Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global beer & cider category. We are also running similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.

Weak Europe, soft China countered by LatAm, Africa in Q1 for SABMiller

SABMiller has flagged a "difficult" Europe and a "softer" China as hampering performance in its latest fiscal first-quarter.

Head of global business development Ravi Rajagopal to quit Diageo

Diageo has confirmed that its head of global business development Ravi Rajagopal, is set to leave the company, just-drinks can exclusively reveal.

SABMiller's Q1 Sales Performance by Region – Focus

In a trading update earlier today, SABMiller posted a 3% lift in group sales in its fiscal first quarter, as volumes held steady. Here we look at the three-month performance by region.

Euro Commission runs rule over Rexam's Ball Corp purchase

The European Commission has threatened to block the planned acquisition of UK aluminium can and bottle manufacturer Rexam by US rival Ball Corp, over concerns that a merged company might dominate European markets.

SABMiller, Carlsberg, Heineken: Poland's beer itch – Focus

As the third-largest beer market in Europe, Poland plays a sizable part in the fortunes of three of the world's largest brewers. As market leader, SABMiller is particularly keen that the country's consumers keep on chugging. But, in yesterday's first-quarter trading update, the company highlighted a worrying Polish itch. And, it's one that has proved contagious.