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 Northern Workers and Employees (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.”

SABMiller CEO Alan Clark was very happy last week to talk about the future of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottler his firm is setting up with The Coca-Cola Co. He was predictably more tight-lipped when asked if the partnership lays the groundwork for further bottler purchases, in Africa or other emerging markets such as South America.

“We're not commenting on future M&A,” he said.

Others, however, have been more willing to speak about the potential ripple effect of the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa formation. Analysts at Nomura have completed a detailed study of the global Coca-Cola distribution network and found a number of regions where SABMiller could find more mileage from its strengthening relationship with Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Company, SABMiller plc and Gutsche Family Investments (GFI, majority shareholders in Coca-Cola Sabco) have agreed to combine the bottling operations of their non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses in Southern and East Africa.

The new company will be the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa, and it will be the 10th largest globally. It will operate in 12 African countries, with market leadership positions in most and will account for approximately 40% of Coca-Cola volumes in Africa.