Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed that it has begun looking to restructure its operations in the UK.

The recently-merged unit said today (8 December) that it has started a consultation process with employees of InBev and A-B in the country about synergies "as a result of the integration of the two companies".

"Along with the synergies identified as part of the integration we have also decided to carry out restructures within a number of areas across the businesses," the company said, declining to comment further on which areas are under consideration.

"Both consultation around proposed role impacts as a result of integration and proposed role impact as a result of a restructure will be conducted at the same time," A-B Inbev said.

"We are committed to ensuring that people are treated with integrity and respect throughout the integration process. At this time however, it is business as usual in the UK."

No timescale was given for further announcements on the matter.

One analyst told just-drinks today that the move was "not any big surprise". He speculated that A-B's UK sales and marketing teams, plus the group's brewery at Mortlake, could be most affected.

An e-mail memo was sent to UK staff by A-B InBev senior management, warning of "potential redundancies", according to a report in yesterday's Independent on Sunday newspaper.