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Old 06-19-2008, 09:10 PM   #11
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The thing is, the breweries won't be moving, the bosses will. I'm sure that every Budweiser bottle sold where I am will still bear the image of the state of Texas atop every label, and the breweries that are employing people in our local economies will still be pumping out pee water.
Maybe, but InBev tried to move Hoegaarden already (and admittedly backed down over the backlash this caused).
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Moreso, I don't see the beer swilling public even ever knowing that this has happened, and if they do, forgetting soon after.
I dunno about this, I've heard about this story from lots of people, but maybe I just travel in different circles. If it actually goes through, I could see it becoming a real story on a slow news day. Maybe it's good for A-B that we're moving into the culmination of the election cycle.
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:35 PM   #12
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Well, then I'm his evil henchman.... Capitalism >> Socialism.
Well then call me his free-lance hitman......Capitalism>>>Socialism.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:30 PM   #13
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So for all intents and purposes, the Bud we buy here will still be an American product, made by Americans using American ingredients in America, just being told what to do by Belgian shareholders instead of American shareholders.

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good for our economy by getting millions of Belgian monies pumped into the US economy.
I can agree with the first to a large extent, but as to the second the money pumped into the American economy comes from US salaries along with any expansion/upgrade using American labor and American vendors. Primarily the change means some of the salaries will likely move overseas, if anything slightly decreasing the money being pumped into the American economy by the manufacturing and marketing of AB products; it won't be an influx of foreign money. It's much better, though, than having the production operation move overseas like many American companies have done. I'd rather buy a foreign manufacturer's brand made in the US than a US manufacturer's brand made overseas.

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AB may be a successful American company, but they are hardly a shining example of a "great" American company with their beer-flavored sodas. InBev at least makes some decent beers.

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they are hardly a shining example of a "great" American company with their beer-flavored sodas.
Based on your statement if, tomorrow, they replaced Bud & Bud Light with a duplicate of the best homebrew you have ever tasted they would move toward being a great company; from a business perspective it'd be stupid. Besides, taste is subjective; to most beer drinkers, what you and I prefer is considered bad tasting beer.

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Based on your statement if, tomorrow, they replaced Bud & Bud Light with a duplicate of the best homebrew you have ever tasted they would move toward being a great company; from a business perspective it'd be stupid. Besides, taste is subjective; to most beer drinkers, what you and I prefer is considered bad tasting beer.

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I don't think anyone is asking them to change their flagship beers - they are extremely popular and even many craft/homebrew enthusiast agree that there us a proper place and time for them where they are quite enjoyable. There is nothing wrong with catering to the masses. I just don't think that they qualify as this cultural icon they are made out to be. For me, the element of progress, innovation and pushing the envelope is missing. But that's just my opinion, and I respect those who differ.
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I think it would be up to AB to decide what to do with the company. There are a great many products that change owners over the years and nobody ever knows about it (did anyone hear that Arby's is buying, or has bought Wendy's?).

Bud will still be Bud (it's not like they can make any cutbacks in quality), and it may also make it easier to get some of InBevs other beers in regular stores over here.

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Bud will still be Bud (it's not like they can make any cutbacks in quality), and it may also make it easier to get some of InBevs other beers in regular stores over here.
There's a ton of quality that goes into making Budweiser, it's just aimed at minimizing flavor. I can't even imagine the difficulty of trying to brew a Budweiser clone at home.

And they already distribute quite a bit of InBev's stock, I think InBev just wants to take advantage of the weak dollar situation to gain control of the distribution themselves.
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Anheuser-Busch says no to $46B InBev offer
The move may still not keep the iconic U.S. brewer from being sold

ST. LOUIS - Anheuser-Busch Cos. rejected an unsolicited $46 billion purchase offer from InBev Thursday, just hours after the Belgian brewer appeared to set the stage for a hostile takeover bid.

Anheuser-Busch Chief Executive August Busch IV sent a letter to InBev Chief Executive Carlos Brito saying the offer greatly undervalued the largest U.S. brewer, calling the $65-a-share price "financially inadequate" and not in the best interests of its shareholders.

"From your standpoint, we see that now could be opportunistic timing for you to make this acquisition, given the weak U.S. dollar and sluggish U.S. stock market," Busch said in the letter. "From the standpoint of the Anheuser-Busch shareholder, however, a transaction with InBev at this time would mean forgoing the greater value obtainable from Anheuser-Busch's strategic growth plan."

more... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25399293/

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August Busch can say "no" all he wants, but a lot of the other stockholders are liking the deal, I know Warren Buffet thinks it's a good deal, and he's gotta be pretty persuasive on that board.

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