On 24 May, the European Commission´s competition department cleared the proposed acquisition of SABMiller, number 2 brewer globally, by AB InBev, the global leader, subject to conditions. The merger will create a global beer behemoth, bringing together SABMiller´s strong positions in Africa and Asia and AB InBev´s in America and Europe. However, positions on the EU market were a concern by the European Commission. AB InBev offered from the beginning to divest some of SABMiller´s assets in Western Europe. Following EC´s voiced concerns, AB InBev agreed to sell also practically all of SABMiller´s Eastern European assets, including Pilsner Urquell. The EC accepted the commitments and if they are met, the EU executive gives green light to the transaction.
20th February 2019
25th January 2019