This week in beer and cider on just-drinks

This week in beer and cider on just-drinks

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global beer & cider categories. We also have similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.

SABMiller has recommended the latest takeover offer from Anheuser-Busch InBev for GBP44 per share.

Earlier today, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller secured an “agreement in principle” for AB InBev to acquire SAB. Here's a breakdown of the proposal.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed in principle to acquire global rival SABMiller in the biggest ever deal in drinks history, and one of the top five in the corporate world. But it has been a long path to today's historic news. Here, just-drinks provides a digest of the most significant moments in the creation of “MegaBrew”.

Kurt Widmer has announced his intention to retire as chairman of Craft Brew Alliance.

As Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller agree to discuss a mutually-satisfactory takeover offer, Larry Nelson looks at who can be considered a winner and who a loser, should the US$104bn purchase go through.

In early September, analysts at Nomura ran the rule over a possible SABMiller merger with Diageo. Anheuser-Busch InBev now looks certain to take control of SABMiller, but Diageo - wrestling with stock price weakness and currency headwinds - has been far from quiet. Here's a just-drinks rundown on the Guinness and Johnnie Walker owner's movements in the past few weeks, which have seen it withdraw from some of its wine and beer investments.

Anheuser-Busch is holding talks with authorities in the US over a deal to buy two Californian distributors.

MillerCoors has said it is trying to resolve a trademark dispute that could halt a reintroduction of a Blue Moon extension.

With Anheuser-Busch InBev's capture of SABMiller almost over the line, focus turns to the potential fall out of the deal.

Heineken has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Slovenian brewer and soft drinks producer Pivovarna Laško.