North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke at a Teamsters rally outside of the MillerCoors brewery in Eden, N.C., yesterday.

MillerCoors announced plans to close the Eden brewery in September 2015, just two days before merger talks between AB InBev (ABI) and SABMiller (SAB) became public. SAB and Molson Coors are co-owners of MillerCoors.

Bobby Burchell remembers when the MillerCoors plant in Eden first opened in 1978.

"I was here when they opened the doors," Burchell said. "Looks like I’m going to be here when they close the doors."

Burchell, who's worked in both packaging and brewing, rallied with dozens of other workers Wednesday to fight for his job.

Heineken reported a near-7% lift in sales from 2015, with the brewer hailing a "strong performance" in the year. Below take a closer look at the group's performance by region for the 12-month period.

Africa, Middle East & Eastern Europe

FY15 sales up 2.3% to EUR3.26bn
Operating profits down 14% to EUR579m
Total volumes flat at 43m hl

Beer volumes were impacted by negative volume development in Russia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Egypt. This decline was partially offset by strong volume growth in Ethiopia, in exports and Rwanda. Adverse currency impacted sales growth by around 2%, the company said.

Carlsberg reported a 1.3% increase in sales in 2015, with operating profits in the year falling by just over 8%. Below breaks down the brewers results by region.

Western Europe - FY sales +3.3%, operating profits -2.7%, volumes +0.9%

Beer volumes grew in France, Norway, Italy and South East Europe, while the company reported volume declines in the UK, Finland, Germany and the Baltics. Away from beer, the company reported a 2% volume lift in organic terms, thanks to a healthy performance in the Nordics and the growth of Somersby cider.

SABMiller has restarted production at a Chibuku production site in Malawi after government health inspectors closed it for what the company said were "minor issues".

SABMiller's Malawian unit, Chibuku Products, suspended production and distribution of Chibuku Shake Shake last Wednesday at its Lilongwe brewery, one of four SABMiller Chibuku plants in Malawi. The closure followed an inspection by the Malawi Bureau of Standards.

Local media reports last week quoted Malawian officials saying that the closure was due to non-compliance with hygiene standards.

Eleven members of the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers' Federation (CFSWF) employed by transnational brewery giant Carlsberg’s joint venture local brewer Cambrew have been dismissed in retaliation for taking strike action on January 16. Workers are fighting the company's attempt to impose short-term employment contracts and late working hours.

Heineken has lined up two additions to its board, with a former chairman of Mars and a marketing executive at Google poised to become directors.

Pamela Mars-Wright and Yonca Brunini will be proposed as new board members at next month's AGM, the brewer said earlier today. If approved, the move would bring the number of Heineken board members to 11.

Four contract workers at the Heineken plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil were killed and another injured when a boiler under repair exploded on January 28. Despite the fact that work at the plant resumed eight days after the accident, the IUF-affiliated National Confederation of Food and Allied Workers (CNTA) is still waiting to receive the company-commissioned report and the reports from the Ministry of Labor, the fire and police departments.

The first round of musical chairs sparked by Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover of SABMiller is nearing its end. In the four months since the deal was first announced, AB InBev has hived off the MillerCoors stake to Molson Coors, promised the Grolsch and Peroni brands to Asahai and, this week, agreed to sell SABMiller's interest in Chinese beer Snow to China Resources Beer. All that is left is South Africa, where regulators may take as long as the next 18 months to grant approval to the takeover.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell SABMiller's 49% interest in China Resources Snow Breweries to China Resources Beer (CRB) for US$1.6bn.

CRB currently owns 51% of the joint venture. The sale follows AB InBev's commitment to address potential regulatory clashes relating to its acquisition of SABMiller.

The deal with CRB is conditional on the completion of AB InBev's acquisition of SAB, which is currently expected to close in the second half of 2016.