Anheuser-Busch InBev hails China investment in 2011

Anheuser-Busch InBev hails China investment in 2011

Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to spend "hundreds of millions of dollars" in China in 2011, according to local reports.

The Budweiser brewer's CEO, Carlos Brito, was quoted by the China Daily newspaper at the end of last week as saying that the group will ramp up its investment in the country's emerging beer market.

His comments came following the official opening of A-B InBev's brewery in Ziyang, Sichuan province.

In 2010, consumer demand for Budweiser in China helped the brand to increase global volume sales by 1.7% for the year, despite ongoing decline in its home US market.

A-B InBev has already confirmed two acquisitions in China in 2011. In March, it confirmed to just-drinks that it had agreed to buy Weixue Beer Group Co for an undisclosed fee.

A month earlier, the brewer signed a deal to acquire full control of the Liaoning Dalian Daxue Brewery Co in China's Liaoning province, the country's fourth largest in terms of beer consumption.