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Teamsters at MillerCoors breweries in Eden, N.C., and Fort Worth, Texas, have ratified new, three-year contracts. The agreements cover more than 900 employees at the two breweries and provide lifetime retiree health care benefits. Members of Local 391 and 997 at each location voted Saturday to ratify the contracts by 88 percent.

“Our members overwhelmingly ratified these contracts at MillerCoors because they provide stability for their families while they are working and in retirement,” said David Laughton, Director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference. “For the next three years, our members at MillerCoors know that their wages and pension benefits are secured and that now their families will be protected after they retire.”

The executive committee of Carlsberg has announced a temporary salary freeze and a suspension of recruitment on all levels starting from January 2015 in the entire Group. Carlsberg is unilaterally introducing a freeze on salaries and hiring new staff in light of its negative results in Russia. This decision violates the rights of unions to negotiate wages.

The IUF urges affiliates that are organized in Carlsberg to inform us of any changes or effects that will be caused by this unilateral decision on the unions' positions to negotiate wages and collective bargaining agreements. Please send the relevant information to burcu.ayan@iuf.org

Carlsberg is closing two of its 10 Russian breweries. Capacity in Russia where Carlsberg earns about a third of its profits and revenues will be reduced by 15 per cent by the twin closures with about 500-600 workers losing their jobs.

Russia has long proved to be a problem for the world’s fourth-largest brewer, almost since it decided in 2008 to take full ownership of Baltika, which is the biggest beer brand in Russia and across Europe. A mixture of a regulatory clampdown, increased taxes, a weakening economy and the plunging rouble has meant Russia has cast a shadow over Carlsberg’s results for several years. The brewer issued two profit warnings last year due to Russian woes.

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AB InBev which brews Budweiser, Stella Artois and Boddingtons, routinely pays the firms four months after receiving their products or services.

Business Minister Matt Hancock said the practice was unacceptable while one firm said it could no longer afford to trade with AB InBev

Brewery workers are very close to achieving the equalization of benefits between the two unions of the subsidiaries of transnational AB InBev in Uruguay and through improving and adding new clauses moving towards a unified agreement.

In an interview with the IUF Latin America region, Roque Apecetche, the president of the Union of Norteña blue-collar and white-collar beer workers (SOEN) organized at Brewery and Malting Paysandú (Cympay) talked about the details of the new agreement between SOEN, the Gremial Center of Maltería Uruguay (CGMU) and transnational AB InBev which owns 2 malting operations in Uruguay.

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Molson Coors will bring its popular Coors Light brand and the brewer’s newest offering, Coors, to Chile. It will be available at supermarkets, convenience stores and on premise accounts throughout the country by early 2015. Both Coors Light and Coors will be available in 12-ounce bottles and both will be available for purchase from Jan 12, 2015, onwards. Coors Light will be available in 12-ounce cans as well

Carlsberg is lining up a major focus on “healthy” no- and low-alcohol beer, starting with the launch of new radler-style beer Tourtel Twist in France next year.

The Danish brewer said it has identified a “very big opportunity” for so-called adult soft drinks and will roll out new products across Europe over the next few years. It will also increase the footprint of existing low-alcohol brands such as Nordic Blonde, with an abv of 0.5%, which was released in Denmark this year.

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MAGOR brewery has applied for planning application to expand its production which it hopes will improve employment in the area.

The brewery which celebrated its 35th anniversary in September is owned by ABInBev and is one of the largest AB InBev breweries in the UK

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it is making an unspecified number of redundancies in its US business as it looks to improve “competitiveness”.

The brewer, which has seen falling sales and volumes in North America this year, said the move to cut jobs came after a “ detailed business review”. Jim Brickey, Anheuser-Busch's VP for people, said: “We are reorganizing certain work that displaces some positions. Most of the employees impacted were notified recently. The reductions were minimised as much as possible by using open positions.”