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The IUF-affiliated KCTWU OB Union Chapter and OB Labor Union organized at Oriental Brewery owned by AB InBev in Korea held a warning strike today to protest against the failure of the company to engage in good faith bargaining and company violations of the existing collective bargaining agreement.

Heineken NV, the Dutch brewer, is targeting further savings from its zero-based budgeting effort and a push to automate certain processes across the organization.

The company reported a 49% jump in profit for the first half of 2017, fueled by strong sales in Europe.

Heineken applies zero-based budgeting, an accounting tool developed in the 1970s, in varying degrees in the countries that it operates in. The process requires managers to plan each year’s budget as if starting from scratch, rather than extrapolating from the previous year’s spending patterns. The technique forces them to justify their costs and to evaluate benefits every 12 months.

H1 reported sales up 4% to EUR10.5bn (US$12.3bn)
Organic sales lift 6%
Net profits surge 49% to EUR980m
Operating profits climb 31% to EUR1.6bn
Volumes edge up 3%
Brand Heineken volumes increase 4%

Heineken delivered volumes growth in all four of its reporting regions

Heineken delivered volumes growth in all four of its reporting regions

Heineken has posted a solid lift in H1 sales as volumes increased in all of its regions.

Africa, Middle East & Eastern Europe - Organic sales +12%, Beer volumes +2%

Anheuser-Busch InBev reported an increase in H1 net sales as it gained from last year's SABMiller acquisition. Take a closer look at the company's performance by region in the first six months of 2017.

North America: sales flat, volumes -3%

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SYTBRANA, the Haitian union that the IUF and particularly our Brewery Division and IUF affiliates at Heineken and beyond have supported through a lengthy struggle in Haiti has seen a significant improvement locally with full recognition for the union, an agreement in principle to reinstate dismissed union representatives and a change in local management attitude and personnel.

Ahead of the release on July 27 of Anheuser-Busch InBev's second-quarter 2017 results, here's a look at the events that shaped the three months to the end of June for the company.

- At the beginning of April, Anheuser-Busch InBev was moved to hit back at comments from Boston Beer Co founder Jim Koch, who accused them, among others, of stifling the US craft beer market

-Also in April, AB InBev completed the sale of its indirect interest in South Africa's Distell Group

- Towards the end of the month, the company promoted its US general counsel to lead its global legal team

Heineken will end its distribution partnership with Coca-Cola Femsa in Brazil, following its €665 million acquisition of Kirin’s struggling Brazilian business.

The Dutch brewer said that it would review its future routes to market when it announced the acquisition in February. It has now confirmed that it will abandon its tie-in with Coca-Cola Femsa in favour of leveraging Brasil Kirin’s existing routes to market for the Heineken portfolio.

Just as the soda giants are going after startups making healthy, non-alcoholic fizz, so too is Anheuser-Busch InBev BUD -0.49% NV.

After signing a deal last year with Starbucks Corp. SBUX -0.03% to sell ready-to-drink tea, the world’s largest brewer said it is acquiring Hiball Inc., a San Francisco-based company making organic energy drinks and carbonated juices and water. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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Union delivery drivers and warehouse workers for beer distributor Clare Rose returned to work on Sunday July 16 after approving a new contract overwhelmingly, union and company officials said.

Teamsters Local 812 workers voted 83-12 Saturday to ratify the contract. The union members, who went on strike against the East Yaphank distributor on April 23, reached a tentative agreement with the company through a private mediator on Thursday July 13.

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A $60,000 complaint against worker representatives by a local brewery partly owned by Carlsberg was largely dismissed on Friday by the Sihanoukville Provincial Court, though one of the defendants was still ordered to pay compensation to the company.

In a five-minute court hearing, Judge Keo Mony announced that “the court orders Mr Khem Mao to pay $3,000 to the beer company Cambrew, referring to the president of the local Democratic Workers Union of Angkor Beer Company. Mony, however, rejected the complaint against Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation leader Sar Mora, without elaborating on the reasons.