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Brewers move upmarket in China as thirst for beer wanes

Domestic leaders China Resources and Tsingtao battle AB InBev for supremacy

China's beer market is becoming more competitive as domestic and foreign brands battle for shelf space. 

DALIAN, China -- Competition is intensifying in China's premium beer market, with two domestic producers moving to solidify their positions, while Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer, is aggressively going after market share.

In China, the world's largest beer market, China Resources Beer is the top player, followed by compatriot Tsingtao Brewery and Belgium-based AB InBev. The value of beer sales in the world's most populous country is surging due to the growing popularity of premium products.

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