After almost 17 months of negotiations for a new collective agreement between the IUF-affiliated Union of Workers of the Beverage Industry (STIBYS) and Cervecería Hondureña SA, owned by SABMiller transnational, recently acquired by the Belgian-Brazilian AB InBev beer giant, workers reported a worrying upturn of outsourcing in the company.

Molson Coors has completed the sale of its Vancouver Brewery, to real estate investment firm Concord Pacific.

The CAD185m (US$144.5m) deal was finalized at the end of March. A spokesperson for Molson Coors told that a "major portion" of the proceeds would be re-invested in a new brewery in the country.

"Molson Coors continues to pursue a location to build a new brewery in British Columbia," the spokesperson said. "Once a new site is found, Molson Coors expects to have a new brewery built and commissioned for operation by the end of 2018."

The European Commission (EC) has confirmed an initial deadline for its review of Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed US$104.2bn takeover of SABMiller.

The EC, which is the executive body of the European Union, has confirmed a "provisional deadline" of 24 May. In official documents, published late last week, the EC said it received notification of the deal on 30 March.

Agency can seek 15-day extension; this would be its 4th

* ABI looking to close deal in second half of 2016

* Delay could have financial, operational consequences

South Africa's competition watchdog wants to extend the deadline again for its investigation of Anheuser-Busch InBev's planned $106 billion takeover of SABMiller, raising the possibility of a delay for the beer industry's biggest-ever deal.


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.