Asahi Group Holdings, Japan's largest brewer, is ready to spend "billions of dollars" on acquisitions, having spent $11 billion over the past year to acquire beer brands across Europe from Anheuser-Busch InBev .

Asahi president Akiyoshi Koji said "bolt-on" acquisitions in Europe, including beer makers and distributors, were a priority, as the company carves out a larger slice of the overseas market to compensate for slow growth at home.

He did not specify how much he would spend and did not name potential targets.

Mexican group FEMSA has sold off just over 5% of the 20% stake it holds in Heineken, bringing in almost US$3bn.

Seven years ago, Heineken acquired FEMSA's beer business, FEMSA Cerveza, in return for the 20% stake. The deal at the time valued the 20% holding at around EUR3.8bn.

FEMSA Cerveza is the number two brewer in Mexico.

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The IUF organized a meeting of unions representing AB InBev workers in five different factories in India which was held on September 9-10, 2017.

Unions reported an increase in unfair labour practices following the company’s acquisition of SAB Miller. Practices include company interference in union activities and intimidating attempts to avoid unions meeting together to share experiences and to forge solidarity links across India.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it has reduced the number of sales positions in its craft and imported beer brands unit, The High End, in the US.

Late last week, Beer Street Journal reported that around 360 jobs were going at the division. A spokesperson for A-B InBev admitted that the brewer's structure in the country had become "overly complex", and that the cuts would affect around 300 employees.

In a letter sent on Friday to its wholesalers, A-B InBev detailed moves that would result in a reduction in the number of sales staff.

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Two IUF-affiliated Oriental Brewery (OB) workers’ unions organized a strike that lasted for a week across 3 plants in Korea in support of difficult negotiations which ultimately led to a collective agreement signed with Oriental Brewery that is owned by the brewery giant, AB InBev.

The Agreement follows countless rounds of negotiations with OB and included various mediation processes with state authorities, warning strikes, and a refusal by the company to implement the previously signed collective bargaining agreements.

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Following three years of long and difficult negotiations, the IUF-affiliated Beverage and Related Industry Workers’ Union (STIBYS) and Cervecería Hondureña SA, owned by AB InBev, signed a new collective agreement that will be in force for the next three years.

Members of STIBYS voted unanimously in favour of a new collective bargaining agreement with AB InBev during an Extraordinary STIBYS Congress at the end of August.

The South African Breweries (SAB) has announced it will help create 10,000 jobs in South Africa by 2021 through its entrepreneurship programs.

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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.