Booze News: AB InBev Plots SABMiller Takeover

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AB InBev, the world’s number 1 brewer, wants to buy SABMiller, the world’s number 2, creating a mega-brewer with annual sales of $55 billion. I think I once owned a Transformer named “Mega-Brewer.” Via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Buying SABMiller would strengthen AB InBev’s position in fast-growing economies in Africa and Asia. SAB Miller, formed by South African Breweries’ 2002 acquisition of U.S.-based Miller Brewing Co., employs about 69,000 people in more than 80 countries, from Australia to Zambia, Colombia and the Czech Republic. MillerCoors is a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Co.

For those interested in corporate synergy, shifting paradigms, and leveraging core competencies, this move would bring together the following beers and brands: AB InBev has Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Michelob Ultra, Modelo Especial, Goose Island, Eylsian Brewing, and a slew of regional beers from around the world that I can’t pronounce. SABMiller has Miller and all its rich variations, Coors, Blue Moon, Foster’s, Hamm’s, Keystone, Leinenkugel’s, Mickey’s, Milwaukee’s Best, and again, more “local” international beers than you can shake a stick at. It’s a lot of damn beer, is what I’m getting at. I may go get a local craft beer for lunch, just out of principle. Is it lunch yet? Whoops. Breakfast, then. Whatever. I’m drinking it anyway.

(CNNMoney, JSOnline)