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14 July, 2008

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The board of Anheuser-Busch has agreed to a takeover of the company by Belgian brewer Inbev.

The move will see the US brewing giant’s brands, including Budweiser and Michelob, join the Inbev portfolio.

The agreement came after friendly talks between the two parties ended a period of hostile public exchanges.

Inbev secured victory after increasing its initial offer which valued Anheuser at around $46 billion.

The move creates the world’s biggest brewer and one of the top five consumer products groups globally.

Anheuser’s St Louis, Missouri, base will become the headquarters for Inbev in North America and the global home of Budweiser.

All of Anheuser’s US breweries will remain open as part of the deal, which values Anheuser at $52 billion.

Anheuser president and chief executive August Busch IV will join the board of the combined company headed by Inbev chief executive Carlos Brito.

Brito said: “Together, Anheuser-Busch and Inbev will be able to accomplish much




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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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