Could one company control almost half the beer in the world?

Could one company control almost half the beer in the world?

When 25% of the beer market is not big enough, you need to buy your competition, specifically your number one rival, who also wants to grow. Does the world, yes world, need one company controlling almost 50% of the beer market?

It seems that ABI (Anheuser-Busch InBev) is looking to do just that buy thinking of buying SAB Miller.

An article from discusses what they know about the supposed talks.

SAB Miller, the world's second biggest brewer, is in talks to be bought by its bigger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev, according to reports.

The global brewer, based in London, could be the subject of an $80 billion deal according to Brazilian financial journalist Guilherme Barros.

The deal could create the worlds largest brewer by a large margin, with Belgium's ABI already commanding a 25 per cent share of global brewing.

The new entity would be maintaining a footprint in every global marketplace with near 50 percent stake in the US marketplace.

His report on the Sao Paulo-based website IG prompted shares in SAB Miller to rise by 120p to 2220 pence - an increase of 5.7%.

AB InBev's share price, incidentally, dropped by 1.4% to E39.80.

Lagers brewed by SAB Miller include Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch. It is also a major bottler of Coca-Cola.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, meanwhile, is best-known for brewing Budweiser and Stella Artois.

Both SAB Miller and Anheuser-Busch InBev have declined to comment.

What do you think, should ABI be allowed to buy SAB Miller? Is this good for the beer drinking community? What about the small guy?

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