Anheuser-Busch InBev cuts jobs in US shake-up

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it is making an unspecified number of redundancies in its US business as it looks to improve “competitiveness”.

The brewer, which has seen falling sales and volumes in North America this year, said the move to cut jobs came after a “ detailed business review”. Jim Brickey, Anheuser-Busch's VP for people, said: “We are reorganizing certain work that displaces some positions. Most of the employees impacted were notified recently. The reductions were minimised as much as possible by using open positions.”

The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources saying the affected roles were in the brewer's US marketing, procurement, sales and brewery operations. One source estimated that “hundreds” of jobs could be cut.

When contacted by just-drinks an A-B spokesperson declined to comment on the total number of job losses and in which departments.

Brickey added: “These are always difficult decisions, but are important in evolving our business and improving our competitiveness. We are enhancing our severance program during this time to assist those impacted as they transition out of the company.”

The brewer is also looking to continue to develop its "high-end" business in the US, Brickey added.

Earlier this month, A-B confirmed it was acquiring its third US craft brewer, Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing Co.