InBev has remained silent amid claims that a merger between the brewer and Anheuser-Busch is "inevitable".

A story in Belgian business magazine Trends yesterday (7 June) cited senior InBev figures as saying a merger would be inevitable in the long run. The magazine cited senior figures at InBev saying they believed a tie-up with A-B at some point "belonged to the nature of things". A separate recent report in Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico has suggested that the two companies are in talks, although they remain only preliminary.

When contacted by just-drinks today, however, a spokesperson for InBev said: "There's been no statement by any InBev executive on this matter.

"We will not comment further on speculation," the spokesperson concluded.

Late last year, the two brewers announced that A-B will become the exclusive distributor of InBev's premium European beers in the US. The companies also have agreements in South Korea and in Canada, where they have a licensing agreement through InBev's Labatt Breweries.