Mexican brewers forced to open up

Mexico’s biggest brewers, Corona maker Grupo Modelo and Sol producer Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, have agreed to face more competition to end a dispute over their long domination of the domestic beer market, the world’s sixth-biggest. Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission said yesterday that Modelo, a unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev and Cuauhtemoc, which belongs to Heineken NV, would in the next five years have to reduce exclusivity deals they have with clients in Mexico or face heavy fines. The directive follows a longstanding complaint from rival SABMiller.