The beer industry continues to struggle. America’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch, is once again laying off workers. Last September, Anheuser-Busch laid off 380 employees from its craft and imports High End division. The number of layoffs this time around looks to be 40 jobs across North America. This news comes as the beer industry in general continues to downsize to mitigate declining sales and combat severe competition in the booze and social lubricants industry.
Let’s sadly reflect on other big layoffs that happened just in the past year-plus.
- Lagunitas Brewing Co. let go of 100 employees (12 percent of its 900 employees) in October.
- In August, Constellation’s Ballast Point Brewing Co. laid off 60 employees.
- MillerCoors announced plans to cut 350 salaried jobs in September.
- In January, Pabst Brewing Co. eliminated 70 positions.
- New Belgium Brewing laid off 28 full time employees in February.
- Green Flash Brewing cut 33 workers earlier this year, along with announcing it would abandon its newly-minted East Coast hub and distribution.
- Avery Brewing laid off six employees in April.
We’ve reached out to Anheuser-Busch for comment, and here’s the quote they sent us:
“We are implementing a limited number of targeted changes to our Supply organization in our North American zone. The changes, which affect a small number of salaried positions, are intended to better align our operations with our commercial strategy and to further reduce complexity.”