Anheuser-Busch Accepts InBev’s Takeover Offer

July 13th, 2008 | Posted by Jay Brooks

In a Sunday afternoon vote of Anheuser-Busch’s Board of Directors, meeting at the Spirit of St. Louis airport in Chesterfield, Missouri, the $70 per share offer by InBev to acquire A-B was approved. The total sale will be nearly $50 billion and the board of directors of the newly merged company will include two Anheuser-Busch members, most likely including August A. Busch IV. The new company will be known as Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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12 Responses to “Anheuser-Busch Accepts InBev’s Takeover Offer”

  1. Matt Says:

    What a bunch of turncoats! I can’t believe they accepted this deal. So much for the great “American” lager.

  2. Marc Says:

    “Great American lager?????” It is caramel colored water. After what the jerks did to the good people of Latrobe and Rolling Rock, they should all lose their jobs and have to drink the crap they have been foisting upon people for years.

  3. Jeff Scott Says:

    Wondering if ABIB will buy back all of those point of sale materials that proclaim Bud the American beer.

    But then again if a Cadillac can be made in Mexico and still considered an American car….

  4. Andrew P. Zinner Says:

    Who really cares? No right-thinking Belgian would drink beer that includes rice, anyway. And the IvBev folks are “Belgian” in little more than location.

    We all know where the real beer comes from — the Dogfish Heads and Pizza Ports and Great Lakes’ and Three Floyds’ and Elysians of the world. Prost to Sam and Tomme and Mr. Cantwell, et al.!

  5. BeerNomis Says:

    It was just a matter of time before a merger like this would take place. Raising fuel costs, grain costs and a hop shortage all had a hand in this deal. It’s a smart move for both companies.
    For centuries in Europe, ales and stouts have been the mainstay beer, now pilsners and lagers are the drink of choice. The Europeans as well as the Asians love American beer and it’s a huge market. Plus more Americans are consuming more European beers then ever, perhaps in pursuit of something different.
    Not right away but there will some changes with this merger. I do not foresee any brewery closures here in the states; however I do see some acquisitions of distribution rights and the building of new distribution centers. More then likely there will be some lay-off’s and forced retirements, but Anheuser-Busch already had that in the works.
    In the long run the merger will benefit both companies bringing costs down on transportation, logistics and production. It may even mean cheaper beer for the entire world. Isn’t this what we are really after anyway?

  6. Jeff Says:

    wonder what this does to my free tickets to Busch Gardens and Sea World…

  7. Fred Says:

    It’s sad to thing that family and history means so little that they sell out for what, more money?

  8. Chris Says:

    I live in St. Louis, since the buy-out was offical you can see in almost every bar/supermarket a mass amount of unbought AB products. I for one bought Miller Light last night.

    I don’t doubt the Busch family has retreated from St. Louis to one of their vactation homes. St. Louis and myself included would spit on any of the boared members who voted for the take over.

  9. Bro Scenie Us Says:

    $56 Bill. Hell that is one American Lager Turning heads in Europe. It’s a Good beer and the Euro Snobs Agree! Time to make a Brew.

  10. Bob Rossler Says:

    Way to go A/B, another American sellout. Oh well the beer (loose term) wasn’t very good anyhow. See if the American public has enough guts to stop buying the A/B products (How could anyone in their right mind drink Busch anyway ?) I hope the Busch family and the rest of the high mucky-mucks will still able to eat steak.

  11. Michael Says:

    Hate to tell y’all this but none of the leading beer companies is American owned. Miller is English owned (SABMiller) and Coors is Canadian owned (Molsen). I’m looking forward to having some new brews introduced ion the American from InBev’s portfolio.

  12. Michael Says:

    Hate to tell y’all this but none of the leading beer companies is American owned. Miller is English owned (SABMiller) and Coors is Canadian owned (Molsen). I’m looking forward to having some new brews introduced in the American market from InBev’s portfolio.