US: Anheuser-Busch InBev rejects 'watering down' claims

By | 27 February 2013

Budweiser is among the brands A-B InBev has been accused of watering down, which it denies

Budweiser is among the brands A-B InBev has been accused of 'watering down', which it denies

Anheuser-Busch InBev has strongly denied claims in lawsuits lodged in three US states that it has “watered down” its beers. 

The lawsuits, filed in San Francisco, Philiadelphia and New Jersey, says the allegations are based on information from former employees and involves ten brands, including Budweiser and Michelob, the BBC reported. "Our information comes from former employees at Anheuser-Busch, who have informed us that, as a matter of corporate practice, all of their products mentioned (in the lawsuit) are watered down," lead lawyer Josh Boxer was cited as saying.

Other lawsuits are due to be lodged in Ohio and Colorado, Bloomberg reported

However, the brewer rejected the accusations. In a statement sent to just-drinks today (27 February), Peter Kraemer, VP of brewing & supply at Anheuser-Busch, said: "The claims...are completely false, and this lawsuit is groundless.  Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws." 

The brewer spoke out last year after a magazine article suggested it had changed the recipe for Budweiser in the US

Earlier today, A-B InBev reported a jump in full-year profits and sales, despite on-going struggles in Europe.

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