Exclusive: South African farmers take AB InBev to competition watchdog


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Farmers in South Africa have filed a complaint with the country’s competition watchdog about Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (ABI.BR) decision to change its pricing formula for buying malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making.

View of the Anheuser-Busch InBev logo outside the brewer’s headquarters in Leuven, Belgium March 1, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The farmers lobby group Grain South Africa believes AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, has contravened one of the conditions set when the country’s competition tribunal approved its $106 billion acquisition of rival beer maker SABMiller.

“We are aware of the complaint lodged by Grain SA and have formally responded to the Competition Commission,” AB InBev Africa spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said. “We have, at…

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