NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser Statement on Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquisition of SABMiller | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

Media Contact: LAUREN KANE

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Press Releases| Nov 11, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, VA – National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President & CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement of the terms for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller:

“NBWA is analyzing the terms of the acquisition released today to determine the potential impact on America’s 3,300 independent distributors, the competitive marketplace and American consumers.

The Boston Consulting Group has described America’s unique system of independent beer distribution as ‘open, freely competitive and driven by consumer choice.’ NBWA will continue to advocate for the open and independent system and for the state-based system of alcohol regulation which helps bring new brands to market, drives robust competition among brewers of all sizes and delivers the best selection and value to consumers.

As Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice and the states examine the potential impact of this global acquisition, NBWA will provide input to help ensure that the U.S. marketplace isn’t negatively impacted by this increase in global market power and that America’s vibrant beer market and successful distribution system can continue to thrive.”

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