A-B InBev and SABMiller talk merger – again

In response to media speculation about a possible deal, SABMiller confirmed this morning that Anheuser-Busch InBev has made known its intention to acquire the company, CNBC reports. In a statement, SABMiller said that no proposal had yet been received from A-B InBev but that it would respond as appropriate once an offer is made.

The news mirrored stories from this time last year—in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Forbes, and others—that reported A-B Inbev was planning to buy out SABMiller.

SABMiller is the world’s second-largest brewer in terms of sales, with such brands as Blue Moon, Coors, Foster’s, Grolsch, Hamm’s, Leinenkugel’s, Miller, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, and Strongbow. A-B InBev is the world’s largest brewer in terms of sales. Its brands include Beck’s, Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois. Here’s what a bar stocked with all the beers from both companies would look like.

A combined A-B InBev/SABMiller would have a market value of around $270 billion.


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