|Miller Beer Boycott
Last week the Illegal Immigration
Boycott Coalition passed the 100
supporting organizations mark and
achieved over 12,000 petition
signatures while the Dow Jones
Newswires announced a collapse in
SABMiller's stock value and beer
sales in America!
The boycott by immigration
enforcement groups was brought
on by September 1 reports in the
Chicago Tribune that Miller Brewing
Company gave $30,000 to pro
amnesty organizations that support
illegal immigration. Coalition
members also determined that Miller
gives large sums of money to race
based organizations like La Raza.
According to the Dow Jones News
Newswires (9/22/2006) SABMiller
(SAB.JO) stock had fallen to 999p.
This is a 6.02percent drop since the
launch of the Miller Boycott on
September 5 when the stock was
trading at 1063p. Dow Jones
reports that Miller Beer's sales are
down in America more than other
Since the launch of the boycott,
coalition representatives have been
on over 25 talk radio programs and
covered in several major media
markets spreading word of the
boycott. Over 12,000 people have
signed the petition calling on the
Executive Branch to enforce
existing laws aimed at companies
that hire, aid, and abet illegal aliens.
Almost 1 million hits have been
recorded on the boycott website at
A statement issued by Miller said it
has never supported illegal
immigration and has always
supported the full enforcement of
current U.S. laws.
|Canadian Beer Ghost
The old brick headquarters of Moosehead Brewery in downtown Saint John is said to
be haunted by the restless spirit of a long-dead brewmaster. The apparition has been
spotted in the damp cellars of the Victorian-era building, hovering over the huge copper
vats where the Oland family has brewed its beer for generations.
But patriarch Derek Oland, 66, Moosehead's chairman, is haunted by ghosts of a
different sort these days. In his office, where his ancestors toiled to create what is
now the largest Canadian-owned brewery, Oland lives with the fading memory of a
once-great industry that was populated by some of the most colourful characters
from Canada's corporate past. With the impending sale of yet another major brewery
to foreign interests - this time Ontario-based Sleeman Breweries (TSX:ALE) to
Sapporo of Japan - the Canadian brewing industry is all but dead.
If the Sapporo deal is completed, Canada's three biggest national brewers - Molson
Coors, Labatt and Sleeman - will be owned by foreign companies, although smaller
regional beer producers such as Big Rock (TSX:BR.UN) of Calgary are still in
Canadian hands. Moosehead, which accounts for about 5.5 per cent of national beer
sales, now moves to the top of the heap as the largest Canadian-owned brewery.