Drinks logistics business Tradeteam is to deliver packaged kegs, bottles and cases of AB InBev UK brands across the nation.
The company is to transport many of the beverage firm's most popular brands, including Beck's, Budweiser and Stella Artois.
Distribution will be assisted by third party haulage partners and Tradeteam's parent company DHL.
Simon Gallimore, account director at Tradeteam, said: "We are extremely pleased to have secured this contract and are excited by the opportunity to further develop our partnership with AB InBev UK." [...more]
AB InBev UK, the brewer which produces brands such as Beck's and Stella Artois, is understood to be close to outsourcing its brand dispense operation to an external company.
Hot on the heels of its three-year deal with Tradeteam to supply its packaged beers across the UK, AB InBev UK is believed to be in the process of outsourcing its technical services operation to a group of un-named contractors who have combined to form a company called Three Nations Ltd.
Around 200 staff work in AB InBev UK's brands dispense department, which includes dozens of cellar support staff and other operational roles. It is not clear how many of these employees would be affected by any outsourcing move.
A spokesman for the brewer said the matter was "currently subject to consultation so we cannot make any further comment".
It is believed the plans to outsource its brands dispense department have been the subject of internal negotiations for some months. [...more]
Two global rivals may be exploring sharing of production facilities to push ahead in a challenging market.
Global brewing giants and rivals Anheuser Busch InBev (AB InBev) and Carlsberg A/S may have discussed the possibility of an alliance centered around sharing of production and distribution platforms in India's rapidly growing beer market, said at least two sources familiar with the developments.
Preliminary talks have taken place between the senior management of the two brewers in charge of their Asia-Pacific operations, they added.
Both Carlsberg and AB InBev have struggled a bit in their push into one of the fastest growing beer markets in the world. The two brewers have invested in breweries that are operating below optimal utilization as their brands made a sedate start. While sharing of infrastructure between the drinks rivals is not common in the matured markets, there are instances of them working together in Africa to optimise resources in rather difficult operating conditions.
AB InBev spokesperson Michael Torres declined to comment on market speculation, while an emailed query to Carlsberg remained unanswered at the time of posting this report. [...more]
Subcontractors working for drinks firm AB InBev UK have been dealt a blow after its decision to transfer its primary logistic operations to DHL's Tradeteam division.
A spokeswoman for AB Inbev says: "I can confirm the company has written to members of our haulage partnership scheme to advise that the scheme will terminate at the end of March. All members have been put in touch with Tradeteam to discuss the opportunity to work together going forwards."
Subcontractors who agree to work with Tradeteam can be released from the notice period early to begin working under the new agreements, however, terms and conditions will be set by the drinks haulier, and not AB InBev.
The Beck's and Stella Artois maker has awarded Tradeteam primary logistics operations from its Magor, Preston and London breweries to several DCs including Enfield, Knowsley and Sheffield. Tradeteam is already handling secondary distribution for the firm. [...more]
Brewery employees tell the Gazette that more than a quarter of the operations staff is expected to be laid off next week.
Employees, who had to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, say between 50 and 80 employees are in play. The company implies they'll be furloughed, but employees fear the cuts are permanent.
With about 300 employees in operations, that could mean a reduction of 16%-27%.
"They are penny-pinching to the hilt," one source told the Gazette. "They are just cutting, cutting, cutting."
AB InBev continues to shed costs to meet billions in debt service from the acquisition. To compound matters, the beer industry is losing market share to wine and other drinks.
St. Louis is telling local management that the recession is to blame, but some remain skeptical.
Several managers have already been let go, and 10 more are expected next week.
Most employees have run out of paid leave, having already taken furlough days.
Cleaning, maintenance and landscaping staff hours have all been reduced, and the plant no longer runs on Sundays.
Manchester United is reportedly seeking a new beer sponsor when its deal with AB-InBev's Budweiser runs out.
According to The Telegraph, the English Champions have sent out branded footballs to all major brewers as part of a promotional package.
The deal with Budwesier has been in place since 2002 but is set to finish at the end of the season.
The Official Beer status gave Budweiser the right to use Manchester United player images in advertising, point of sale materials and packaging.
Longtime A-B employee Bob Golden departs St. Louis to take over as Anheuser-Busch InBev's global head of mergers and acquisitions after holding a similar job with the pre-merger A-B,the Wall Street Journal reports. [...more]
The world's biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, said Thursday it has agreed to freeze planned job cuts in Belgium to get workers to drop a two-week brewery blockade causing beer shortages at supermarkets and bars.
The company and Belgian trade unions said they struck a deal that postpones the brewer's plans to reduce 303 jobs in Belgium _ some 10 percent of its work force there. It says it will also create 40 call center sales positions, bringing net job losses to 263.
"We have found agreement," said LBC union spokeswoman Annemie Plessers. She said that would lift the blockade and allow such beers as Stella Artois, Leffe and Jupiler to be distributed again from Friday. [...more]
AirTran Airways will now sell Beck's Pilsner beer on its flights.
Beck's Pilsner is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev , is distributed by St. Louis, Mo.-based Anheuser-Busch and is brewed in Bremen, Germany. AirTran Airways, which has its main hub atHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, now sells five brands of Anheuser-Busch beers: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Michelob Ultra and Beck's.
AirTran also enjoys a long-standing partnership with Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. selling 21 Coke products aboard all flights.
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." [...more]
Foster’s Group could lose its licence to produce and distribute the Stella Artois beer brand in Australia. According to reposrts circulating in the Australian press – Anheuser-Busch InBev may give the licence to Lion Nathan when it expires, as it has already been granted the licence for the Budweiser brands in Australia and New Zealand. […] [...more]
Anheuser-Busch InBev said Wednesday it completed the sale of its breweries in nine eastern European countries to CVC Capital Partners in a deal worth as much as $3.03 billion. Included in the sale are A-B InBev’s operations, to be renamed StarBev, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. As part […] [...more]