Molson Coors Restructuring, Laying Off 500 as Beer Sales Decline

The company expects to save $150 million by closing offices in Denver and making Chicago its North American headquarters.

The Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado. The Coors Golden brewery is the largest single beer brewing facility in the world.
The Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado. The Coors Golden brewery is the largest single beer brewing facility in the world.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Molson Coors Brewing Co. is laying off 500 workers worldwide and restructuring its operations as it faces declining beer sales.

The company expects to save $150 million by closing offices in Denver and making Chicago its North American headquarters. Its brewery in Golden, Colorado, will remain.

Molson Coors says it needs to streamline and bring new products to market more quickly, like the canned wine and hard coffee it introduced this year.

It's also dropping "Brewing" from its name to emphasize that it makes more than beer. It will become Molson Coors Beverage Co. in January.

The company's beer brands include Miller, Molson, Coors, and Foster's. It also makes Henry's Hard Soda.

Molson Coors' sales fell 3% to $8.1 billion in the first nine months of the year.

The company's shares slipped 2% to $53.59 in morning trading.

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