Daily Archives: January 23, 2017

Heineken in talks to buy Japanese brewer Kirin’s Brazil operation

Dutch brewer Heineken N.V. said it is in discussion with Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings to acquire the company’s unprofitable Brazilian business. The Nikkei Newspaper reported on Friday, a price of $870m, a fraction of the $3.9bn Kirin paid for the business.

An acquisition of Kirin’s lossmaking business in Brazil would give Heineken 19% market share in a country where it currently has only 7% share of the market to Kirin’s 12%. But more importantly, it would enable the Dutch brewer pose a stronger challenge to AB InBev, which dominates the market with 67% market share.

AB InBev set to shed weight in South Africa

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is said to have sent out a voluntary severance offer to over 1,000 mid-level managers in South Africa on 12th December as it prepares to trim its workforce in the country, South African Business Day reported on Monday.

The brewer which acquired SABMiller, its nearest rival in a $103bn deal last year sent out a mouthwatering offer to mid-level managers with a 20th January deadline.