The standoff came to a head in June last year after some of the beer distributors declined to sign agreements requiring them to notify the EABL of any plans to deal in competitor products.

The EABL, which controls the largest beer market share in Kenya, had at the time issued its distributors with three-year contracts that effectively barred them from selling products from rival firms.

Intense talks saw most of the distributors eventually sign the contracts, averting what would have been a major supply nightmare for the brewer.

EABL said then that its contracts were non-exclusive and that the requirement is not uncompetitive.

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