later a very successful Dutch pop singer and TV presenter. Since then participation in the company has changed significantly.
In 1992, the merger between Allied Breweries and Carlsberg created Carlsberg-Tetley's, who used to brew the beer at their brewery in Leeds until the brewery was closed in 2011. It continues to be distributed in the UK, with an ABV reduced to 2.8%.
Currently, Skol is the most popular beer in Brazil. It was originally produced by Caracu, which was bought by Brahma in 1980. In 1999, Brahma merged with Antarctica and became AmBev, then InBev and later AB InBev. AB Inbev is the biggest beverage company in the world, larger than Coca-Cola in revenue. Skol beer became internationally recognized as a Brazilian beer, though not initially conceived in Brazil.
Carlsberg holds the license to brew and market the beer worldwide, apart from in Africa and South America. Unibra holds the license for Africa. In Europe, the beer is also marketed in Turkey, and in Romania. In Asia, it is distributed in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. In Africa, it is present in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Madagascar and Rwanda.
The brand was awarded a Gold Award at the 2012 World Quality Selections, organized by Monde Selection. This was the second international award that Skol won. The beer was also awarded a gold medal for packaging and a silver medal in the taste category at the 2005 Australian International Beer Awards.
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