Happy Monday morning folks. No soliloquies on creativity this morning. I’m putting it in a separate blog post. Today’s Five Articles slog through the latest information on the merger and takes a trip to Canada for a couple of stories.
- The US Senate will hold its first hearings about the ABInbev SABMiller merger. This is actually just interesting to notice how many committee meetings, hearings, etc. go on in the government on a weekly basis. You could have given me 20 tries and I would not have come up with the name of the subcommittee that gets its first shot at the merger.
- Here is a better look at the hearings from someone who understands antitrust laws. It does have an unfortunate and unnecessary Star Wars reference. It is also refreshing to read an article about the merger that doesn’t solely focus on the number of brands that this gargantuan company will have, and sees the distribution and retail strategy of this company as the real problem. They could sell all this crap as one brand, Budweiser, and the real problem would still be how they are trying to limit the distribution avenues of smaller breweries. Of course, most of these senators will focus on the size and forget about the details.
- Here is one more on the merger. This is about the obligatory lawsuit that a bunch of people who don’t drink Bud or Miller products are filling to stop the merger. I really hate frivolous lawsuits. The courts are there as a last remedy when the legislative branch does nothing to help those who need it. It shouldn’t be used as a preemptive strike against a business merger.
- The more I read about Canadian beer law, the more I learn that their provincial governments are a great deal more powerful than our state governments. Canada almost seems like a confederation of governments bound by a few guiding laws instead of a federal system with geographic compartments. Anyway, 3 of those provinces have jacked up the tax rate on out of province brewers for reasons that escape common sense definition.
- The story of the $1000 bottles of beer is full of so much pretension you would have thought it came from the US and not from Canada.