InBev is to cut almost 120 jobs from its business in France in another move to streamline its operations in the flat beer markets of Western Europe.

InBev, the world's largest brewer by volume, said today (14 December) that it is to axe 303 jobs across its InBev France subsidiary and CaféIn, its distribution network in the country. The company said 184 employees would be offered new posts in the revamped business, leading to a net loss of 119 jobs.

Beer consumption in France has slumped by 25% in the last 25 years with the industry seeing sales in the last 10 years alone fall by almost 13%.

InBev France, which controls only 9% of the market, said it was "facing a duopoly" in France in the form of market leader Brasseries Kronenbourg and Heineken.

"To ensure the future strength of InBev France, (we) must focus on investing our brands," the company said. "To improve efficiency, it is necessary for InBev France to simplify its commercial distribution structures."

The company said it has begun a period of consultation with employees, adding that it would make further announcements in due course.

InBev France failed to return requests for comment as just-drinks went to press.

InBev's decision to cut jobs in France follows moves last month to scale back its operations in Belgium and streamline its HQ in Leuven, Belgium.