AB InBev to replace head of North America division

the globe’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is usually replacing the head of its North America business to stem a slide in sales in its largest market.

AB InBev said Joao Castro Neves had decided to step down as well as also also his place would certainly be taken on Jan. 1 by another Brazilian company veteran, Michel Doukeris, currently chief sales officer.

Consumers from the United States are shifting by AB InBev’s mainstream lagers Budweiser as well as also also Bud Light to craft beers made by smaller brewers, Mexican imports or wines as well as also also spirits.

AB InBev has sold less beer in North America in each year since 2014, that has a steep 6.2 percent drop from the third quarter of This specific year.

“People are trading up,” said Liberum analyst Nico von Stackelberg. “I don’t think anyone is usually definitely hoping for dramatic volume turnarounds. Just stopping the bleeding is usually the expect.”

Doukeris has previously headed up the company’s Chinese as well as also also Asia Pacific operations, helping to expand Budweiser globally as well as also also launching AB InBev’s U.S. unit focused on import as well as also also craft beer brands, which have grown.

“The U.S. is usually our most important market as well as also also we recognize the need to continue to focus on driving topline growth across our portfolio,” said AB InBev Chief Executive Carlos Brito.

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