Anheuser-Busch InBev (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑnɦɔjzər ˈbuʃ ˈɪmbɛf ˈɛn ˈveː], abbreviated as AB InBev) is a Belgian-Brazilian multinational beverage and brewing company headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. It is the world's largest brewer with nearly 25 percent global market share and the third largest FMCG company by firm value. (March 2012)
AB InBev has 14 brands that individually generate over 1 billion USD per year in revenue out of a portfolio of more than 200 brands (2010). This portfolio includes global brands Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck's and Brahma, smaller multi-country brands like Alexander Keith's, Leffe and Hoegaarden, and regional brands such as Spaten, Hasseröder, Löwenbräu, Bud Light, Skol, Quilmes, Harbin, Cass, Jupiler and recently their acquired Presidente beer from Dominican Republic. Total revenue for all InBev brands in 2010 was over 36 billion USD.
The company employs around 116,000 people in over 30 countries. With the integration of Anheuser-Busch, 45% of the company's sales come from North America, and the company now reports its financial results in US Dollars.
- Interbrew has its oldest roots in the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, dating back to 1366. In 1987 the two largest breweries in Belgium merged: Artois, located in Leuven, and Piedboeuf, located in Jupille, forming Interbrew.
- AmBev (short for Companhia de Bebidas das Américas, or "American Beverage Company") was created in 1999 with the merger of the two biggest Brazilian brewers, Antarctica (founded in 1882) and Brahma (founded in 1888).
- Anheuser-Busch was established in 1860 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Anheuser & Co.
In 2006 InBev acquired the Fujian Sedrin brewery in China, making InBev the No. 3 brewer in China (the world's largest beer market). In 2007, Labatt acquired Lakeport in Canada, and InBev increased its shareholding in Quinsa, strengthening the company’s foothold in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
On 18 November 2008, the merger of InBev and Anheuser-Busch was completed, creating Anheuser–Busch InBev, the leading global brewer and one of the top five consumer products companies in the world. Under the terms of the merger agreement, all shares of Anheuser-Busch will be acquired for 70 USD per share in cash, for an aggregate of 52 billion USD.
After the merger in 1987, Interbrew acquired a number of local breweries in Belgium. By 1991, a second phase of targeted external growth began outside of Belgium’s borders. The first transaction in this phase took place in Hungary, followed in 1995 by the acquisition of Labatt, in Canada, and then in 1999 by a joint venture with Sun in Russia.
In 2000, Interbrew acquired Bass and Whitbread in the U.K., and in 2001 the company established itself in Germany, with the acquisition of Diebels. This was followed by the acquisition of Beck’s & Co., the Gilde Group and Spaten. Interbrew operated as a family-owned business until December 2000. At this point it organized an Initial Public Offering, becoming a publicly owned company trading on the Euronext stock exchange (Brussels, Belgium).
In 2002, Interbrew strengthened its position in China, by acquiring stakes in the K.K. Brewery and the Zhujiang Brewery.
AmBev is a Brazilian beverages company formed by a merger in 1999 between the Brahma and Antarctica breweries. It has a dominant position in South America and the Caribbean. The subsidiary is listed on BM&F Bovespa, the São Paulo stock exchange, and on the New York Stock Exchange.
Anheuser-Busch is the largest brewing company in the United States in volume with a 49.2% share of beer sales. It was the world's largest brewing company based on revenue, but third in brewing volume, before the acquisition by InBev announced 13 July 2008. The division operates 12 breweries in the United States and 17 others overseas.
Anheuser-Busch's best known beers included brands such as Budweiser, the Busch (originally known as Busch Bavarian Beer) and Michelob families, and Natural Light and Ice. The company also produced a number of smaller-volume and specialty beers, nonalcoholic brews, malt liquors (King Cobra and the Hurricane family), and flavored malt beverages (e.g. the Bacardi Silver family and Tequiza).
Anheuser-Busch was also one of the largest theme park operators in the United States with ten parks throughout the United States. In October 2009, AB InBev announced the sale of its Busch Entertainment theme park division to The Blackstone Group for $2.7 billion. The company had been investigating a sale of Busch Entertainment since the merger with Inbev.
InBev was the second largest brewery company in the world. While its core business is beer, the company also had a strong presence in the soft drink market in Latin America. It employed about 86,000 people and was headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, where Anheuser–Busch InBev will now be based.
Before the merger with AmBev, Interbrew was the third largest brewing company in the world by volume, Anheuser-Busch was the largest, followed by SABMiller in second place. Heineken International was in fourth place and AmBev was the world's fifth largest brewer.
InBev employed close to 89,000 people, running operations in over 30 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2007, InBev realized 14.4 billion euro of revenue.
AB InBev's brand portfolio includes highly popular beer and soft drinks brands. The company classifies it brands as Global Brands, Multi-Country Brands, and Local Champions
Global Brands include:
Multi-Country Brands include:
Local Champions include:
The company also owns distribution rights to the Bacardi and Monster Energy brands. Additionally, the company owns Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer and owner of the global Corona brand. The group has a 51% controlling stock on Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana through the AmBev division.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 key figures. Anheuser-Busch InBev. Retrieved on 5 february 2012.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Annual Report 2010. Anheuser-Busch InBev. Retrieved on 3 April 2011.
- ↑ Interbrew buys AmBev and becomes world number one. Beverage Daily (3 March 2004). Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved on 9 February 2008.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 www.ab-inbev.com
- ↑ Companhia de Bebidas das Américas. AmBev. Archived from the original on 9 August 2010. Retrieved on 2010-07-07.
- ↑ Stock symbol abv. Gstock Supercomputer. Retrieved on 2010-07-07.
- ↑ "Alcoholic beer taster gets payout". BBC News. 6 May 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6631147.stm. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- ↑ 2008 Anheuser-Busch InBev Annual Report
- ↑ Blackstone to buy A-B InBev's theme parks for $2.7 billion. MarketWatch, Oct. 7, 2009
- ↑ InBev may sell US theme parks. Boston Globe, July 16, 2008
- ↑ Bid talk boosts Budweiser maker. BBC News. 23 May 2008.
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