Beer drinkers unite against Inbev
Published:  19 September, 2008

A group of American beer drinkers have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Inbev's purchase of Anheuser-Busch will break US antitrust laws.

The

10-strong group

of consumers in Budweiser firm Anhesuer's hometown of St Louis

is seeking to block the deal outright.

The lawsuit claims : "If Inbev is allowed to purchase Anheuser, there no longer would be any significant major potential competitor to influence pricing and ­marketing practices in the US."

Inbev has claimed

the proposed $52 billion purchase won't infringe competition laws because Inbev is only a niche player in the US market to date, adding only a small amount in sales to Anheuser's existing market share.

The US Justice Department is already reviewing the legality of the deal.

If it goes through, the acquisition will bring together a portfolio including Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's.




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