Just as the soda giants are going after startups making healthy, non-alcoholic fizz, so too is Anheuser-Busch InBev BUD -0.49% NV.

After signing a deal last year with Starbucks Corp. SBUX -0.03% to sell ready-to-drink tea, the world’s largest brewer said it is acquiring Hiball Inc., a San Francisco-based company making organic energy drinks and carbonated juices and water. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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Union delivery drivers and warehouse workers for beer distributor Clare Rose returned to work on Sunday July 16 after approving a new contract overwhelmingly, union and company officials said.

Teamsters Local 812 workers voted 83-12 Saturday to ratify the contract. The union members, who went on strike against the East Yaphank distributor on April 23, reached a tentative agreement with the company through a private mediator on Thursday July 13.

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A $60,000 complaint against worker representatives by a local brewery partly owned by Carlsberg was largely dismissed on Friday by the Sihanoukville Provincial Court, though one of the defendants was still ordered to pay compensation to the company.

In a five-minute court hearing, Judge Keo Mony announced that “the court orders Mr Khem Mao to pay $3,000 to the beer company Cambrew, referring to the president of the local Democratic Workers Union of Angkor Beer Company. Mony, however, rejected the complaint against Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation leader Sar Mora, without elaborating on the reasons.

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Teamsters Local 812 and Clare Rose, the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Long Island, announced a tentative contract late Thursday, covering drivers and warehouse workers who have been on strike since April 23.

The contract guarantees that Clare Rose will continue contributions to the workers’ pension plan, reversing the company’s withdrawal from the pension that precipitated the strike. It also maintains wages that are well above industry standards and Clare Rose’s April offer. The agreement ends the strike after 82 days in which none of the 130 union members crossed the picket line. Members will vote to ratify the agreement Saturday.

Global brewery giant Carlsberg is using the courts to bully and intimidate the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), the union representing workers at its Cambodian joint venture Cambrew. The union has been seeking reinstatement of the beer promotion women who were dismissed last year for contesting the unilateral worsening of their terms of employment. Now Cambrew is demanding punitive financial 'compensation' from the union following a strike by warehouse workers which the CFSWF neither organized nor officially endorsed.

The approved acquisition of SABMiller by AB Inbev on October 10,2016 will affect Inbev Ambev and Backus workers in Peru. News about the possible loss of between 5,500 and 6,000 jobs globally is a big concern for SABMiller and AB InBev workers.

Cristian Pari, the general secretary of the National Union of Ambev Peru (SUNTAMBEV) workers expressed concerns about the changes that will occur as a result of the acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev.

Molson Coors has handed Australian distribution for its newly-acquired Miller beer brands to Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA). The North American brewer said on October 12, 2016 that CCA will have exclusive rights to Miller Genuine Draft and Miller Chill. The move is part of a new long-term sales and distribution agreement between CCA and Molson Coors International, which acquired the global rights to the Miller brands after Anheuser-Busch InBev completed its takeover of SABMiller on October 10, 2016.

Molson Coors has completed its previously-announced purchase of SABMiller's stake in their US joint-venture, MillerCoors. The deal, initially secured late last year, closed the day after Anheuser-Busch InBev finalised its acquisition of SAB. The transaction is one of a raft that went through on October 11, 2016, most of which were initiated by AB InBev to clear anti-competition hurdles.

The purchase, which is valued at US$12bn, makes Molson Coors the world's third-largest brewer in value terms, behind AB InBev and Heineken.

Heineken has confirmed its intention to cease production at its brewery in the Russian province of Kaliningrad. Brewing at what is one of the group's oldest facilities in the country will come to an end at the start of next year, Heineken said. The decision is due to falling demand in the region, as well as growing administration costs imposed on businesses by the Russian Government, the company said in a statement.

Japanese brewer Asahi has set up a European unit as it takes control of former SABMiller brands Peroni, Groslch and Meantime. Asahi Europe, based in Woking, near London, started operations on October 11 and is helmed by former SABMiller executive Hector Gorosabel. Gorosabel oversees six units including Asahi UK, Asahi France, Meantime UK, Italy's Birra Peroni and Koninklijke Grolsch in the Netherlands. Grolsch Canada is also part of the European set-up as control of Peroni and Groslch in the US has passed to Molson Coors.