South Africa may prove a bottleneck for Anheuser-Busch InBev as it awaits approval for its SABMiller takeover, an analyst has said.

A broader public focus, including issues such as employment rights for black South Africans, could see AB InBev waiting as long as 18 months for the green light in the country, Bernstein's Trevor Stirling said today. The analyst cited as evidence Walmart's acquisition of Massmart in 2012, approval for which took the same amount of time after opposition from unions and government.

The Coca-Cola Co is likely to accept Anheuser-Busch InBev as its African bottling partner after the brewer's takeover of SABMiller, an analyst has said.

AB InBev is on course to inherit SABMiller's share in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), an Africa-wide bottler announced in late-2014, through its US$107bn takeover. However, Coca-Cola has change-of-control clauses that would allow it to buy back SABMiller's soft drinks assets or sell them to someone else.

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Teamsters from Local 391 rallied on December 15, 2015 in support of the more than 500 employees from the MillersCoors plant that will be losing their jobs in the new year.

The plant in Eden is set to close in late 2016 because of what company officials say is "logistics."

Facilities in Virgina and Florida will take over Eden's responsibilities.

Teamsters say there is no reason for the plant to close.

Heineken Brazil will be constructing a new USD 171 million (BRL 350 million) brewery in Itumbiara (Goias) which is scheduled to open in early 2018. The new facility will have a capacity of 3.5 million hectoliters annually, producing Kaiser, Kaiser Radler, Sun Premium, Bavaria, Heineken and Desperados.

$108 billion brewing mega deal needs to be approved by U.S., EU and others

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s formal agreement to buy SABMiller PLC for about $108 billion sets in motion a complicated, yearlong process of winning regulatory approval around the world.

Ambev SA, the Brazilian unit of Belgium's Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, announced on November 10, 2015 it agreed to buy the Canadian rights to beer and cider brands owned by Canada's Mark Anthony Group for $350 million.

On November 11 2015, Molson Coors Brewing Company announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV to purchase SABMiller plc's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States by SABMiller and Molson Coors in 2008.

AB InBev has formalized a £71bn / $107bn offer for SABMiller, which will see SABMiller’s stake in MillerCoors sold off to address regulatory issues.

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The road ahead is not simple for AB InBev and SABMiller

The biggest deal in the history of the drinks industry has been given the green light, as Anheuser-Busch InBev lines up the US$107.3bn takeover of SABMiller. But, the road ahead looks rocky, with competition issues, market tussles and potentially more divestment in the coming months.

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