The world’s biggest brewer AB InBev – maker of Stella Artois and Becks – plans to slash a tenth of its European workforce blaming a decline in beer drinking.
Anheuser-Busch InBev, who also make brands including Budweiser, Boddingtons, Cobra and Michelob, is expecting to cut 800 of its 8,000 workforce in Europe.
The company employs around 1,300 people in the UK though it was not immediately clear how many of those jobs were under threats.
Karen Couck, from Anheuser, told Sky News Online: “In many countries there’s a common challenge of the decline in the beer market.
“There is a generally declining trend in consumption across Europe.”
She added: “It is planned, especially in Belgium, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, that staff numbers will be broadly reduced by 10 percent.”
Ms Couck said the plans have been communicated to staff represenatatives.
The UK headquarters is in Luton.