The pandemic has hurt the booze business A YEAR AGO your columnist joined a sailing trip to Islay, an island in western Scotland famous for peaty malt whisky that can singe the hair off your nostrils. Its breakfast included haggis—and a dram of scotch. […] Brewers, led by Anheuser-Busch InBev ( ABI ) and Heineken, acquired competitors and slashed costs, creating a high-margin duopoly in some emerging markets. […] That will affect the drinks industry for years to come, because peak alcohol consumption has traditionally been between the ages of 18 and 34. […] Editor’s note: Some of our covid-19 coverage is free for readers of The Economist Today , our daily newsletter .
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