Anheuser-Busch has refused to be drawn on reports that its board is set to meet soon to discuss InBev's offer to acquire the brewer.

A report in the Financial Times yesterday (19 June) claimed that A-B's board will meet at some point this week to discuss the bid, which offers shareholders US$65 per share. The paper cited sources close to the situation for offering the information.

When contacted by just-drinks, however, Randolph Baker, A-B's vice president and CFO, said: "We understand the high interest surrounding InBev's unsolicited and non-binding proposal. Anheuser-Busch's inability to comment on it at this point should not be interpreted as support for, or opposition to the proposal.

"InBev and others have been discussing the proposal at length, but the Anheuser-Busch board must take the time necessary to conduct a full and fair analysis in consultation with its advisers before addressing the proposal publicly in detail," Baker continued.

"We will not speculate on what the board's response will be."