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Old 07-14-2008, 02:31 PM   #21
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I don't reall care what happens to InBev's Busch but I am curious about the brand name.

IIRC, there has been longstanding court battles over the name Budweiser. I think it's been said that historically Budvaroriginally pioneered the name but A-B had the stronger foreamrs to win the rights to use it.

My point is, I wonder if the German influence will cause that to change.

I doubt it.


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Old 07-14-2008, 02:37 PM   #22
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I'm indifferent on this topic. I don't really see it having a huge impact on beer in this country. If anything, it's going to make Bud and Bud Light even bigger brands in the global market.

Aside from Hoegaarden and Leffe, most of what InBev makes is in the Bud/Bud Light mold, so it's not going to bring any better beers my way.


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Old 07-14-2008, 02:53 PM   #23
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Well, it was a good deal for the American stockholders who received above market price for their shares and can now reinvest that money in other companies. It will be good for the business since they can generate some new operational efficiencies and potentially use the money saved for new investment, which is always good (though in the global economy sense and not the US economy sense).

On the other hand, it is probably going to result in more Americans losing their jobs, which is always bad, and it may affect US and State tax revenues.

So I'm kind of up in the air about it. I'm not a huge protectionist by any means so the fact that it's a European company doesn't bother me too much, but I am pretty concerned about the job loses that could result.
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For all the talk about Inbev's cost-cutting and the potential loss of A-B jobs here in the US, I found this interesting

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InBev has almost 3x the employees of A-B, but produces only ~50% more beer?
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For all the talk about Inbev's cost-cutting and the potential loss of A-B jobs here in the US, I found this interesting

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InBev has almost 3x the employees of A-B, but produces only ~50% more beer?
Funny, they use Rolling Rock as a A-B "brand" when in fact A-B just bought it from In-Bev two years ago.

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I dunno, shouldn't change much for me
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I doubt it will change much. IMHO, they are buying Bud for their US market share, not because they admire the product. I doubt they would change the Bud product in any signifigant way for fear of losing revenue. If anything they'll probably pick up on some of Bud's manufacturing efficiencies (as outlined in post 24).
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I doubt it will change much. IMHO, they are buying Bud for their US market share, not because they admire the product. I doubt they would change the Bud product in any signifigant way for fear of losing revenue. If anything they'll probably pick up on some of Bud's manufacturing efficiencies (as outlined in post 24).
You have to remember that InBev is mostly a holding company of smaller companies and breweries. The more little companies, the more duplication of jobs.

A-B has the mega brewer thing going for them, economies of scale and whatnot.
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Just an added thing that I came across in my daily sports-blog-crawl: Kissing Suzy Kolber
Just something from an outsiders perspective that is pretty funny.
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Just an added thing that I came across in my daily sports-blog-crawl: Kissing Suzy Kolber
Just something from an outsiders perspective that is pretty funny.
That was hillarious....I through my back out laughing...ow..

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