A-B, InBev Talks Heat Up

Reports speculate that deal may happen this year

InBev, the world’s second-largest beer producer by volume, and Anheuser-Busch are in advancing talks that could lead to a merger of the two, Belgian business magazine Trends said on Thursday.

InBev, whose key brands are Stella Artois, Beck’s, Brahma and Leffe, and Anheuser-Busch have been the subject of consistent merger speculation over the past year.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal said talks between the brewing giants had become more serious and that a deal was possible this year.

Both brewers have repeatedly declined to comment.

InBev was formed from the 2004 merger of Belgium’s Interbrew and Brazil’s AmBev.

Comments

  1. Moonlight says

    It just sucks, not being bigger than Miller…
    What are the chances Stella will have a born on date?

  2. Rosie says

    Damn, I was really hoping that Bud would join with Miller and we’d finally get Budmilloors for real :rolleyes:

    On a serious note, is there no longer laws against monopolies? Or triopoly or whatever we have here…

    I suppose on a positive note, when these companies join there is usually a couple years of chaos when they take their eye off the ball and we can snag a little more market share…

    …new names anyone?

    Anheuser-InBusch 😎

    Cheers,

    Jeff