Mexico’s Top Brewers Agree to Limit Exclusivity Contracts

FEMSA BEERS by kirinqueenThe Wall Street Journal , 7/12/2013

Mexico’s top brewers have reached an agreement with the country’s antitrust authority to limit their sales-exclusivity contracts with corner stores, bars and restaurants, allowing more access for craft brewers and other players in a lucrative market split by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s Grupo Modelo unit and Heineken NV’s CervecerÍa Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma.

The Federal Competition Commission stopped short of prohibiting the contracts, noting that they can make Mexican retailing more efficient by, for example, supplying financing for improvements and expansion. But it said that the deals can also act as “barriers to market entry for other competitors.”

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Seven Workers Die in Accident at Grupo Modelo Brewery in Mexico

FEMSA BEERS by kirinqueenBloomberg, 4/7/13

Grupo Modelo SAB, Mexico’s largest brewer, said seven workers died in an accident at its Mexico City brewery. The deaths occurred today in “a confined area of a tank in which cleaning and maintenance work was being done,” Jennifer Shelley, a spokeswoman for the Mexico City-based company, said in a statement. The brewer has contacted authorities and the families of the deceased workers, she said.

Modelo, which makes Corona beer and has agreed to be acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI), is investigating the cause of the accident, Shelley said. Mexican newspaper Milenio reported that the deaths were due to unspecified toxins. Shelley declined to comment on the report.

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AB InBev offers Modelo deal concessions

FEMSA BEERS by kirinqueenFinancial Times, 2/14/2013

Anheuser-Busch InBev has offered to offload assets and licences in a bid to win regulatory approval for its $20bn takeover of Grupo Modelo, the Mexican brewer.

The world’s largest brewer by sales has offered to sell a high-tech brewery in Mexico and offload its US perpetual rights over the Corona and Modelo beer brands in response to the US Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block the takeover on antitrust grounds.

It also intensified its estimation of revenue and cost benefits by $400m to $1bn annually in the process. Carlos Brito, chief executive, said he believed the changes addressed DoJ concerns. “And the deal is even better because we uncovered more synergies,” he said.

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Justice Dept. Seeks to Block Anheuser’s Deal for Modelo

FEMSA BEERS by kirinqueenDealbook / The New York Times, 1/31/2013

The Justice Department sued on Thursday to block Anheuser-Busch InBev’s proposed $20.1 billion deal to buy control of Grupo Modelo of Mexico, arguing that the merger would significantly reduce competition in the American beer market. The deal, announced last summer, would add Corona Extra to the company’s formidable stable of brands, including Budweiser and Stella Artois.

But the Justice Department said in its lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Washington, that allowing the merger to proceed would reduce competition in the beer industry across the country as a whole and in 26 metropolitan areas in particular. The combined company would control about 46 percent of annual sales in the country, the government said, far outpacing Anheuser-Busch InBev’s closest competitor, MillerCoors.

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North of the border

Financial Times, 8/22/12

Over the past five years or so, Mexican companies have poured billions of  dollars into the US as they ramp up the purchase of assets that range from banks  to broadcasting companies and building-material suppliers. The push, which has  gone largely unnoticed, has extended the reach of Mexican businesses that once  looked exclusively to domestic customers.

Some people have even begun to call it the reconquista or “reconquest”, in reference to the recent clawing back, through demographics and  the spread of Mexican-owned businesses, of territory that was once Mexican and  became part of the US after the war between the countries in 1846.

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AB InBev Seals $20 Billion Modelo Purchase to Gain Corona

Bloomberg, 06/29/2012

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI), the world’s biggest brewer, agreed to buy the remainder of Mexico’s Grupo Modelo SAB for $20.1 billion in cash, gaining full control of the Corona maker to increase its presence in emerging markets.

AB InBev, the maker of Budweiser, said it expects the combined company to deliver cost and revenue benefits of at least $600 million annually.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Is Said to Be Near a Deal for Grupo Modelo

The New York Times, 6/24/12

Anheuser-Busch InBev is nearing a deal to buy the half of Grupo Modelo it does not already own, according to people briefed on the matter, giving the global brewing giant control over the maker of Corona Extra beer.

A deal could cost Anheuser-Busch InBev more than $12 billion, given Modelo’s stock market value of roughly $23 billion. A transaction could be announced as soon as this week, some of these people said, though they cautioned that talks were continuing and could falter.

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