In mid-August, Carlsberg reported a 2% rise in first-half sales, with profits up by 23%. Here`s a breakdown of the brewer's figures in the period by region.

Carlsberg Half-Year 2017 - Net Sales by Region

• Western Europe - Sales -1%, operating profits +14%, volumes -1%

HIGHLIGHTS

Organic and reported net revenue growth of 2% to DKK 31,765m.
Solid price/mix improvement of +4% with good progress across all regions.
Total organic volume down 2%, impacted by PET downsizing in Russia.
Tuborg volume +3% driven by Asia, Carlsberg -1% impacted by tough EURO 2016 comparables.
Craft & speciality volume +25%, alcohol-free beer volume in Western Europe +13%.
Funding the Journey in good shape, delivering according to plan across all regions.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to create Russia's second-largest beer producer by combining its operations in the country with those of Turkey's Anadolu Efes.

The merger, which also includes the brewers' Ukraine businesses, will give the joint-venture a near-20% share of the Russian market by volume, according to figures from market research provider Euromonitor. Carlsberg is Russia's biggest beer producer, with a 32% volume share through its Baltic Beverages Holding division.

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The IUF-affiliated KCTWU OB Union Chapter and OB Labor Union organized at Oriental Brewery owned by AB InBev in Korea held a warning strike today to protest against the failure of the company to engage in good faith bargaining and company violations of the existing collective bargaining agreement.

Heineken NV, the Dutch brewer, is targeting further savings from its zero-based budgeting effort and a push to automate certain processes across the organization.

The company reported a 49% jump in profit for the first half of 2017, fueled by strong sales in Europe.

Heineken applies zero-based budgeting, an accounting tool developed in the 1970s, in varying degrees in the countries that it operates in. The process requires managers to plan each year’s budget as if starting from scratch, rather than extrapolating from the previous year’s spending patterns. The technique forces them to justify their costs and to evaluate benefits every 12 months.

H1 reported sales up 4% to EUR10.5bn (US$12.3bn)
Organic sales lift 6%
Net profits surge 49% to EUR980m
Operating profits climb 31% to EUR1.6bn
Volumes edge up 3%
Brand Heineken volumes increase 4%

Heineken delivered volumes growth in all four of its reporting regions

Heineken delivered volumes growth in all four of its reporting regions

Heineken has posted a solid lift in H1 sales as volumes increased in all of its regions.

Africa, Middle East & Eastern Europe - Organic sales +12%, Beer volumes +2%

Anheuser-Busch InBev reported an increase in H1 net sales as it gained from last year's SABMiller acquisition. Take a closer look at the company's performance by region in the first six months of 2017.

North America: sales flat, volumes -3%

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SYTBRANA, the Haitian union that the IUF and particularly our Brewery Division and IUF affiliates at Heineken and beyond have supported through a lengthy struggle in Haiti has seen a significant improvement locally with full recognition for the union, an agreement in principle to reinstate dismissed union representatives and a change in local management attitude and personnel.

Ahead of the release on July 27 of Anheuser-Busch InBev's second-quarter 2017 results, here's a look at the events that shaped the three months to the end of June for the company.

- At the beginning of April, Anheuser-Busch InBev was moved to hit back at comments from Boston Beer Co founder Jim Koch, who accused them, among others, of stifling the US craft beer market

-Also in April, AB InBev completed the sale of its indirect interest in South Africa's Distell Group

- Towards the end of the month, the company promoted its US general counsel to lead its global legal team