InBev has moved to dismiss local reports claiming that the brewer is looking to lay off workers in Europe and North America.

The global brewer was cited yesterday (11 April) in Belgian daily Le Soir as having a plan in place to cut 200 jobs at its sites on the two continents. The newspaper claimed that unnamed sources said that the redundancies will affect employees over 50 and expatriates, whose contracts will not be renewed once expired.

Speaking to just-drinks today, however, a spokesperson for the brewer said that the claims were unfounded. "We do not have any such plan in existence to lay off people, as the report claimed."

"We do have cost-cutting plans lined up," the spokesperson added. "We're constantly looking to become more efficient."

Regarding the age and type of employees cited in the report, the spokesperson said: "Any efficiencies and saving initiatives that we have in place, age would never be part of the criteria."

The report also claimed that the move follows an internal survey, which discovered that only 57% of employees were happy working at the brewer, with young people the most critical. When asked about how younger workers felt at the company, the spokesperson said: "That's not something that I have found from what people have told me."