U.S. Justice Department Signs Off on Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller Merger

$107 billion merger makes major steps forward
Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev

As part of the approval, SAB Miller must divest its worldwide rights to Miller Beer brands, and AB InBev must cease anticompetitive incentives for distributors.

Big things are brewing as the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller merger moves forward.

The U.S. Justice Department signed off on the merger, with a few conditions. SAB Miller must “divest itself of the worldwide rights to Miller Beer brands,” reported Consumerist, which means that the company will no longer sell any Miller products once the merger officially goes through.

AB InBev, in turn, is prohibited from providing incentives or rewards to distributors for selling a larger percentage of its beer in comparison to its competitors, Bloomberg detailed. Additionally, the company is required to notify antitrust officials if it purchases a craft brewer in the future, despite the size of the brewery.

The merger has already been approved by regulators in South Africa and Europe. The brewers still need clearance from China in order to seal the deal.

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