Rumours have surfaced yet again that InBev and Anheuser-Busch are in talks over a possible merger.

Citing industry sources, the Wall Street Journal said late last week that the two global brewers have held discussions with a view to a potential merger at some point this year.

Speaking to just-drinks today, a spokesperson for InBev declined to comment on the report. "It is not our policy to comment on market speculation," the spokesperson said.

Speculation about a possible tie-up between InBev and A-B has been circulating for years, although Carlsberg and Heineken's recent proposed takeover of Scottish & Newcastle has suggested a fresh wave of consolidation within the brewing industry.

In late-2006, InBev and A-B teamed up in the US, with A-B handling distribution for a number of the Belgium-based company's premium European beers in the US.

When asked at the time about any further agreements in other markets between the two in the future, an InBev spokesperson said: "This is a distribution agreement for the US. At this stage, we have no further plans (with A-B)."