DOJ Closes Investigation of ABI’s Devils Backbone Acquisition

After a four month inquiry, the Department of Justice has concluded its investigation of the Anheuser Busch InBev’s acquisition of Devils Backbone Brewing Company. The DOJ stated in a press release that “after careful consideration, the division has determined that, in light of the distribution relief secured in the ABI/SABMiller settlement, the competitive implications of… Read More…

Big Beer Buying Spree Continues

MillerCoors announced yesterday that they have acquired a majority stake in Revolver Brewing of Granbury Texas. This is the third craft brewery deal in the last month which includes Terrapin and Hop Valley. Saint Archer Brewing was acquired last fall. Like the previous craft brewery acquisitions, Revolver will operate under the Tenth and Blake high-end… Read More…

Screeech….Mega-Merger on Hold

The “Mega-Merger seems to have come to a screeching halt. AB InBev’s takeover bid for SABMiller has apparently been suspended after shareholders have said the deal is no longer solid after the pound’s recent Brexit plunge. The “integration” process to merge the operations of the two breweries together which begun some time ago has been… Read More…

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…