ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -Over 300 employees are being laid off by Anheuser-Busch/In Bev nationwide, including five in St. Louis.
The layoffs are in the brewer’s High End division.
Spokeswoman Gemma Hart tells KMOX the goal is to simplify the division’s sales organization. She says the purchase of 10 craft breweries over the last two years, left markets with two district managers, one for the big brands and one for the crafts.”Wholesalers have said to us,” Hart says, “‘we’d prefer a simpler structure. We’d prefer a single point of contact.'”
Hart would not cofirm the number of nationwide layoffs, but says it’s less than 2 percent of A-B’s 18 thousand North American employees. It’s been reported as high as 380. Hart says the company’s added two thousand jobs nationwide in the last two years.
High End Sales rep Mike Seabaugh tells the Beer Street Journal that “Basically, they’ve bought quite a few breweries and with those purchases came a bunch of employees. They don’t have room for us anymore.”
The layoffs do not include employees who report directly to any of the 10 breweries within its portfolio