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BREWERS ASSOCIATION MID-YEAR METRICS SHOW CONTINUED GROWTH FOR CRAFT

- Brewers Association

Craft brewers are still growing, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. American craft beer production volume increased eight percent during the first half of the year.

America’s Beer Distributors Applaud Continued Growth for Craft Beer

Kathleen Joyce - - NBWA News

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America's more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors – applauds America's craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds energy and excitement to the American beer industry. The Brewers Association (BA) released data today showing that production volume by American craft brewers, as defined by BA, increased 8 percent during the first half of the year.

NBWA Statement on Department of Justice Settlement With Anheuser-Busch InBev Permitting Acquisition of SABMiller

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Department of Justice announced that it has agreed to a settlement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) that will permit ABI to proceed with its acquisition of SABMiller.
National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement in response:
"The Department of Justice has imposed conditions to this merger – one of the largest deals in history and the largest ever in the beer industry – with the goal of maintaining competition in the beer industry and ensuring the continuation of the robust and competitive independent distribution system. The DOJ recognizes that the American independent distribution system is essential to a competitive marketplace and to providing the vast choice of beer available to consumers. The DOJ's actions go toward ensuring that the U.S. market can remain a 'consumer pull' market through independent distribution, where consumer demand is what determines product choice and variety, and to prevent a 'supplier push' model where consumer choice is reduced.

AB InBev Wins U.S. Antitrust Approval for SABMiller Deal

David McLaughlin - - Bloomberg

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV won U.S. antitrust approval for its takeover of SABMiller Plc, after the maker of Budweiser agreed to give up ownership of the Miller brand and open the door to greater competition from craft beers.
AB InBev will sell SABMiller's stake in MillerCoors LLC, separating the two brands, and refrain from practices that restrict distribution of smaller rival brews, thus protecting the ability of craft and import beers to compete, the Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday. The settlement will prevent any increase in concentration in the U.S. beer industry, according to the statement.

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