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This is in North America but it could be the start of Global job loses

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Molson et Labatt veulent augmenter le prix de la bière
(Québec) Molson et Labatt souhaitent augmenter sensiblement le prix de la bière. Beaucoup plus que l'indice des prix à la consommation (IPC) comme le permet la formule actuelle.
Les deux grandes brasseries réunies au sein de l'Association des brasseurs du Québec ont retenu les services d'un lobbyiste afin de les aider dans leurs démarches pour convaincre le gouvernement québécois de permettre une hausse des prix qui pourrait atteindre et peut-être même dépasser 5 %.

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Worldwide beer consumption has increased by over 3% per annum during the last ten years and the top ten brewers now account for over 60% of global beer volume, compared to 38% in 2000. A new report by Rabobank titled ‘Value creation in the Beer Sector through M&A activities’ looks at changes in the beer sector in the last decade. Following consolidation, four leading global brewers have emerged. These four beer companies – AB InBev, SABMiller, Heineken and Carlsberg – have tripled their combined market share since 2000 and have almost quadrupled their volumes.

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If any place in the world epitomises the David and Goliath battle that is upending the global beer industry it is Belgium, home to both the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev , and arguably the famous small-scale “craft” beers, the trappist ales made and distributed by monks

For AB InBev, maker of the Budweiser and Stella Artois brands, the trends have been less than favourable.

Beer drinkers in western Europe and North America have been consuming less for years and sales volumes in both regions have been dropping.

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Five Companies Bidding For Ethiopia's Meta Brewery
The largest brewery in the country, Meta Abo Brewery, is up for sale by the Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Authority (PPESA), according to Capital. Five companies are shortlisted and on the bid as of Thursday December 16, 2010.

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BURTON’S newest micro-brewery has been officially opened and described by the man who will run it as ‘the best Christmas present ever’.

Master brewer Steve Wellington (left) and Molson Coors UK chief executive Mark HunterWilliam Worthington’s Brewery, based at the National Brewery Centre, in Horninglow Street, is Molson Coors’ response to the burgeoning demand for cask ales.

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News 05-11-2010
The union of workers at the Heineken brewery in St-Petersburg, Russia held a picket at the plant’s gates on October 18 to highlight their call for negotiations to reverse the creeping expansion of agency labour at the plant. Members of the city’s other unions in the food and beverage sectors took part in the action.

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I just read this. It sounds very positive. Can anyone tell us how it is working?

In February 2010, management and trade unions at Carlsberg Bulgaria signed an agreement for a social plan to accompany the company-level collective agreement. The social plan includes a range of activities related both to the company’s human resources and sustainable development of the regions where Carlsberg subsidiaries are operating. The activities will be implemented through partnership with trade unions and information and consultation mechanisms.

In February 2010, management and trade unions at Carlsberg Bulgaria signed an additional agreement for a social plan as an annex to the company-level collective agreement, which has been in operation since 2009. The plan generally addresses social support and assistance for the employees.

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A spat has broken out over can technology between two brewing giants. Molson Coors has been cleared of misleading consumers following a complaint by Heineken UK to the Advertising Standards Authority.

A poster and TV ad for Carling's Taste Lock can were reported by Heineken UK to the ad watchdog for implying the can was a new design and used new technology. Heineken UK claimed the poster's statement that it was "scientifically proven to lock in great taste" implied the can was better than competitors' cans.

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It’s enough to make a brewery executive cry in his beer.

For more than two decades, Molson Canadian and Labatt Blue duked it out for the title of Canada’s best-selling beer. Now, they’re not within sipping distance of top spot.

While there’s sometimes an upward bump in sales, the bottles that once dominated every beer fridge in the land, and taps behind saloons and pubs across the country, are disappearing bit by bit.