Blog: Olly WehringAnheuser-Busch InBev - No alarms and no surprises

Olly Wehring | 19 October 2009

The biggest story on just-drinks last week was Anheuser-Busch InBev's widely-expected divestment of many of its brewing assets in Eastern Europe. The sale, to private equity group CVC Capital Partners for US$2.2bn, saw the brewing giant sail past its target this year of $7bn-worth of disposals.

Whilst A-B InBev has proved more than adept at getting reasonably good prices for some of its divestments, especially in the current environment, the list of sales suggests that what we are now observing is - and I don't think A-B InBev will hate me for saying this - a rather 'dull' company.

Battlegrounds for A-B InBev now appear to be primarily Latin America - where AmBev has quite a stranglehold in the region's largest beer market, Brazil - North America - where the biggest beer brand is A-B's Budweiser - and Western Europe - where InBev is well-entrenched with the likes of Stella Artois and Beck's.

AmBev, Anheuser-Busch and InBev were always very similar companies in the way they operated. Now that the sales have been completed, I believe we can expect few alarms and even fewer surprises from the company going forward.


BLOG

Small measures required as Philadelphia soda tax adds up

Philadelphia’s soda tax came into force on Sunday, and is reportedly causing a stir in the city's check-out aisles....

BLOG

Accolade Wines and a giant of the tennis world

Earlier this month, I was most-kindly invited by Accolade Wines to visit the Royal Albert Hall in London. The reason? They wanted to see a tennis great in action, and then give them a guided tour thro...

BLOG

Situation Vacant - Must love whisk(e)y

Do you like whisk(e)y? And, I mean, really like whisk(e)y? Are you at a loose end in the first half of 2017? If so, then I've found just the job for you....

BLOG

Angostura advertises the news

Most of the time, changes at the top of a company present themselves in press releases, stock exchange filings or responses from a spokesperson....

just-drinks homepage



Forgot your password?