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

Carlsberg has cut 180 jobs worldwide as it continues to readjust to heavy losses in Eastern Europe.

The Coca-Cola Co and Anheuser-Busch InBev have spoken out over the latest developments at world football body FIFA, which has seen the arrest of several senior officials on corruption charges.

Earlier this month, SABMiller announced the purchase of UK craft brewer Meantime Brewing Co. Larry Nelson has found the instruction manual.

The Canadian division of SABMiller has extended its Miller Lite brand into the country.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has officially opened its first Vietnam brewery.

The footballing world may be in turmoil today, but those drinks companies with more than a passing interest in the beautiful game seem determined not to be swept up by the latest scandal to hit FIFA. For now.

US trade body the Beer Institute has appointed Michael Uhrich as chief economist while Joe Heaton takes on the newly-created post of director for federal affairs.