AB InBev management at Sonepat factory in India has been refusing to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the newly elected committee of Haryana Breweries Limited Mazdoor Union since February 2016 and suspended 5 union leaders and members between March and July 2016.

In early-February, Carlsberg released its full-year results for 2017. The brewer saw sales last year inch up by 1% despite a flat performance in the second half. Here is Carlsberg's performance over the last five years.

Australia Trade and Investment Commission reported that Pirate Life Brewing, an Australian subsidiary of Belgian-based beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), is creating more than 80 jobs with a A$15 million investment in a new brewery and bar venue in South Australia.

Plans are underway to source all of the facility’s electricity from renewable energy by 2025. The South Australian Government is contributing A$2 million through its Economic Investment Fund for the site’s redevelopment.

In mid-February, Heineken released its results for 2017. The brewer posted a 5% increase in sales for the 12 months, on a 3% lift in volumes. Here, drinks industry commentator Richard Siddle considers Heineken's performance over the last five years.


Organic revenue (beia) +5.0% with revenue (beia) per hectolitre +2.1%
- Consolidated beer volume +3.0% with growth in all regions
- Heineken® volume +4.5%
- Operating profit (beia) organic growth of +9.3%; operating margin (beia) expansion of +40 bps excluding the Brasil Kirin, Punch and Lagunitas acquisitions
- Net profit (beia) of Euro 2,247 million, +9.3% organically
- Diluted EPS (beia) +7.0% to Euro 3.94
- Proposed 2017 total dividend +9.7% at Euro 1.47 per share

Africa, Middle East & Eastern Europe - Sales on organic basis +13.5


Carlsberg sold the Holsten Brewery site in Altona, Hamburg, one of the largest brewery sites in Europe and an industrial site since 1879. Carlsberg has bought a new site in Hamburg and aims to move its production site to this Hamburg-Hausbruch site in 2018. But not all employees will be offered jobs there. Carlsberg plans to axe 74 jobs in production and logistics which means about 1/3 of the current workforce in production and logistics will lose their jobs.

Carlsberg has opened its eighth brewery in India as it targets growth in the world's second most populous country.

The brewer confirmed that production has started at the Nanjangud site, near Mysuru in the south-west state of Karnataka. The brewery has an 80m-litre capacity and will brew all of the brands in Carlsberg's Indian portfolio, including Carlsberg and Tuborg lagers.


Asahi Holdings has relaunched its core beer Asahi Super Dry in the UK as it looks to Europe to make up for weak domestic sales.

The new Asahi Super Dry, brewed in-house for the first time, will be available in the UK on- and off-premise from today, Asahi said. Previously, Super Dry was produced in the UK by third-party brewer Shepherd Neame but the new version comes from the Padua factory Italy, one of the brewing assets Asahi acquired from SABMiller in 2016.

The IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers has signed an agreement at the Asahi-owned bottled water factory in Albury-Wodonga following a long campaign to bring the company to negotiate the creation of permanent jobs for the many workers stuck in casual employment.