Anheuser-Busch is to make a donation to the citizens of Harbin city. The brewer announced today that it will contribute US$8m to a trust fund to be formed to promote economic development and support for the city's populace.

AB, which holds a 29% stake in Harbin Brewery, said in a statement that the activities of the fund will include an annual beer festival to promote the beer industry.

Harbin Brewery is the subject of a hostile takeover bid by SABMiller which followed AB's acquisition of its stake in the brewer earlier this month.