South African farmers take A-B InBev to competition watchdog | Business

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

The farmers lobby group Grain South Africa believes A-B 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,” A-B InBev Africa spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said. “We have, at all times,…

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