The IUF-affiliated National Union of Workers has signed an agreement at the Asahi-owned bottled water factory in Albury-Wodonga following a long campaign to bring the company to negotiate the creation of permanent jobs for the many workers stuck in casual employment.

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Brazilian unit is to increase its share in the Dominican Republic's beer market leader, Cervecería Nacional Dominicana.

AmBev said that it would pay its partner in the venture, E León Jimenes, US$926.5m for an additional 30% of the brewer. The move will take AmBev's total shareholding in CND to 85%, with the remaining 15% held by E León Jimenes.

AB InBev said it was done buying out craft breweries in September. Today news broke that the large beer conglomerate has acquired Australian craft brewery Pirate Life for $7.6 million. This is AB InBev’s second acquisition of an Australian craft brewery since September, when it purchased Sydney’s 4 Pines. (Since it’s not an American craft brewery, it looks like AB InBev has kept its promise, kind of.)

Heineken has laid the foundation stone of its first brewery in Mozambique, identifying 'promising long-term economic perspectives' in the African country.

The brewer said that the new site, in the province of Maputo, represents a US$100m investment. The brewery, which has a capacity of 0.8m hectolitres, is expected to come online in the first half of 2019.

Anheuser-Busch InBev's Mexican unit has announced plans to build an eighth brewery in the country.

Grupo Modelo said yesterday that construction of the US$800m facility, in Apan, Hidalgo, will begin at the start of next year. The initial capacity at the new Cerveceria Modelo del Centro will be 12m hectolitres, with the potential to expand to 24m.

Heineken has purchased a 49% share in London-based craft brewer Brixton Brewery.

Brixton Brewery said yesterday, via a blog post, that a partnership with Heineken would allow the business to expand. The move comes as the brewery, which launched in 2013, prepares to move to a larger site.

Brixton Brewery said the new site, still within Brixton, would take brewing capacity from 12,000 pints per week to 60,000. Brewing equipment is expected to be installed in spring 2018.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has declined to comment after the European Commission took the next step in an anti-trust battle with the brewer.

Asahi Group is to launch two of SABMiller's European beers in China as the brewer continues to expand its footprint, according to a report.

Czech brand Pilsner Urquell and Italy's Peroni Nastro Azzurro will roll out in Shanghai and other major Chinese cities next spring, Nikkei Asian Review said today. Prices are set to be higher than for Asahi's Super Dry brand, the newspaper said without giving details.

Super Dry costs three times as much as local brands in China, where the premium beer market is growing faster than lower tiers.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has started building a new brewery in Nigeria, as it looks to become the biggest player in the market.

A spokesperson for the brewer confirmed that the construction of a US$250m greenfield facility is under way. The brewery, which is outside Lagos, is expected to be online in May 2018.


AB InBev European Works Council(EWC) members who are representatives of IUF affiliates in Germany, Luxemburg, the UK, Belgium, Spain, France and the Netherlands invited an IUF Secretariat representative to present the IUF's brewery division work and successes in organizing transnational companies.