Beer battle ‘priority’ as ACCC puts heat on Lion, Carlton & United over beer tap deals

 In Australia, NewZealand
An investigation into the country’s two big beer giants, Lion and Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), has been elevated to a "priority matter" for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
A team is believed to have been assigned to explore allegations that Lion and CUB – which control more than 90 per cent of beer taps through brands such as Tooheys and VB – are using their dominance to edge out rival brewers from the $2.5 billion draught beer market.
It doesn’t get much bigger than beer, and even a whiff of an alleged breach of the law has put the regulator on high alert. In the past year it has been in contact with Lion and CUB.
Lion said it "can confirm it has co-operated fully with the ACCC in relation to its inquiries into the Australian draught beer market. However, it will be inappropriate for us to make further comment at this time."
ACCC chairman Rod Sims confirmed that the investigation into the wholesale supply of beer to pubs was continuing and "that it is a priority matter for us". He said he couldn’t go into detail, except that "we are in contact with many hotels and event organisers".  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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