Reuters: Justice Department Investigating A-B Distributor Incentives FILED MAY 25, 2016One of the main sticking points for Anheuser-Busch InBev in the U.S. authorities' antitrust review of MegaBrew has been their branches or WODs here in the states. Now, Anheuser-Busch InBev may have an additional hurdle: its incentive program. ABI's VAIP program has reportedly come under scrutiny from U.S. antitrust officials, per two anonymous Reuters sources.
Source: MillerCoors Has the Capacity to Brew Pabst FILED MAY 19, 2016Earlier this week we reported that MillerCoors has filed a Motion for Stay and to Compel Mediation in response to the Pabst lawsuit filed in Wisconsin circuit court for breaching their contract agreement that has been in place since 2007.
MillerCoors Comes Out Swinging Against Pabst Allegations FILED MAY 17, 2016MillerCoors filed a Motion for Stay and to Compel Mediation in response to Pabst sweeping lawsuit filed last week in Wisconsin circuit court, and it has some whammies in it just as Pabst had in its initial suit [see BBD 05-13-2016]. Here are the deets:
Sting Operation Reveals Alleged A-B Pay-to-Play Activities FILED MAY 13, 2016The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (yes, they're combined) has slapped Anheuser-Busch with an administrative violation notice seeking $150,000, plus a three day suspension. A-B is able to opt out of the suspension if they pay an extra grand.
Teamsters Join Pabst in Alleging MillerCoors' Anti-Competitive Behavior FILED MAY 13, 2016IBT Senior Capital Market Analyst Alan Meyers moderated a call today the Teamsters have brought forth on MegaBrew antitrust issues. Their obvious axe to grind in this forest: The Eden, North Carolina brewery closure. It's a loud one, and it may have legs beyond what they originally thought.