DOJ Approves Mega-Merger; with Stipulations

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the acquisition of SABMiller by ABI. This was no surprise at all, but what, if any stipulations the DOJ would require as a condition of the merger has been of keen interest to the entire industry.   In addition to the expected divestiture of  its SABMiller’s U.S…. Read More…

BI Announces Labeling Initiative

The Beer Institute has announced a new initiative to encourage its member companies to display specific consumer information on products, packaging or websites.  The “Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative” is a voluntarily program in which BI members will include a serving facts statement on their products, as well as disclose ingredients on either the label or… Read More…

EU OK’s Mega Merger. AB Incentive Plan Looked at in US

Anheuser-Busch InBev got the thumbs up from European regulators to proceed with its $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller. The decision was not unexpected after ABInBev shed numerous brands to satisfy regulators antitrust concerns.   U.S. regulators are continuing to review the merger and a decision was said to be expected soon. But that soon may… Read More…

Virginia Chalks Up Another

Constellation Brands plans to invest about $48 million to convert an existing building in Virginia into a new brewing facility for San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing, which the global alcohol beverage supplier acquired late last year for $1 billion.   Ballast Point produced about 275,000 bbls in 2015 at its San Diego brewery. Company officials… Read More…

AB Fined in WA for Trade Practice Violations

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has fined Anheuser-Busch $150,000 charging AB with exerting “undue influence” at multiple entertainment venues in the Seattle area.   The WLCB is charging that AB, working through their branch-owned distributor, entered into sponsorship contracts at the venues to achieve a monopoly position, at the exclusion of all non-AB brands…. Read More…

ABInBev Spreads Craft Shopping Spree

Birra del Borgo has announced a deal that makes it a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Italian brewery characterized this as a partnership in the press release announcing the sale. AB InBev will provide the support to allow Birra del Borgo to expand its brewery know how and infrastructure, continue to innovate and bring… Read More…

AB Buys Yet Another

Anheuser-Busch has just announced that they will to acquire yet another craft brewery. This time it will be Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Virginia.   The purchase is not unexpected, as AB will likely continue to buy more craft brands in an effort to control the high end beer segment. The deal also follows what… Read More…

Pabst Inks Deal to Brew at CBA Woodinville Brewery

Craft Brew Alliance announced that it has agreed to produce some Pabst Brewing brands at its Woodinville, Washington brewery. Pabst Brewing was also offered a three-year option to buy the 200,000 bbl brewery which mainly produces the Redhook beers for CBA. Craft Brew Alliance took over both the Woodinville and Portsmouth, N.H. breweries when it… Read More…

ABInBev Buys Breckenridge Brewing

Anheuser-Busch continues on a buying rampage, announcing today that it has acquired the Breckenridge Brewery in Colorado for an undisclosed sum. Breckenridge will be the latest craft brewery to join the ABInBev High End unit which consists of Goose Island Beer Co., Blue Point Beer Co. and Elysian Brewing Co., 10-Barrewl and Golden Road among… Read More…

ABInBev Craft Shopping Spree Continues

The craft brewery shopping spree continues as Anheuser-Busch InBev announced today that they have purchased the Camden Town Brewery. Founded by Jasper Cuppaidge, the owner of The Horseshoe pub in Hampstead, Camden Town Brewery started production in 2010. It employs 95 people and has sold about 45,000 bbls in 2015. The amount of the purchase… Read More…