Anheuser-Busch InBev, whose Bud Light sales have declined in the US, will make hundreds of corporate staff in the country redundant, according to Reuters.
An Anheuser-Busch spokesperson told FoodBev that the changes to its corporate structure will “simplify and reduce layers within its organisation”.
They continued: “The restructuring includes the elimination of positions across every corporate function at Anheuser-Busch, representing less than 2% of its US employee population”.
The job cuts would not include frontline staff such as those working in breweries and warehouses, including drivers, field sales representatives, among others. The company’s website says that it employs “more than 19,000 employees” across the US. Two per cent of that figure would total around 380 positions.
AB InBev’s CEO Brendan Whitworth said: “Today we took the very difficult but necessary decision to eliminate a number of positions across our corporate organisation. While we never take these decisions lightly, we want to ensure that our organisation continues to be set for future long-term success. These corporate structure changes will enable our teams to focus on what we do best – brewing great beer for everyone and earning our place in the moments that matter.”
AB InBev has faced backlash in the US since 1 April after it entered a minor partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney who promoted the Bud Light beer brand in a video on social media outlet Instagram. The sponsorship led to calls for a boycott of Bud Light from conservatives and a decline in Bud Light sales in the US.
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis asked the State Board of Administration (SBA) to “initiate a review” into its holdings with the parent company.
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