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InBev may look to sell its Beck's beer brand as part of disposals following the brewer's takeover of Anheuser-Busch.

Analysts believe German beer Beck's might feature high on a list of disposals being considered by InBev, in the wake of its US$52bn agreement to buy Anheuser-Busch.

One analyst told just-drinks today (12 November) that Beck's and InBev's German beer unit could be "carved out of the rest of the portfolio relatively straight forwardly". He said a sale may fetch up to $2.5bn.

He said that InBev may choose to push Stella Artois ahead of Beck's on an international level. "Stella is likely more profitable. It may have suffered in the UK, but it is doing very well in the US."

German group Dr Oetker was named as a possible buyer of Beck's and InBev German operations in a Bloomberg report last Friday.

Beck's Vier has performed very well in the UK, however, which has raised questions about whether InBev would want to give the brand up. It is thought the brewer would want to keep hold of licences to the brand in key growth markets.

Commenting on reports that InBev is eyeing a range of disposals, also to include Anheuser theme parks, an InBev spokesperson told just-drinks last week: "As previously discussed, we are contemplating disposals of certain assets from both companies."

She added: "However, it is too early to comment at this stage on which businesses specifically would be considered."


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