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A union representing locked-out Moosehead Brewery workers in New Brunswick says the two sides have agreed to return to the bargaining table.

Brewery Workers Local 362 says its members will remain locked out during the talks, which are set to resume on Wednesday.

The 172 union members work at the Moosehead plant in Saint John.

They were locked out Feb. 20 after an impasse in contract talks.

A central issue in the dispute involves benefits.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev has strengthened its grip on China's Henan province by signing a deal to acquire Weixue Beer Group Co for an undisclosed fee.

A-B InBev has agreed to acquire Henan-based Weixue, including its namesake brand and three breweries, in Xinyang, Zhengzhou and Gushi.

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Heineken today announced that it reached another important milestone in Mexico, less than a year after the acquisition of Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma (CM) as part of the FEMSA beer operations transaction. The new developments include the brewing of the Heineken@ brand in one of CM's most modern, high-tech breweries located in Orizaba, Veracruz, as well as the introduction of new, innovative bottle and can designs for the premium Heineken brand

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AB InBev's Stella Artois Cidre has the potential to unlock cider sales stateside and "explode" growth for UK cidermakers, according to Magners' owner C&C.

The biggest obstacle to cider exporters was lack of category understanding in countries like the US, said C&C boss John Dunsmore. But AB InBev already had a 50% share of the US beer market that it could leverage to drive cider sales.

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Moosehead lockout: Are workers getting fair shake?
SAINT JOHN - With the lockout of 172 Moosehead Breweries Ltd. employees into its third week, a University of New Brunswick professor is saying the crux of the labour dispute is widely misunderstood

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the world’s third- largest brewer, proposed an 11 percent increase in Chief Executive Officer Jean-Francois van Boxmeer’s base salary this year to 1.05 million euros ($1.47 million).

The pay raise is needed to bring his salary in line with management at Heineken’s peer group of 15 companies, including Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI) and Carlsberg A/S, the Amsterdam-based brewer said its annual report posted on its website today. Van Boxmeer earned 950,000 euros in base pay and 1.31 million euros in bonuses last year.

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The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev saw fourth-quarter net profit fall by 24 percent largely on lower asset sales, but investors were cheered to hear that the dividend was more than doubled and that growth in Brazil and Asia was compensating for a more subdued performance in the U.S. and Europe

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I know this isnt beer but this will effect us all sooner or later

The AFL-CIO concluded a two-day Executive Council meeting dedicated almost entirely to the events in Wisconsin and what the labour movement response should be. There is a widespread belief that this is a pivotal moment. The Unions of the AFL-CIO have decided to make April 4th a national day of action across the U.S. April 4th marks the tragic day in history when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while in Memphis Tennessee supporting sanitation workers – public employees – in their fight for respect and dignity.

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Moosehead Brewery Workers Still Locked Out Please watch video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1sqhM82Y3s

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Anheuser-Busch InBev's CEO has reportedly said that the brewer is seeking to rejoin the acquisition trail, just over two years after the group was formed in a $52bn deal.
Carlos Brito was quoted in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag as saying that the brewer is seeking to "actively take part in consolidation in the industry".

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