It’s the penultimate episode of Brews News Week for 2019. In the news: ACCC raises competition concerns over Asahi-CUB deal and Malt Shed owners put brewery up for sale.
The ACCC has announced that it has concerns about competition in the beer and cider markets regarding the proposed acquisition of CUB by Asahi.
The ACCC is seeking industry views about the impact on competition in the beer market as a result of Asahi’s proposed purchase of Australia’s largest brewer, CUB.
If the CUB-Asahi acquisition goes ahead, 70 per cent of the cider market will belong to one company, says industry body Cider Australia, as it calls on the ACCC to closely consider the deal.
Not all small brewers have joined in the outpouring of anger at the ACCC’s finding tap contracts do not substantially lessen competition.
ACCC Deputy Chair Michael Schaper spoke with Brews News to explain the ACCC’s decision that a court was unlikely to find that tap contracts amounted to a substantial lessening of competition…
After a three-year investigation, Australia’s competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has found that tap contracts in the brewing industry are not anti-competitive.
Repost: With tap contracts once again in the news, we revisit this 2015 article exploring some of the arguments in favour of contracting arrangements.
A Melbourne law firm is rallying small brewers to pursue a group claim against CUB and Lion, alleging their tap contracts with venues are in breach of competition law.
The ACCC looks to have been overly optimistic in its assurance that the long-running draught beer contracts investigation would be completed this year.