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 · The US beer giant today (14 July) accepted a takeover offer from Belgian-based InBev. Anheuser-Busch shareholders will receive US$70 per share in cash, for an aggregate equity value of $52 billion. The offer is up on the US$65 a share InBev originally offered in June.

· Anheuser-Busch operates 12 breweries in the US, 14 in China and one in the UK.

· In the US, the company holds a 48.5% share of US beer sales. Worldwide, A-B's beer sales volume was 128.4m barrels in 2007.

· A-B traces its origins back to a Bavarian brewery, which was established in 1852. Eberhard Anheuser acquired the Bavarian brewery in 1860 and renamed it E. Anheuser & Co.

· A-B reached 1m barrels in annual production in 1901.

· In 1920, when national prohibition was introduced, the company diversified into a long line of products including ice cream and truck and bus bodies.

· Budweiser was sold in cans for the first time in 1936.

· In 1967, the St. Louis brewery was declared a National Historic Landmark.

· The company's current CEO is August A. Busch IV. He is the great-great-grandson of A-B founder Adolphus Busch and the son of former chairman, president and CEO, August Busch III. According to his Wikipedia entry, he is known by industry insiders as "The Fourth".

- The St. Louis-based company's subsidiaries include one of the largest US manufacturers of aluminium beverage containers and one of the world's largest recyclers of aluminium beverage cans.


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: Anheuser-Busch InBev

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