InBev and Anheuser-Busch have refused to be drawn on reports linking them with a distribution deal in the US.

Reports across the Atlantic yesterday (22 June) claimed that the brewing giants were close to striking an agreement on the distribution of InBev's European brands.

A-B was said to be close to agreeing to take on brands including Stella Artois, Beck's and Leffe from the InBev portfolio. If a deal was agreed, the brands would join a burgeoning import stable at A-B, which has in recent months secured distribution deals for Tiger Beer and Grolsch.

However, an InBev spokesperson in Leuven refused to comment on the reports. "We are not commenting on that speculation," she told just-drinks.

Dave Peacock, A-B vice president, business & finance operations, added: "It is our policy to not confirm, deny or speculate on reports of potential investments, acquisitions, mergers, new business partnerships or other transactions."