"As with all mergers and acquisitions, the idea is that by joining forces the new bigger-and-better company can implement economies of scale and scope, as well as increasing its market share - all resulting in greater profits. But there are no guarantees.Em lado nenhum se fala na relação com os clientes, em lado nenhum se fala sobre interacção, sobre co-criação de valor. Tudo aponta para esforços de redução do break-even e aumento do retorno para os accionistas.
In major manufacturing operations economies of scale can be enormous, which means breweries will be streamlined to focus on the largest and most modern. Economies of scope - where it’s cheaper to produce a range of products together than individually - will be substantial too. In terms of personnel, for example, head offices and country management teams are likely to be integrated. Plus, the combined purchasing power of the new bigger company should also realize substantial savings.
But if drinkers are hoping the cost savings will be passed on to them I feel they will be sorely disappointed. They will probably find that choice will diminish as well. Indeed greater market power arising from mergers usually results in higher prices.
It is also probable that product ranges will be reviewed and reduced to allow for greater investment in marketing the retained brands.
The market is largely flat and in some regions is declining as other beverages such as wine continue to penetrate. Micro-brewers and their highly differentiated craft ales also continue to make progress. As a consequence cost, product and distribution rationalization become an attractive way of increasing shareholder returns."
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Trechos retirados de "The Big Beer Merger Won’t Bring Down the Price of a Pint"
BTW, "Why Craft Brewers Are Winning the Beer Wars"