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IUF-affiliated United Voice members at XXXX brewery in Milton, Queensland went on strike on April 26 amid tense negotiations with Lion management over pay and contract labour hire.

The union issued a media release declaring that 100 XXXX workers will vote to take industrial action after the brewer refused to guarantee jobs will be kept local.

In February, Molson Coors released its full-year results for the 12 months of 2017, its first full year since taking control of the MillerCoors joint-venture in the US. The top-line came in flat on the corresponding period a year earlier, with the final quarter pulling up the rest of 2017. Here is the brewer's performance over the last five years.

AB InBev’s 2017 non-recurring restructuring charges in relation to the merger with SABMiller was $468m, according to the company.

AB InBev and SABMiller’s multimillion-dollar merger was completed in 2016. The non-recurring restructuring charges for the 2016 financial year was $323m. “These charges primarily relate to organisational alignments in Europe, Middle East, Africa (Emea) and Asia Pacific,” AB InBev said in its 2017 annual report.

Global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) will invest $100million (R1.2billion) in a new beer plant in the Tanzanian city of Dodoma, as the world’s biggest beer maker steps up investment on the continent to meet booming demand.

The plans for a facility in Dodoma, the East African nation’s capital, were agreed following a meeting between President John Magufuli and Ricardo Tadeu, AB-InBev’s head of Africa. The company is also building a brewery in Nigeria, and said earlier this month the continent was among its fastest-growing territories.

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A new agreement signed at Heineken Italy saw an increase of EUR 40 in monthly wages for all workers, regardless of their type of contract, in recognition of new skills acquired through the MTS Project (multi-tasking and skilling).

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A recent protest rally organized by workers and their families at AB InBev Sonepat factory gate demonstrates the determination of Haryana Breweries Mazdoor union members to access their basic human rights to join a union and engage in collective bargaining.

In early-February, Carlsberg released its full-year results for 2017. The brewer saw sales last year inch up by 1% despite a flat performance in the second half. Here is Carlsberg's performance over the last five years.

Australia Trade and Investment Commission reported that Pirate Life Brewing, an Australian subsidiary of Belgian-based beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), is creating more than 80 jobs with a A$15 million investment in a new brewery and bar venue in South Australia.

Plans are underway to source all of the facility’s electricity from renewable energy by 2025. The South Australian Government is contributing A$2 million through its Economic Investment Fund for the site’s redevelopment.

In mid-February, Heineken released its results for 2017. The brewer posted a 5% increase in sales for the 12 months, on a 3% lift in volumes. Here, drinks industry commentator Richard Siddle considers Heineken's performance over the last five years.