ABI’s Venture Capital Fund Quietly Expanding the Mega-Brewer’s Reach

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from quinnanya on Flickr. Anheuser-Busch InBev was consistently in the news last year as it closed its blockbuster $100 billion acquisition of SABMiller. But beyond headline-generating deals, the brewer is finding new ways to expand its reach, particularly in the craft sector. The company’s wholly-owned venture capital firm has been quietly investing in beer ratings websites, delivery […]

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In South Carolina, Poultry Industry Seeks to Eliminate Barriers to Expansion

Posted Leah Douglas Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr.  A bill in the South Carolina legislature would make it significantly harder for residents to challenge the state’s expanding poultry industry. If lawmakers pass the bill, South Carolina will be the latest in a series of states to make it harder for rural communities to resist or even carefully regulate large-scale […]

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ABI Aims at Craft Brewers Again, This Time Targeting their Hops​

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user paulmiller. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer producer in the world, is taking another shot at the American craft brewing industry, this time by cornering the market on some key ingredients independent brewers need to make quality beer. The company last week announced that they would no longer be exporting hops from their […]

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North Carolina Craft Brewers Fight for Freedom from ABI-Controlled Distributors​

Posted Leah Douglas Beer, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Photo from Flickr user criminalintent. North Carolina is home to a booming craft beer industry, including Highland Brewing Company and Olde Mecklenberg. But the growing power of the independent breweries has put them at odds with an increasingly consolidated distribution and wholesale industry in the state. In response, the brewers are backing a bill that would […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: Perdue Says It Plans to Treat Its Chickens Better. But Who Will Pay?

Posted Chris Wager Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Perdue, one of the four biggest chicken companies in the U.S., last week announced plans to improve quality of life for their chickens and to kill them more humanely. Although the plans have largely been seen as a step forward in animal welfare, three big questions remain: how much will it cost to meet these new standards, […]

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