Almost a year after the beginning of collective bargaining process between the IUF-affiliated Union of Beverage Industry (STIBYS) and Honduran Brewery SA, owned by the transnational SABMiller, the combative Honduran union had no option but to terminate the direct settlement stage and start the mediation process.

Carlsberg reported its first-half results, posting a near-12% slide in operating profits and a 4% drop in beer volumes. Here, we look at the company’s performance during the six-month period by region.

Western Europe – H1 net sales +2%, operating profits -7%

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelans are facing the prospect of a heat wave without their favourite beer, the latest indignity in a country that has seen shortages of everything from disposable diapers to light bulbs.

Cerveceria Polar, which distributes 80% of the beer in the socialist South American country, began shutting down breweries this week because of a lack of barley, hops, and other raw materials, and has halted deliveries to Caracas liquor stores.

Revenue: Revenue grew by 4.1% in 2Q15, with solid revenue per hl growth of 6.5%, driven by our revenue management and premiumization initiatives. On a constant geographic basis, revenue per hl grew by 7.1%. In HY15, revenue grew by 5.1% with revenue per hl growth of 7.0%, on both an organic and constant geographic basis

Amsterdam, 3 August 2015 - Heineken N.V. announced:

Group revenue +2.0% organically with group revenue per hectolitre up 1.1%
Group beer volume +1.0% driven by Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa Middle East
Heineken® volume in premium segment +4.7% with growth across most regions
Innovation rate of 8.6%, contributing €854 million of revenues
Group operating profit (beia) +4.7% organically
Consolidated operating profit (beia) +3.4% organically
Net profit (beia) of €915 million, up 14% organically
Diluted EPS (beia) of €1.59 (2014:€1.34)

On July 30, 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev reported a slight lift in half-year profits on disappointing sales and volumes. Here, just-drinks takes a look at the brewer's performance in its global markets:

US - half-year sales -2.3%, volumes -3.5%:

The brewer's sales-to-retailers fell by 1.9% in the half-year, while sales-to-wholesalers were down by 3.5%.

What do Brazil, the US and South Korea have in common? They all managed to make appearances in analysts’ notes on Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Q2 and H1 performance - but not necessarily for positive reasons.

The impact of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil last year, competition for the company's Ritas portfolio in the US and South Korea's new organic numbers took their toll on today’s announcement, which Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling described as "not quite as bad as it looks, but still not good".

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TORONTO, 19 July 2015 – Employees of the Crown Metal Packaging factory in Toronto have ratified a new collective agreement, ending a 22-month strike.

Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9176 voted today to accept a six-year collective agreement with Crown. The return to work process will begin Aug. 10.

A tentative agreement was negotiated July 8 after the company withdrew one of the major impediments to a settlement – its attempt to bar many striking workers from returning to their jobs. The company had recruited replacement workers to operate the Toronto factory during the labour dispute.

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Workers at Cervecería Nacional, Panama's beer and soft-drink subsidiary of global brewing giant SABMiller, have been on indefinite strike since July 10 in a conflict over basic trade union rights. CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO SEND A SUPPORT MESSAGE TO SABMILLER! http://www.iuf.org/cgi-bin/campaigns/show_campaign.cgi?c=943