Anheuser-Busch InBev says not responsible for alleged actions of third party distributor

Anheuser-Busch InBev says not responsible for alleged actions of third party distributor

Anheuser-Busch InBev has countered a claim by the Teamsters trade union that the Budweiser brewer should be held partially responsible for an alleged breach of envrionment regulations at an affiliate distributor.

Teamsters in Ohio has filed a complaint with the state's Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that Heidelberg Distributing illegally dumped contaminated water in a storm drain on the company's property.

Heidelberg distributes A-B InBev's beers, but also a range of other companies' drinks, including Duvel Moortgat's Duvel, Boston Beer's Sam Adams and Diageo's Guinness.

As well as accusing Heidelberg, Teamsters said: "We believe that corporate citizens such as Anheuser-Busch [InBev] also have a responsibility to the community to ensure that the companies they hire to distribute their products are not hurting the environment."
 
However, a spokesperson for A-B InBev told just-drinks late yesterday (25 July): "Heidelberg Distributing is one of our valued wholesalers, but it is an independent business and we have no involvement in their daily operations nor do we direct them in labor matters."