This week in beer and cider

This week in beer and cider

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.

Anheuser-Busch InBev's executive committee will retain only one SABMiller employee as it prepares a clear-out of the takeover target's staff and global offices.

Diageo is to drop the name 'Guinness' from its US beer and malt beverage unit as it increases investment in other brands, including a new hard soda range.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has said it expects to close the purchase of SABMiller on 10 October. 

The companies have set out a timetable to outline what happens between now and the intended completion of the deal - set for 10 October:

Heineken has said consumers are "still drinking beer" in Nigeria but warned that many are trading down as the country recovers from a major currency devaluation.

Molson Coors has reported a dip in second-quarter net profits, blaming charges in connection with its MillerCoors acquisition as well as prohibition in parts of India and planned brewery closures. 

MillerCoors has blamed shipment timings for a weak Q2 that dragged down the first-half, but praised its light beer performance.

Kirin Group has reported an increase in H1 net profits as the company's Medium Term Business Plan (MTBP) began to kick in.

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has posted a strong return to profit in the second quarter, however a weak Q1 led to an overall loss for the first half of 2016.

Chilli Marketing, the international marketer for Rekorderlig, has set it sights on US nation-wide distribution for the Swedish cider with a new import deal.